Dr Nicholas Higgs
Deputy Director of the Marine Institute
Marine Institute (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I work within the Marine Institute, supporting its research projects and undertaking my own research in collaboration with the director, Martin Attrill. Additionally, I act as the research link within the Marine Institute team to help promote the excellent research that is carried out by its members across the university.
You can find out more about me and my research at nickhiggs.com
Marine Biological Association of the UK
Challenger Society for Marine Science
British Ecological Society
Roles on external bodies
Member of the local & national organising committees for Challenger 2014 conference
I have completed the General Teaching Associates course and am in theprocess of obtaining accreditation as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I currently teach on the Biological Oceanography (level 3) and CoastalHabitats field-course (level 2) modules at Plymouth University.
I also supervise students for their independent research projects atundergraduate honours and masters level.
My research interests are broadly based around the ecology of the sea-bed environment, most recently that of the deep-sea.
My latest work has been looking at the ecology of of communities that form around dead-whale carcasses in the deep-sea, especially the unusual Osedax bone-worms. Much of this work has been interdisclipinary, at the interface of marine biology and palaeontology, investigating how biological processes affect the fossilisation of organic remains in the marine realm, especially large vertebrate carcasses such as whales and dolphins.
I have also helped to develop the World Register of Deep-Sea Species; a subsection of the World Register of Marine Species database. This portal contains a taxonomic database of deep-sea species with an image gallery and links to identification keys and guides. This database will soon be released as a portable app for iOS devices: Deep-Sea ID.
I have also worked on the reproduction of brooding bivalves in the Antarctic, wood-boring bivalves from the deep-sea and species richness patterns in deep-sea brittle stars.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
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