Dr Benjamin Ciotti

Dr Benjamin Ciotti

Lecturer in Marine Biology

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

Lecturer in Marine Biology


  • PhD (2012) University of Delaware
  • BSc (2002) University of Liverpool (1st class honours)

Teaching interests

  • Physiology and behaviour of marine animals
  • Coastal ecology
  • Fish biology and fisheries
  • Molecular biology
  • Experimental design and statistics
  • Statistical computing
  • Field techniques in marine biology

Research interests

I take a broad, integrative approach to reveal variation in the performance of marine organisms in nature. My approach builds on physiological fundamentals, modern molecular tools, field surveys, laboratory experiments and statistical analysis to address contemporary ecological concerns.

A major focus of my research is on the development and application of new biochemical and molecular tools to characterize variation in physiological performance in situ. For example, I am applying RNA-based indices to evaluate the importance of coastal areas as nursery habitats for juvenile fishes. Similarly, I am using molecular markers to elucidate long-term impacts of environmental change on physiological and immune performance in crustaceans.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

McCarroll RJ, Scott T, King EV, Masselink G, Ciotti BJ, Cloete A, Steyn P-P, Britz P, Vine NG & Deyzel SHP 2021 'Modelling regional and local-scale larval seeding strategies for abalone (H. midae) ranching in South Africa' Aquaculture 540, 736668-736668 , DOI
Hart MB, Arratia G, Moore C & Ciotti BJ 2020 'Life and death in the Jurassic seas of Dorset, Southern England' Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 131, (6) 629-638 , DOI
Ciotti BJ & Planes S 2019 'Within‐generation consequences of post‐settlement mortality for trait composition in wild populations: An experimental test' Ecology and Evolution , DOI Open access
Whiteley NM, Suckling CC, Ciotti BJ, Brown J, McCarthy, Ian D., Gimenez, Luis, Hauton & Chris 2018 'Sensitivity to near-future CO₂ conditions in marine crabs depends on their compensatory capacities for salinity change' Scientific Reports 8, (1) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Poulter R, Oliver PG, Hauton C, Sanders T & Ciotti BJ 2017 'Infestation of shore crab gills by a free-living mussel species' Marine Biodiversity , DOI Open access
Pratt N, Ciotti BJ, Morgan EA, Taylor P, Stahl H & Hauton C 2015 'No evidence for impacts to the molecular ecophysiology of ion or CO 2 regulation in tissues of selected surface-dwelling bivalves in the vicinity of a sub-seabed CO 2 release' International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 38, 193-201 , DOI
Ciotti BJ, Targett TE, Nash RDM & Geffen AJ 2014 'Growth dynamics of European plaice Pleuronectes platessa L. in nursery areas: A review' Journal of Sea Research 90, 64-82 , DOI
Fox CJ, Targett TE, Ciotti BJ, de Kroon K, Hortsmeyer L & T. Burrows M 2014 'Size variation of 0-group plaice: Are earlier influences on growth potential a contributing factor?' Journal of Sea Research 88, 59-66 , DOI
Ciotti BJ, Targett TE, Nash RDM & Burrows MT 2013 'Small-scale spatial and temporal heterogeneity in growth and condition of juvenile fish on sandy beaches' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 448, 346-359 , DOI
Ciotti BJ, Targett TE & Burrows MT 2013 'Decline in growth rate of juvenile European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) during summer at nursery beaches along the west coast of Scotland' Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70, (5) 720-734 , DOI
Ciotti BJ, Targett TE & Burrows MT 2013 'Spatial variation in growth rate of early juvenile European plaice Pleuronectes platessa' Marine Ecology Progress Series 475, 213-232 , DOI
Rees BB, Targett TE, Ciotti BJ, Tolman CA, Akkina SS & Gallaty AM 2012 'Temporal dynamics in growth and white skeletal muscle composition of the mummichog Fundulus heteroclitus during chronic hypoxia and hyperoxia' Journal of Fish Biology 81, (1) 148-164 , DOI
Ciotti BJ, Targett TE, Nash RDM, Batty RS, Burrows MT & Geffen AJ 2010 'Development, validation and field application of an RNA-based growth index in juvenile plaice Pleuronectes platessa' Journal of Fish Biology 77, (10) 2181-2209 , DOI
Breitburg DL, Craig JK, Fulford RS, Rose KA, Boynton WR, Brady DC, Ciotti BJ, Diaz RJ, Friedland KD & Hagy JD 2009 'Nutrient enrichment and fisheries exploitation: interactive effects on estuarine living resources and their management' Hydrobiologia 629, (1) 31-47 , DOI
Atkinson D, Ciotti BJ & Montagnes DJS 2003 'Protists decrease in size linearly with temperature: ca . 2.5% °C −1' Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences 270, (1533) 2605-2611 , DOI
Morgan EA, Brown A, Ciotti BJ & Panton A 2016 'Effects of temperature stress on ecological processes' Stressors in the Marine Environment Oxford University Press 213-227 , DOI