Dr Amelia Bridges

Dr Amelia Bridges

Research Fellow

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)




BSc (Hons) Marine Biology & Oceanography, University of Plymouth

PhD Marine Ecology

I also have 10+ years experience working for marine conservation organisations, NGOs and charities. 



Research interests

I am a deep-sea ecologist with research interests broadly falling into two fields: spatial ecology in the deep sea, and the use of science to inform policy and marine spatial planning. I have investigated the former both at broad- and fine-scales by employing predictive modelling approaches. I am particularly interested in how to best facilitate the use of predictive model outputs in ocean policy to ensure ecosystem-based management is based on best available data, and is possible for the deep sea despite the general paucity of data.

Whilst my PhD focused on the development and application of habitat suitability models in the South Atlantic, my current research investigates the connectivity of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone in the central Pacific by employing larval dispersal models. 



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Bridges AEH, Barnes DKA, Bell JB, Ross RE, Voges L & Howell KL (2023) 'Filling the data gaps: Transferring models from data-rich to data-poor deep-sea areas to support spatial management' Journal of Environmental Management 345, , DOI Open access
McQuaid KA, Bridges AEH, Howell KL, Gandra TBR, de Souza V, Currie JC, Hogg OT, Pearman TRR, Bell JB & Atkinson LJ (2023) 'Broad-scale benthic habitat classification of the South Atlantic' Progress in Oceanography 214, , DOI Open access
Graves KP, Bridges AEH, Dabrowski T, Furey T, Lyons K & Howell KL (2022) 'Oceanographic variability drives the distribution but not the density of the aggregation forming deep-sea sponge Pheronema carpenteri' Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers , DOI Open access
Howell KL, Bridges AE, Graves KP, Allcock L, la Bianca G, Ventura-Costa C, Donaldson S, Downie AL, Furey T & McGrath F (2022) 'Performance of deep-sea habitat suitability models assessed using independent data, and implications for use in area-based management' Marine Ecology Progress Series 695, 33-51 , DOI Open access
Bridges AEH, Barnes DKA, Bell JB, Ross RE & Howell KL (2022) 'Depth and latitudinal gradients of diversity in seamount benthic communities' Journal of Biogeography 49, (5) 904-915 , DOI Open access
Barnes DKA, Bell JB, Bridges AE, Ireland L, Howell KL, Martin SM, Sands CJ, Mora Soto A, Souster T & Flint G (2021) 'Climate Mitigation through Biological Conservation: Extensive and Valuable Blue Carbon Natural Capital in Tristan da Cunha’s Giant Marine Protected Zone' Biology 10, (12) , DOI Open access
Bridges AEH, Barnes DKA, Bell JB, Ross RE & Howell KL (2021) 'Benthic Assemblage Composition of South Atlantic Seamounts' Frontiers in Marine Science 8, , DOI Open access
Bell JB, Laptikhovsky V, Barnes DKA, Benedet R, Bridges AE, Glass J, Glass W, Green R, Morley SA & Robertson S (2021) 'Life History and Ecology of Bluenose Warehou (Hyperoglyphe antarctica, Centrolophidae) in the Southern Atlantic' Frontiers in Marine Science 8, , DOI Open access