Professor Jason Hall-Spencer

Professor Jason Hall-Spencer

Professor of Marine Biology

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


Editor-in-Chief: Regional Studies in Marine Science
Guest Editor: Water (Special Issue on Impact of Ocean Acidification on Marine Organisms)
Associate Editor: Frontiers in Marine Science


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PhD University of London, based at Millport Marine Biological Station (NERC funded)
BSc Marine Biology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Health & Safety Executive Part IV Professional Air Diver 

2003-present Honorary Lecturer, University of Glasgow.
2005 British Association Charles Lyell Award.
2010 University of Plymouth World Class Researcher Award.
2012 University of Washington Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship.


2003-2008 Royal Society University Research Fellow, Plymouth University.
2000-2002 Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Glasgow.
1996-1999 PDRA at University of London and University of Glasgow.
1992-1997 Firefighter with Strathclyde Firebrigade.
1992 Marine Nature Conservation Review Team, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK.
1991 Benthic Ecologist. Institute of Offshore Engineering, Edinburgh, UK.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Marine Biological Association, UK
Porcupine Marine Natural History Society
Society for Underwater Technology 
Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Ocean Acidification

Roles on external bodies

DEFRA Healthy andBiologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group.

ICES/OSPAR working groupon Ocean Acidification.

ICES Working Group onDeep-Water Ecology.

Natural England Marine Conservation Zones Evidence Panel

NERC Facility forScientific Diving Steering Committee.

NERC Peer ReviewCollege.

School Academic LiasonCoordinator between Plymouth University and Newquay's Cornwall College.

United Nations Economics of Ocean Acidification working group.

United Nations OceanAcidification international Reference User Group.

University of Malta, Schoolof Biological Sciences external examiner

Previous roles

IPCC ocean acidification working group (funded by UNESCO, 2011-13).
NERC Fellowship Scheme sift and interview panel (2013).
Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge Review Panel Member (2013).
UK Government Advisor (Marine Protected Area Scientific Advisory Panel 2009-2012).
United Nations Environment Programme High Seas management panel (2008-2012).
Rosalind Franklin Award Committee Member (2007- 2010).
International Observer on Canadian Fishing Gear Impact investigation (2007-2010).
Diving Officer, Glasgow University Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC 2001-2002).
Diving Officer, Millport Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC 1995-1997).

Teaching interests

I am thesis advisor for 10 postgraduates and 9 undergraduates, personal tutor for 24 undergraduates, and lead modules MBIO209/210/211 (Methods in Marine Biology, Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, Marine Biology and Oceanography) and MBIO218 (Human Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems). I help organise our 1st year Roscoff fieldcourse for 130 students. and teach on MBIO107 (Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems), MBIO109 (Marine Biology Skills and Fieldcourses), MASC201 (Measurement and Monitoring in the Marine Environment) BIOL301 (Global Change Biology), MASC301 (Marine Ecosystem Conservation), and MBAM5104 (Marine Conservation and Ecological analyses).   

Current PhD Students
1) Bryony Pearce: biogenic reef-forming polychaetes. Viva passed, final thesis pending. 
2) Maria Campbell: application of spatial information to offshore management and planning.
3) Laura Pettit: effects of CO2 on foraminifera. Viva passed, final thesis pending.
4) Demetris Kletou: human impacts in ultraoligotrophic coastal systems.
5) Cecilia Baggini: ecology of Methana submarine gas vents. Viva passed, final thesis pending.
6) Joy Smith: effects of CO2 on zooplankton ecology.
7) Amrit Kumar Mishra: carbon metabolism of seagrasses.
8) Laura Bray: offshore wind farms as artifical reefs in the Meditteranean
9) Anaelle Lemasson: effects of global change on native and invasive molluscs
10) Cecilia Trindade de Castro: how to limit marine invasions from shipping 
Current MRes Students

1) Ro Allen: marine invertebrate settlement and recruitment on a tropical coral reef.
2) Manuela Di Stefano: gastropod parasitism (ERASMUS student from Palermo University)

Current BSc Student dissertations

1) Lewis Ashton: invasive polychaetes in Plymouth Sound
2) Patrick Adkins: response of mussels to predatory crabs off Chile
3) Jake Jefford: sand-blast effects of severe storms on intertidal life off Devon
4) Abi Miller: non-native and native kelp epiphytes
5) Ben Peace-Herbert: invasive mussels around London
6) Toby Russell: effects of TBT on shipwreck fauna
7) Nicholas Shell: as seaweeds take over coral reefs are toxic algal blooms more likely?
8) James Thomas: Using Callionymus lyra to investigate changes in diet with fish size and habitat
9) Melisa Vural: The ecology of a common intertidal starfish of Chile.

Invited keynotes, lectures and policy workshops since 2008.

Public lecture. Algal responses to our changing planet. 6th European Phycology Conference, London, 25 August 2015.

Marine science REF impact case studies. The National Oceanography Centre Association 5th Annual Meeting, Imperial College London, 30 March 2015.

Invited lecture on English Channel fisheries landings. Southwest Marine Ecosystems, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, 13 March 2015.

Lecture on international CO2 seep research, ASLO Conference, Grenada, 23-26 Feb 2015

Invited lecture on satellite monitoring of fisheries, Coastal Futures, London 21-22 January 2015.

Invited lecture on CO2 seep research, Japanese Marine Biology Society, Tokyo, 8 Dec 2014.

Invited lecture on fishing down English Channel foodwebs, Seafish Billingsgate Market, 5 Nov 2014.

Departmental Seminar, CO2 seeps off Columbia? Manchester University, 6 Oct 2014.

Invited Keynote from John Murray's work to now. Challenger Society, Plymouth, 8 Sep 2014.

Public lecture, University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada 1 July 2014.

EU FP7 MedSeA benthic workpackage summary. Barcelona 10-11 June 2014.

Invited lecture, Efectos en el ecosistema de la acidificación del océano, University of Malaga, 2 April 2014.

Maerl policy workshop. Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh 17-18 March 2014.

EU COST Seagrass Workshop. Olhao, Portugal 3-7 March 2014.

Marine Strategy Framework Directive policy meeting, Marine Biological Association, 26-27 Feb 2014.

Effects of CO2 on marine primary production, Xiamen University, China, 22 Jan 2014. 

Volcanic seep research, National Taiwan University, 21 Jan 2014. 

Minimizing fisheries displacement, Academia Sinica Taipei, 20 Jan 2014.

Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews, 14 Jan 2014.

Lessons learnt from field studies. International Ocean Acidification Reference User Group, Monaco 2 Dec 2013.

Ecology of ocean acidification roundtable, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 19-25 Oct 2013. 

Synthesis of ecosystem-level ocean acidification research. ICES HQ, Copenhagen, 8 Oct 2013

Ocean acidification in coral reefs. University of Tokyo, 29 Sep- 3 Oct 2013.

Invited Keynote Ocean acidification. European Marine Biology Symposium, Galway, 19-23 Aug 2013.

Inaugral Professorial Lecture. Marine Science into Policy, Plymouth University, 26 Mar 2013.

Identification of nongeniculate Corallinaceae. Seaweeds Course, Marine Biological Association, 18 Mar 2013.

FP7 MedSeA results from CO2 vents. Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion, Greece, 4-6 Mar 2013.

FP7 MedSeA results from CO2 vents. University of Bangor, 28 Feb 2013.

FP7 MedSeA results on ocean acidification. University Brunei Darusselam, 12 Feb 2013.

Fisheries and coastal degradation. World Fish Centre, Penang, Malaysia, 4 Feb 2013.

Marine biology using submarines, Newquay College, UK, 24 Jan 2012.

Marine biology & climate change. Swire Inst. of Marine Biology, Hong Kong, 14 Dec 2012.

FP7 MedSeA results from CO2 vents. University of Hull. 5 Dec 2012.

Policy workshop. Ocean acidification effects on fisheries and aquaculture. IAEA Monaco, 11-13 Nov 2012.
Tutor: Climate Change in the Marine Realm. International Summer School for Students. Alfred Wegener Institute Wadden Sea Station, List/Sylt 10-24 September 2012.

Deep-sea coral reefs. San Juan Community Theatre, Washington State, USA, 1 July 2012.

Ecosystem effects of ocean acidification. Friday Harbour Marine Lab., USA, 28 June 2012.

Global Oceans Governance. European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 6 June 2012.

Invited Keynote CO2 effects on seagrass meadows, University of Nottingham, UK, 9-10 May 2012.

Policy workshop. Evaluating the sensitivity of Central and South American benthic communities to global climate changes. Ilhabela, Brazil, 22-26 April 2012.

Ecological effects of ocean acidification. Final EPOCA meeting, Nice, 2-6 April 2012.

Invited Keynote Ocean acidification - impact synergies update. University of Oxford 19-21 March 2012.

Progress with volcanic vent research. MedSeA annual meeting. Rome 5-8 March 2012.

Acid washed genes. AAAS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada,16-20 Feb 2012.

Effects of increasing CO2 levels on coastal marine ecosystems. University of Washington, USA, 14 Feb 2012.

Rocky shore effects of increasing CO2. University of British Columbia, Canada, 13 Feb 2012.

University of the third age. Yealm Yacht Club, UK, 8 Feb 2012.

Marine horizon scanning. IUCN/Total Foundation Biodiversity Symposium, Porquerolles, France, 5 Oct 2011.

Arctic acidification. Norwegian Inst. Mar. Sci., Tromso, Norway, 27-29 Sep 2011.

Suffolk and the Sea. Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 23 Sep 2011.

Submarine volcanoes. Chartered Engineers Club, Exeter, UK, 14 March 2011.

Underwater research breakthroughs. The Big SCUBA Show, London, UK, 19-20 Feb 2011.

Minimizing displacement in offshore MPA design, ZSL London, UK, 3 Feb 2011.

Ecosystem effects of towed fishing gear. Yealm Environment Group, 31 Jan 2011.

Invited Keynote Ocean Dynamics in the Cretaceous, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 26-28 Jan 2011.

Invited Keynote IPCC WG1 & WG2, Okinawa, Japan, 14-20 Jan 2011.

NERC UKOARP kick-off meeting, Cambridge, UK, 5-7 Jan 2011.

Ecosystem effects of acidification, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany, 10 Dec 2010.

Coral Gardens. Cornwall College Newquay, UK, 1 Dec 2010.

Economics of ocean acidification, Monaco, 17 Nov 2010.

Invited workshop participant. Frontiers of Science, Perth, Australia,12 Oct 2010.

IMarEST 46th Marine Measurement Forum, London, UK, 9 May 2010.

Heriot-Watt University Marine MSc Programme, Edinburgh, UK 19 Mar 2010.

Seamounts. 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting ,San Diego, USA, 18-22 Feb 2010.

Algal response to CO2 DIVERSITAS OSC2 ,Cape Town, South Africa,14-16 Oct 2009.

Research in shallow and marine freshwater systems, Freiberg, Germany, 14-16 May 2009.

Invited expert, Marine Natura 2000 for the Atlantic Region, Galway, Ireland, 24-25 Mar 2009.

Invited lecture. Biodiversity, Ecosystemsand Fisheries. FAO, Rome, Italy, 3 Mar 2009.

Seamount management. Hong Kong University School of Biology, China, 29 Dec 2008.

Invited Keynote 4th Cold-water Coral Symposium, New Zealand, 1-5 Dec 2008.

Climate and Oceans Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 5 Nov 2008.

Invited Keynote 2nd Oceans in a High CO2 World Conference, Monaco, 5-9 Oct 2008.

Invited lecture. Euroclimate Conference, Giens, France, 29-30 Sept 2008.

Invited workshop participant. Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Seattle, USA, 27-29 May 2008.

Deep-sea conservation for the UK. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society, Bangor, UK, 28-30 Mar 2008.

Research interests

Current research spans seamount ecology , fisheries , ocean acidificationaquaculture and conservation. I'm also working on Marine Protected Area design using satellite vessel monitoring for fisheries management. My main fieldwork sites are currently at volcanic CO2 vents in the Mediterranean, and coral reefs in the Arctic, the NE Atlantic and off Papua New Guinea.

Recent consultancy work includes a Marine Stewardship Council assessment of the US scallop fishery, an assessment of ship biofouling in African waters for Sach Solicitors Ltd, assessments of the effects of capital dredging in UK waters for Royal Haskoning, assessments of Natura 2000 sites and Marine Conservation Zones for DEFRA and biodiversity reports for OSPAR. I also conduct commercial diving surveys (e.g. for Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Falmouth Harbour Commissioner, Natural England, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage) and underwater filming (e.g. for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and ITV).

My work attracts media attention, clink links for BBC reports

'Jacuzzi vents' model CO2 future. 2012 link
Ocean life under threat 2012 link

Metabolomics - ocean acidification. Material World 2012 link
Falmouth sailors' concern for marine conservation plans. 2011 link
Scottish Seas resilient against CO2 acidification. 2011 link
Hi-tech attempt to save coral. 2011 link
Census discovers 5,000 marine species. 2010 link
In pictures: Coral reefs under threat. 2010 link
'Coral lab' offers acidity insight. 2009 link
Global warming, carbon dioxide and the oceans. 2009 link
Natural lab shows sea's acid path. 2009 link
Scientists explore coldwater reef. 2007 link
Napoli sea fans appear undamaged. 2007 link
Destruction of coral reefs. 2005 link
Cold water coral. Material World 2005 link
SOS call for Ireland's deep coral. 2005 link
Trawlers 'smashing' cold-water corals. 2002 link

Other research

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhD  2004 Nick Kamenos , Recruitment of commercial species to maerl. 
MRes 2006 Hayley Miles, Effects of ocean acidification on the sea urchin Psammechinus miliaris.
MRes 2008 Emma Ransome, Effects of ocean acidification on intertidal organisms.
Diploma Thesis 2008 Tina Kerby, Seamount fisheries (Erasmus placement from Kiel, Germany).
MSc  2008 Katie Wanner-Halder, Gorgonian calcification.
MRes 2008 Gemma Veneruso, Gorgonian genetics.
MRes 2008 Amanda Hopes, Transformation systems in coccolithophores.
PhD  2008 Jayme Lohr, Viral disease in corals.
MRes 2009 Samantha Ottolangui, Calcification in coccolithophores.
MRes 2009 Rebecca Lumbis, Effects of marine fisheries closures in SW England 1990-2007.
MRes 2009 Maria Rousou, Seasonality in fisheries discards in Cyprus.
MRes 2010 Thomas Hinman, Ecological niche modelling of seagrass in the UK.

PhD  2012 Vivienne Johnson, Effects of increasing CO2 on microalgae.
MRes 2012 Matthew Keys, Coccolithophore culture experiments.
MRes 2012 Sarah Heath, pH homeostasis in marine phytoplankton.
MRes 2012 Giuseppe Sauria, Amphipods along pCO2 gradients (Erasmus placement from Ancona, Italy).
PhD 2014 Grazyna Durak: silification mechanisms in algae.

Grants & contracts

Grants since 2008 

1) Range P (PI), Silva CPP, Gallo F, Leitão F, Martins GM, Ramos JB, Chicharo L, Chicharo MA, Viveiros F, Carreiro-Silva M, Hall-Spencer JM, Couto RFP, Ferreira T (2014-2015) MOFETA – Investigating the ecological effects of ocean acidification in shallow water volcanic CO2 vents of the Azores. (EXPL/MAR-EST/0604/2013). Funded by FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) ~ 49,768€.
2) EU ASSEMBLE Gulf of Aqaba: a Noah's Ark of heat resistant corals? (4000 Euros) 2013-14 PI
3) Marine Institute Small Collaborative Research Grant (£5K) Holocene sea level rise and the separation of Jersey from France 2014-15 Co-I (PI Chris Smart).
4) EU MARES Seagrass physiology (122400 euros) 2013-2016 Co-I (PI R Santos University of the Algarve)
5) NERC Scaling empirically derived ocean acidification responses to naturally assembled systems (72000) 2013-14 Co-I (PI M Solan, Southampton Uni)
6) NERC Response of benthic photosynthetic organisms to increased CO2 workshop funding (£19K) 2013 Co-I (PI C Brownlee, MBA Plymouth)
7) EU MARES Zooplankton ecology on coral reefs, Papua New Guinea (122400 euros) 2012-2016 Co-I
8) EU COST Action ES0906: Seagrass productivity: from genes to ecosystem management (funding for meetings) 2012 Co-I. (PI R Santos University of the Algarve)
9) EU MARES Effects of ocean acidification at Methana, Greece (122400 euros) 2011-15 PI.
10) EU FP7 MedSeA (£180000) 2011-13 PI.
11) NERC PhD studentship with additional HEFCE support ( £89K) Assessing the effects of long-term ocean acidification at volcanic CO2 vents 2010-14 PI.
12) Marine Institute PhD studentship (£58K) Assessing effects of ocean acidification on marine autotrophs 2009-12 PI.
13) Consultancy for Falmouth Habour Commissioner assessing impacts of anchoring in Falmouth Bay (£3K) 2010-11 PI.
14) Consultancy for Moody International Ltd. (£4.5K) American scallop MSC assessment. 2010-13.PI.
15) Estée Fairbairn Foundation (£38K) Satellite-based fisheries management 2007-10 PI.
16) SWRDA (£38K) Using spatial fisheries data to plan renewable energy developments. 2008-10 PI.
17) DEFRA (£458K) Lyme Bay - A Case Study: Measuring recovery of benthic species; assessing potential 'spillover' effects and socio-economic changes. 08-11 Co-I. (PI M Attrill, Plymouth Uni)
18) EU FP7  €354,597 Knowledge-based sustainable management for Europe's Seas. 08-13 Co-I. (PI Attrill Plymouth Uni)
19) EU INTEREG €213,730 CHannel integrated Approach for marine Resource Management 09-12 CoI. (PI S Votier Plymouth Uni)
20) Falmouth Harbour Commission dredging assessment (£3K) 2009 PI.
21) Leverhulme Trust (£80K) Ecological effects of volcanic gas vents on marine benthos. 07-09 PI. 
22) Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (£17.7K) Projects on maerl physiology, Limaria hians and Eunicella verrucosa 04-8 PI.
23) Royal Society University Research Fellowship (£265K) 02-09 PI.

Creative practice & artistic projects

I produce underwater videos using SCUBA for teaching and TV, for example

I presented a series of interactive lectures on the latest discoveries in marine biology at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, 2-6 July 2007 in London.

Research groups

  • Marine Biology & Ecology Research Centre (MBERC)

Publications since 2008

Hall-Spencer JM, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Martin S, Ransome E, Fine M, Turner SM, Rowley SJ,Tedesco D, Buia M-C (2008) Volcanic carbon dioxide vents reveal ecosystem effects of ocean acidification. Nature 454, 96-99.

Martin S, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Ransome E, Rowley S, Buia M-C, Gattuso J-P, Hall-Spencer JM (2008) Effects of naturally acidified seawater on seagrass calcareous epibionts. Biology Letters 4, 689-692.


Ellis RP, Bersey J, Rundle SD, Hall-Spencer JM, Spicer JI (2009) Subtle but significant effects of CO2 acidified sea water on embryos of the intertidal snail, Littorina obtusata. Aquatic Biology 5, 41-48.

Hall-Spencer JM, Rauer E (2009) Champagne seas - foretelling the ocean's future? Journal of Marine Education 25, 11-12.

Hall-Spencer JM, Tasker M, Soffker M, Christiansen S, Rogers S, Campbell M, Hoydal K (2009) The design of Marine Protected Areas on High Seas and territorial waters of Rockall. Marine Ecology Progress Series 397, 305-308.

Tittensor DP, Baco-Taylor AR, Brewin P, Clark MR, ConsalveyM, Hall-Spencer JM, Rowden AA, Schlacher T, Stocks K, Rogers AD (2009) Predicting global habitat suitability for stony corals on seamounts. Journal of Biogeography 36, 1111-1128. 


Barry JP, Hall-Spencer JM, Tyrell T (2010) In situ perturbation experiments: natural venting sites, spatial/temporal gradients in ocean pH, manipulative in situ pCO2 perturbations. In Riebesell U, Fabry VJ, Hansson L & Gattuso J-P (Eds.) Guide to Best Practices in Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union pp 123-136.

Cigliano M, Gambi MC, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Patti FP, Hall-Spencer JM (2010) Effects of ocean acidification on invertebrate settlement. Marine Biology 157, 2489-2502.

Clark MR, Rowden AA, Schlacher T, Williams A, Consalvey M, Stocks KI, Rogers AD,O'Hara TD, White M, Shank TM, Hall-Spencer JM (2010) The ecology of seamounts: structure, function and human impacts. Annual Reviews in Marine Science 2, 253-278.

Dias B, Hart M, Smart C, Hall-Spencer JM (2010). Modern seawater acidification: the response of foraminifers to high-CO2 conditions in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Geological Society, London 167, 843-846.

Le Guilloux E, Hall-Spencer JM, Soeffker MK, Olu-Le Roy K (2010) Association between the squat lobster Gastroptychus formosus (Filhol, 1884) and cold-water corals in the North Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, UK 90, 1363-1369.

Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Lombardi C, Cocito S, Hall-Spencer JM, Gambi MC. (2010) Effects of ocean acidification and high temperatures on the bryozoan Myriapora truncata at natural CO2 vents. Marine Ecology 31, 447-456.

Tittensor DP, Baco AR, Hall-Spencer JM, Orr JC, Rogers AD (2010) Seamounts as refugia from ocean acidification for cold-water stony corals. Marine Ecology 31, 212-225.


Barry JP, Widdicombe S, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Effects of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity and ecosystem function. In Gattuso JP & Hansson L (eds) Ocean acidification. Oxford University Press.

Hall-Spencer JM (2011) No reason for complacency. Nature Climate Change 1, 174.

Hall-Spencer, J., Söffker M. K., Thomsen L., Unnithan V. (2011) Deep-water corals along the Norwegian contintental margin: Multidisciplinary studies on Sula Ridge, Traena Reef, Røst Reef, Floholmen and Sotbakken. In Klages M. and Thiede J. (Eds.). The Expedition of the Research Vessel “Polarstern” to the Arctic in 2007 (ARK-XXII/1a-c). Reports on Polar and Marine Research, 627, 250 pp. 8.

Hernandez-Kantun J, Rindi F, Riosmena R, Maggs C, Hall-Spencer J (2011) Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of maerl-forming corallines in northern Europe. European Journal of Phycology 46, 64-64.

Kerrison P, Hall-Spencer JM, Suggett D, Hepburn LJ, Steinke M (2011) Assessment of pH variability at coastal CO2 vents for ocean acidification studies. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 94, 129-137.

Porzio L, Buia MC, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Effects of ocean acidification on macroalgal communities. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400, 278-287.

Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Houlbrèque F, Tambutté E, Boisson F, Baggini C, Patti FP, Jeffree R, Fine M, Foggo A, Gattuso J-P, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Coral and mollusc resistance to ocean acidification adversely affected by warming. Nature Climate Change 1, 308-312.

Söffker M, Sloman KA, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) In situ observations of fish associated with coral reefs off Ireland. Deep-Sea Research Part 1 58, 818-825.


Arnold T, Mealey C, Leahey H, Miller AW, Hall-Spencer JM, Milazzo M, Maers K (2012) Ocean acidification and the loss of protective phenolics in seagrasses. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35107.

Hahn S, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Griesshaber E, Schmahl WW, Buhl D, Hall-Spencer JM, Baggini C, Fehr KT, Immenhauser A (2012) Marine bivalve shell geochemistry and ultrastructure from modern low pH environments: environmental effect versus experimental bias. Biogeosciences 9, 1897-1914.

Hall-Spencer JM, Rodolfo-Metalpa R (2012) Effects of ocean acidification on Mediterranean coastal habitats. In Stambler N (ed.) Life in the Mediterranean Sea: A look at habitat changes. Nova Science Publishers Inc. p 671-684. ISBN: 978-1-61209-644-5

Hernandez-Kantun JJ, Rindi F, Riosmena-Rodríguez R, Maggs CA, Hall-Spencer JM, Peña V (2012) Molecular diversity of maerl-forming corallines (Corallinales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 48, S16-S16.

Johnson VR, Russell BD, Fabricius K, Brownlee C, Hall-Spencer JM (2012) Temperate and tropical brown macroalgae thrive, despite decalcification, along natural CO2 gradients. Global Change Biology 18, 2792-2803.

Kletou D, Hall-Spencer JM (2012) Threats to ultraoligotrophic marine ecosystems. In Cruzado A (ed) Marine Ecosystems. InTech - Open Access Publisher. ISBN 979-953-307-430-5

Lidbury I, Johnson V, Hall-Spencer JM, Munn CB & Cunliffe M (2012) Community-level response of coastal microbial biofilms to ocean acidification in a natural carbon dioxide vent ecosystem. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64, 1063-1066.

Russell BD, Harley CDG, Wernberg T, Mieszkowska N, Widdicombe S, Hall-Spencer JM, Connell SD (2012) Predicting ecosystem shifts requires new approaches that integrate the effects of climate change across entire systems. Biology Letters 8, 164-166.

Sabatier P, Reyss JL, Hall-Spencer JM, Colin C, Frank N, Tisnérat-Laborde N, Bordier L, Douville E (2012) 210Pb-226Ra chronology reveals rapid growth rate of Madrepora oculata and Lophelia pertusa on world's largest cold-water coral reef. Biogeosciences 9, 1253-1265.

Suggett DJ, Hall-Spencer JM, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Boatman TG, Payton R, Pettay DT, Johnson VR, Warner ME & Lawson T (2012) Sea anemones may thrive in a high CO2 world. Global Change Biology 18, 3015-3025.

Yesson C, Taylor ML, Tittensor DP, Davies AJ, Guinotte J, Baco A, Black J, Hall-Spencer JM, Rogers AD (2012) Global habitat suitability of cold-water octocorals. Journal of Biogeography 39, 1278-1292


Beare DJ, McQuatters-Gollup A, van der Hammen, T, Machiels M, Teoh SJ, Hall-Spencer JM (2013) Long-term trends in calcifying plankton and pH in the North Sea. PLOS ONE 8, e61175.

Boatta F, D’Alessandro W, Gagliano AL, Liotta M, Milazzo M, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Hall-Spencer JM, Parello F (2013) Geochemical survey of Levante Bay, Vulcano Island (Italy) and its suitability as a natural laboratory for the study of ocean acidification. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 73, 485-494.

Calosi P, Rastrick SPS, Graziano M, Thomas SC, Baggini C, Carter HA, Hall-Spencer JM, Milazzo M, Spicer JI (2013) Acid-base and ion-regulation capacity-dependent distribution of sea urchins living near shallow water CO2 vents. Marine Pollution Bulletin 73, 470-484.

Hilmi, N., Allemand, D., Dupont, S., Safa, A., Haraldsson, G., Nunes, P.D., Moore, C., Hattam, C., Reynaud, S., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Fine, M., Turley, C., Jeffree, R., Orr, J., Munday, P.L., Cooley, S. (2013) Towards improved socio-economic assessments of ocean acidification's impacts. Marine Biology, 160, 1773-1787.

Johnson, V.R., Brownlee, C., Rickaby, R.E.M., Graziano, M., Milazzo, M., Hall-Spencer, J.M. (2013) Responses of marine benthic microalgae to elevated CO2. Marine Biology 160, 1813-1824.

Pascelli C, Riul P, Riosmena-Rodriguez, Scherner F, Nunes M, Hall-Spencer JM, Cabral de Oliveira E & Horta P (2013) Seasonal and depth-driven changes in rhodolith bed structure and associated macroalgae off Arvoredo island (southeastern Brazil). Aquatic Botany 111, 62-65.

Pena V, Barreiro R, Hall-Spencer JM, Grall J (2013) Lithophyllum spp. form unusual maerl beds in the North East Atlantic: the case study of L. fasciculatum in Brittany. An aod – les cahiers naturalistes de l’Observatoire marin 2 11-22.

Pettit LR, Hart MB, Medina-Sánchez AN, Smart CW, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Hall-Spencer JM; Prol-Ledesma RM (2013) Benthic foraminifera show some resilience to ocean acidification in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin 73, 452-462.

Russell BD, Connell SD, Uthicke S, Muehllehner N, Fabricius KE & Hall-Spencer JM (2013) Future seagrass beds: increased productivity leading to carbon storage? Marine Pollution Bulletin 73, 463-469.

Scherner F, Horta PA, Oliveira EC, Simonassi JC, Hall-Spencer JM, Chow F, Nunes JMC, Pereira SMB (2013) Coastal urbanization leads to remarkable seaweed species loss and community shifts along the SW Atlantic. Marine Pollution Bulletin 76, 106-115.

Turra A, Cróquer A, Carranza A, Mansilla A, Areces A, Werlinger C, Bayón C, Nassar C, Plastino E, Schwindt E, Scarabino F, Ho F, Figueroa FL, Berchez F, Hall-Spencer J, Soto L, Buckeridge MS, Copertino M, Széchy MT, Ghilardi-Lopes N, Horta P, Coutinho R, Fraschetti S & Leão Z (2013) Global environmental changes: setting priorities for Latin American coastal habitats. Global Change Biology 19, 1965-1969.


Baggini C, Salomidi M, Voutsinas E, Bray L, Krasakopoulou E, Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Seasonality affects macroalgal community response to increases in pCO2. PLoS ONE 9(9), e106520.

Bray L, Pancucci-Papadopulou MA, Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Sea urchin response to rising pCO2 shows ocean acidification may fundamentally alter the chemistry of marine skeletons. Mediterranean Marine Science 15, 510-519.

Brodie J, Williamson CJ, Smale DA, Kamenos NA,Mieszkowska N, Santos R, Cunliffe M, Steinke M, Yesson C, Anderson KM, AsnaghiV, Brownlee C, Burdett HL, Burrows MT, Collins S, Donohue PJC, Harvey B, FoggoA, Noisette F, Nunes J, Ragazzola F, Raven JA, Schmidt DN, Suggett D, TeichbergM, Hall-Spencer JM (2014) The future of the NE Atlantic benthic flora in a high CO2 world. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 2787-2789.

Campbell MS, Stehfest KM, Votier SC & Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Mapping fisheries for marine spatial planning: Gear-specific Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), marine conservation and offshore renewable energy. Marine Policy 45, 293-300.

Duquette AM, Mcclintock JB, Amsler CD, Hall-Spencer JM, Milazzo M (2014) Effects of reduced pH on shell integrity of a common whelk from a natural undersea CO2 vent community off Vulcano Island, Italy. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54, E269-E269. 

EarnshawS, Perez-Domiguez R, Worsfold T, Pears S, Hubble M, Blyth-Skrme R, Wells E,Blyth-Skyrme V, Hall-Spencer J, Rehfisch M (2014) Independent science review ofthe Scottish Marine Protected Areas Network for the Scottish Government.APM/002/14. APEM Ref 413361. 318pp.

Fitch JE, Cooper KM, Crowe TP, Hall-Spencer JM, Phillips G (2014) Response of multi-metric indices to anthropogenic pressures in distinct marine habitats: the need for recalibration to allow wider applicability. Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.07.056

Goodwin C, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Picton B & Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Effects of ocean acidification on sponge communities. Marine Ecology 35, 41-49.

Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Volcanic CO2 vents reveal the effects of ocean acidification on molluscs. Tentacle 22, 24-35.

Hart MB, Leighton AD,Smart CW, Pettit LR, Medina-Sánchez IN, Harries PL, Cárdenas AL,Hall-Spencer JM & Prol-Ledesma RM (2014) Ocean acidification in modern seasand its recognition in the geological record:The Cretaceous/Paleogene boundaryin Texas and Alabama: Gulf Coast Association of Geological SocietiesTransactions 64, 193–213.

Heiser S, Hall-Spencer JM, Hiscock K (2014) Assessing the extent of establishment of Undaria pinnatifida in Plymouth Sound Special Area of Conservation, UK. Marine Biodiversity Records 7, e93.

Hilmi N, Allemand D, Cinar M, Cooley S, Hall-Spencer J, Haraldsson G, Hattam C, Jeffree RA, Orr JC, Rehdanz K, Reynaud S, Safa A, Dupont S (2014) Exposure of Mediterranean countries to ocean acidification. Water 6, 1719-1744.

Jackson EL, Davies A, Howell KL Kershaw PJ Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Future-proofing Marine Protected Area networks for cold water coral reefs. ICES Journal of Marine Science 71, 2621-2629.

Kerfahi D, Hall-Spencer JM, Tripathi BM, Milazzo M, Adams JM (2014) Shallow water marine sediment bacterial community shifts along a natural CO2 gradient in the Mediterranean Sea off Vulcano, Italy. Microbial Ecology 67, 819-828.

Langer G, Nehrke G, Baggini C, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Hall-Spencer J, Bijma J (2014) Limpets counteract ocean acidification induced shell corrosion by thickening of aragonitic shell layers. Biogeosciences 11, 7363-7368.

McClintock JB, Amsler CD, Amsler MO, Duquette A, Angus RA, Hall-Spencer JM, Milazzo M (2014) Trace elements in shells of common gastropods in the near vicinity of a natural CO2 vent: no evidence of pH-dependent contamination. Biogeoscience Discussions 11, 5215-5237.

Martins CDL, Hullier C, Ramlow F, Simonassi JC, Gouvea LP, Noernberg M, Maraschin M, Colepicolo P, Hall-Spencer JM, Horta PA (2014) Seaweed chemical diversity: an additional and efficient tool for coastal evaluation. Journal of Applied Phycology. 26, 2037-2045

Milazzo M, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Chan VBS, Fine F, Alessi C, Thiyagarajan V, Hall-Spencer, JM, Chemello R (2014) Ocean acidification impairs vermetid reef recruitment. Scientific Reports 4, 4189. 

Molfese C, Beare D, Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Overfishing and the Replacement of Demersal Finfish by Shellfish: An Example from the English Channel. PLoS ONE 9(7), e101506.

Pena V, Barbara I, Grall J., Maggs CA, Hall-Spencer JM (2014) The diversity of seaweeds on maerl in the NE Atlantic. Marine Biodiversity. 44, 533-551.

Taylor J, Ellis R, Milazzo M, Hall-Spencer JM, Cunliffe M (2014) Intertidal epilithic bacteria diversity changes along a naturally occurring carbon dioxide and pH gradient. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 89, 670-678.

Ziveri P, Passaro M, Incarbona A, Milazzo M, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Decline in coccolithophore diversity and impact on coccolith morphogenesis along a natural CO2 gradient. The Biological Bulletin 226, 282-290.


Alexander K, Kershaw P, Cooper P, Gilbert A,Hall-Spencer J, Heymans J, Kannen A, Los H, O'Higgins T, O'Mahony C, Tett P, TroostT, van Beusekom J (2015) Challenges of achieving Good Environmental Statusin the northeast Atlantic. Ecology and Society 20, 49. 

Baggini C, Issaris Y, Salomidi M, Hall-Spencer JM(2015) Herbivore diversity improves benthic community resilience to oceanacidification. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

Celis-PláPSM, Hall-Spencer JM, Horta P, Milazzo M, Korbee N, Cornwall CE and Figueroa FL(2015) Macroalgalresponses to ocean acidification depend on nutrient and light levels. Frontiersin Marine Science

Chauhan A, Pathak A, Wafula D, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Milazzo M, Hall-Spencer JM (2015) Metagenomics reveals planktonic bacterial community shifts across a natural CO2 gradient in the Mediterranean Sea. Genome Announcements. 3, e01543-14

Collard M, Rastrick SPS, Piero C, Demolder Y, Dille J, Findlay HS, Hall-Spencer JM, Milazzo M, Moulin L, Widdicombe S, Dehairs F, Dubois P (2015) The impact of ocean acidification and warming on the skeletal mechanical properties of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus from laboratory and field observations, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv018

Garilli V, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Scuderi D, Brusca L, Parrinello D, Rastrick SPS, Foggo A, Twitchett RJ, Hall-Spencer JM, Milazzo M (submitted) Physiological advantages of dwarfing in surviving extinctions in high CO2 oceans. Nature Climate Change

Gaylord B, Kroeker KJ, Sunday JM, Anderson KM, Barry JP, Brown NE, Connell SD, Dupont S, Fabricius KE, Hall-Spencer JM, Klinger T, Milazzo M, Munday PL, Russell BD, Sanford E, Schreiber SJ, Thiyagarajan V, Vaughan H, Widdicombe S, Harley CDG (2015) Ocean acidification through the lens of ecological theory. Ecology, 96, 3-15.

Hall-Spencer J (2015) Ocean acidification: how will marine life cope? Planet Earth, Spring 2015, 20-21.

Heiser, S.,Hall-Spencer JM, Hiscock K (2015) Assessing the extent of establishment of Undariapinnatifida in Plymouth Sound Special Area of Conservation, UK. Bulletin of thePorcupine Marine Natural History Society. 3 Spring 2015, 34-35.

Hernandez-Kantun JJ, Riosmena-Rodriguez R, Hall-Spencer JM, Pena V, Maggs CA, Rindi F (2015) Phylogenetic analysis of rhodolith formation in the Corallinales (Rhodophyta) European Journal of Phycology 50, 46-61.

Leung KMY, Hall-Spencer JM, Lauenstein G (2015) The need for regional studies in marine science. Regional Studies in Marine Science doi:10.1016/j.rsma.2015.02.002

Newcomb LA, Milazzo M, Hall-Spencer JM, Carrington E (2015) Ocean acidification bendsthe Mermaid’s Wineglass. BiologyLetters

Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Montagna P, Aliani S, Borghini M, Canese S, Hall-Spencer JM, Foggo A, Milazzo M, Taviani M, Houlbrèque F (2015) Calcification is not the Achilles’ heel of cold-water corals in an acidifying ocean. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12867

Reports & invited lectures

Reports, published conference proceedings and policy documents since 2008

Amundsen H, Anderson L, Andersson A, Azetsu-Scott K, Bellerby R, Beman M, Browman HI, Carlson C, Cheung WWL, Chierici M, Clayton T, Cooley S, Croot P, Daan N, Duarte C, Dupont S, Fine M, Flaaten O, Fossa JH, Fransson A, Gjertsen A, Hall-Spencer J, Hallock-Muller P, Havenhand J, Hilmi N, Hovels G, Hurst TP, Iglesias-Rodriguez D, Jeansson E, Knorr P, Kurihara H, Lam VWY, Lisle J, Macdonald R, MacKenzie F, Manno C, Mathis J, McCoy S, Melzner F, Miller L, Munday P, Olafsson J, Olsen A, Passow U, Pörtner H-O, Reiersen L-O, Ries J, Robbins L, Robert D, Runge J, Safa A, Scott D, Skjoldal HR, Steiner N, Sumaila UR, Suzuki K, Thingstad F, Wilson S, Wootton T, Yamamoto-Kauai M (2013) AMAP Assessment 2013: Arctic Ocean Acidification. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP),Oslo, Norway. viii + 99 pp. ISBN 978-82-7971-082-0.

Attrill MJ, Fowell S, Jackson EL, Hall-Spencer JM, Langmead O, Mangi S,Parkin M, Sheehan EV, Stevens, T. 2008. Lyme Bay – a case-study: measuring recovery of benthic species; assessing potential "spillover" effects and socio-economic changes, Biannual Report, October 2008. Report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the University of Plymouth-led consortium. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd. 13pp.

Auster PJ, Bergstad OA, Brock R, Colaco A, Duran Munoz P, Ellwood H, Golding N, Grehan A, Hall-Spencer J, Howell K, Ingels J, Kenchington E, McIntyre F, Monot L, Mortensen PB, Neat F, Nieto-Conde F, Pinto C, Ross S, Vinnichenko V, Watling L (2013) Report of the ICES\NAFO Joint Working Group on Deep-water Ecology (WGDEC), 11–15 March 2013, Floedevigen, Norway. ICES CM 2013/ACOM:28. 95 pp.

Brock R, Hall-Spencer JM et al. (2010) Report of the ICES/NAFO Joint Working Group on Deep-water Ecology (WGDEC). ICES CM 2010/ACOM:26.

Earnshaw S, Perez-Dominguez R, Worsfold T, Pears S, Hubble M, Blyth-Skyrme R, Wells E, Blyth-Skyrme V, Hall-Spencer J, Rehfisch M (2014) Independent scientific review of the Scottish Marine protected Areas network. APEM Scientific Report for The Scottish Government, Report Ref: APM/002/14. APEM Ref 413361.

Fernandes JA, Queirós AM, Artioli Y, Widdicombe S, Beaumont N, Cheung W, Merino G,  Seeley B, Turley C, Calosi P, Papathanasopoulou E, Hattam C, Austen M, Yool A, Anderson TR, Pope EC, Hall-Spencer J, Speirs D, Flynn KJ, Grant A, Barange M. (2013) Modelling ocean acidification impacts: from biological experiments to economic assessments and social impacts. Proceedings of the ICES Annual Science Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, Volume: ICES CM 2013/b:40.

Gambi MC, Hall-Spencer JM, Cigliano M, Cocito S, Lombardi C, Lorenti M, Patti FP,Porzio L, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Scipione MB, Buia MC (2010) Using volcanic marine CO2 vents to study the effects of ocean acidification on benthic biota: highlights from Castello Aragonese d'Ischia (Tyrrhenian Sea). Biol. Mar. Mediterr. 17, 86-88.

Hahn S, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Griesshaber E, Schmal WW, Buhl D, Hall-Spencer JM,Baggini C, Immenhauser A (2011) Exploring the geochemistry and shell ultrastructure of bivalves as archives of past ocean acidification events: recent Mytilidae in a natural acidic setting in Ischia (Italy, Mediterranean Sea). Geophysical Research Abstracts 13, EGU 2011-7130.

Hall-Spencer JM (2009) Natural CO2 vents reveal ecological tipping points due to ocean acidification. Global Change Newsletter 23, 30.

Hall-Spencer (2011) Port of Falmouth maerl 'recovery' report.

Hall-Spencer J, Clark M, Consalvey M, Rowden A, Stocks K & Schlacher T (2011) A celebration of life on seamounts. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter 30, 54-56. ISSN 1466-0369.

Hall-Spencer JM, Kelly J & Maggs CA (2010) Background document for maerl. OSPAR Commission, 491/2010 36pp.

Hall-Spencer JM, Munn C & Hiscock K (2009) Scientific divers quantify first known outbreaks of cold water coral disease. Institut fur Geology 29,45-48. ISSN 1433-1284.

Hall-Spencer JM & Rodolfo-Metalpa R (2009) Using scientific diving to investigate the long-term effects of ocean acidification at CO2 vents. Institut fur Geology 29,72-76. ISSN 1433-1284.

Hall-Spencer JM & Rodolfo-Metalpa R (2009) Loss of Mediterranean marine biodiversity in a high-CO2 world. CIESM 2008. Impacts of acidification on biological, chemical and physical systems in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. No. 36 in CIESM Workshop Monographs [F.Briand Ed.], 124 pages, Monaco.

Hall-Spencer JM & Stehfest K (2009) Background document for Lophelia pertusa reefs. OSPAR Commission, 423/2009 32pp. ISBN 978-1-906840-63-1.

Hall-Spencer JM, Stehfest KM & Wheeler AJ (2010) Background document for carbonate mounds. OSPAR Commission, 489/201021pp. ISBN 978-1-907390-30-2.

Hart MB, Dias BB, Smart CW, Hall-Spencer JM, Pettit L (2011) The response of foraminifera to modern seawater acidification: a real-time proxy for Paleogene hypothermal events. Berichte Geol. B-A, 85, ISSN 1017-8880.

Hart M, Dias B, Wall-Palmer D, Smart C, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Response of pteropods and foraminifera to changing CO2 and pH: examples from the Mediterranean Sea. Geophysical Research Abstracts 13, EGU 2011-2472.

Hart M, Pettit L, Wall-Palmer D, Smart C, Hall-Spencer J (2014) Micropalaeontological investigations of ocean acidification and its detection in the geological record. In: Gregory T Papanikos (ed) Annual international conference on earth and environmental sciences 14-17 July 2014, Athens, Greece. The Athens Institute for Education and Research, pp16-17. ISBN 978-618-5065-60-7

Hourigan TF, Boutillier J, Clark M, Hain S, Hall-Spencer JM, Kenchington E, Roberts JM, Tracey D (2008) The status ofcold-water coral communities of the world. In: Status of coral reefs ofthe world. IUCN, Switzerland.

Martin S, Clavier J, Thouzeau G, Chauvaud L, Hall-Spencer JM & Gattuso J-P (2009) The role of coralline algae in carbon and carbonate cycles and their response to ocean acidification and global warming. Proceedings of the 3rd International Rhodolith Workshop – Buzios, Brazil 1-5 December 2009, p 10.

Martin S, Gattuso J-P, Hall-Spencer JM (2012) Impact of ocean acidification on Mediterranean coralline algae. Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research

Moore PJ, Milazzo M, Parveen I, Suaria G, Mur LAJ, Beckmann M, Graziano M, Hall-Spencer JM, Harvey BP, Reed L, Talliart K, Foggo A (2014) Changes in macrophyte chemistry alter herbivory along a natural gradient of C02.  10th International temperate reefs symposium. Bennett S, Wernberg T, de Bettignies T (eds). The University of Western Australia 82-82.

Neat F, Hall-Spencer JM et al. (2012) Report of the ICES/NAFO Joint Working Group on Deep-water Ecology (WGDEC). ICES CM 2012/ACOM:29.

Passaro M, Ziveri P, Milazzo M, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Exploring CO2 vents at Vulcano Island, Mediterranean Sea, to study planktonic calcifier response to long-term changes in carbonate chemistry.Geophysical Research Abstracts 13, EGU2011-12015.

Pettit L, Hart MB, Medina-Sánchez A, Smart CW, Collins P, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Hall-Spencer JM, Prol Ledesma RM (2011) Foraminifera resist ocean acidification in the Wagner Basin under conditions similar to high CO2 environments of the Cretaceous-Paleogene. 7th Alexander vonHumboldt International Conference. Ocean acidification: consequences for marine ecosystems and society. EGU Topical Conference Series, Penang Malaysia 20–24 June 2011.

Rodolfo-Metalpa R & Hall-Spencer JM (2008) Ecological effects of volcanic CO2 vents. JMBA Global Marine Environment 8, 20-21.

Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Corals, bryozoans and gastropods are able to calcify in acidified seawater. 7th Alexander von Humboldt International Conference. Ocean acidification: consequences for marine ecosystems and society. EGU Topical Conference Series, Penang, Malaysia 20–24 June 2011.

Rogers AD, Clark MR, Hall-Spencer JM & Gjerde KM (2008) A scientific guide to the FAO draft international guidelines (December 2007) for the management of deep-sea fisheries in the High Seas. IUCN Switzerland 48 pp.

Smith A, Dell A, Edwards D, Hall-Spencer JM,Hopper A, Jones R, Lazzeroni C, Skinner J & Wadler P (2008) Response to HEFCE’s consultation on the assessment and funding of higher education research post-2008. Royal Society Policy Document 06/08. 9pp.

Tinsnerat-Laborde N, Douville E, Gonzalez C, Sabatier P, Montagna P, Montero-Serrano JC, Frank N, Hall-Spencer JM (2012) Radiocarbon variability in Northeast Atlantic intermediate water. 21th International Radiocarbon Conference, Paris: France.

Williams, GA, Prusina I, De Pirro M, Dong Y, Han G-D, Giomi F, Rinaldi A, Sara G, Glamuzina B, Hall-Spencer J, Milazzo M (2014) Taking the acid test: Mediterranean limpets face up to climate change. 10th International temperate reefs symposium. Bennett S, Wernberg T, de Bettignies T (eds). The University of Western Australia 82-82.

Other academic activities

Reviewer of international grant applications for the EU (FP7, SEAS-ERA) and national funding councils in Australia (CSIRO), Austria (Austrian Science Foundation), Israel (the German-Israeli Foundation), Italy (Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca), Norway (Norwegian Research Council), Portugal (Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia) the UK (Natural Environment Research Council) and the USA (National Undersea Research Centre, NOAA Sea Grants and the National Science Foundation, PG Allen Family Foundation). Reviewer of scientific papers for the American Fisheries Society, Aquatic Conservation, Biological Conservation, Biology Letters, Bioscience, Botanica Marina, Bulletin of Marine Science, Deep -Sea Research Part I, Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, Ecology Letters, European Journal of Phycology, Fish and Fisheries, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Change Biology, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Journal of Coastal Research, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology, Journal of the Marine Biological Association, UK, Journal of Volcanology Geothermal Research, Limnology & Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Marine Environmental Research, Marine and Freshwater Systems, Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Geoscience, Naturwissenschaften, Oikos, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Phycologia, PLoS One and Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Royal Society MP-Scientist pairing scheme participant 2004-5 (paired with David George Lib. Dem. MP covering fisheries)
Royal Society Civil service-Scientist pairing scheme participant 2008 (paired with Jo Myers DEFRA covering biodiversity)


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Ocean acidification tour featuring UK research released by Google

For the first time the story of ocean acidification can now be viewed on a special tour created by Google using Google Earth. Narrated by Dan Laffoley (International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN) the video takes the viewer around the planet to understand what ocean acidification is, see some of the latest research into it and hear about how the consequences of ocean acidification are already being felt by the multimillion dollar shellfish industry in the USA. Experts feature in the video in order to further explain ocean acidification, including Marine Ecologist Prof. Jason Hall Spencer (Plymouth University).