Mr Bruno Salonen

Mr Bruno Salonen

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



I am passionate about discovering how environmental change shapes biodiversity patterns across biogeographies in the Anthropocene and beyond. 

My current PhD project aims to disentangle the influence of environmental filtering on benthic community ecology and distributions across latitude. Our novel hypothesis states that the effects of environmental filtering are detectable over short, abrupt spatial scales in lusitanian waters, and longer uniformed patterns appear in boreal seas.

My prior research explores the rapid evolution of ectotherms in novel environments in the Anthropocene, discussing mechanisms of resilience such as phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary rescue. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the viability of repeating historical experiments for the purpose of creating adaptive chronologies for species in the presence of global change. We faithfully replicated an experiment on a geopopulation of Palaemonidae from 1939 to observe any notable change in cardiorespiratory function in the intervening 80 years. 

In addition to Anthropocene ecophysiology I am deeply interested in the role of environmental forces in shaping large-scale radiations of life across deep time. I believe that what we can learn from the past may greatly shape our future, and that the palaeontological world holds secrets to the grand patterns of life in the face of changing climate. I believe in an interdisciplinary approach where neontological and palaeontological data can, in unison, inform biodiversity shifts on our planet.


PhD Biological Sciences - University of Plymouth (2022-)

MRes Applied Marine Science - University of Plymouth (2020-2022)

Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Torrens University Australia (2016-2018)

PADI Rescue Diver (2021)

Professional membership

Ecology & Evolution Research Group - University of Plymouth - Student member

Society for the Study of Evolution - Student member

Marine Biological Association - Student member

The Palaeontological Association - Student member

Arabian Marine Species Observer (AMSO) United Arab Emirates

Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) UK