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Mrs Rebekah Cioffi

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


Plymouth University

10/2012 - 10/2015 PhD entitled, ‘metabolic plasticity, immunocompetence and the evolution of geographical range size in organisms’ using a variety of biochemical and immune techniques to measure the physiology and immune systems of model organisms (aquatic diving beetles). The ultimate goal is to determine whether distributional range size or phylogeny are driven by or drive variation between species in terms of metabolism or immunology.

 08/2011 - 12/2012 MRes Marine Biology (Distinction) project entitled ‘linking the functional and   physiological responses to climate change in barnacles and predicting subsequent changes in   population survival’. Modules included Molecular and Cellular Biology, Marine Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, Biology and Monitoring of Human Impacts in the Sea, Postgraduate Skills and Methods.

 08/2008 - 08/2011 BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Oceanography (1st) project entitled ‘current status of the invasive amphipod Platorchestia platensis in the UK’. Modules included Evolution and Behaviour, Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography, Marine Living Resources, Biology of Marine Vertebrates and Marine Conservation with Law.

Professional membership

02/2014 - Present        Society of Biology
2012 - Present          Royal Entomological Society
2012 - Present          British Science Association
05/2012 - Present      British Ecological Society
04/2012 - Present      Society of Experimental Biology
08/2009 - Present      Royal Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
08/2009 - Present      Plymouth University’s Marine Biology Society

Cioffi, R., Moody, A.J., Millán, A., Billington, R.A. and Bilton, D.T.  (2016)Physiological niche and geographical range in European diving beetles(Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Biology Letters. 12 (6). Invited contribution to the mini-series, ‘Evolutionary ecology of species ranges’. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0130

Cioffi, R. , Rastrick, S.P.S, Findlay, H., Calosi, P. (2015) Effect of climate change on the physiology of two competing barnacles and predicting future population survival. DOI:10.13140/R.G.2.1.4689.0406

 Harvey, B.P, Al Janabi, B., Broszeit, S., Kumar, A., Simpson, R., Aranguren-Gassis, M., Bailey, A., Green, L., Gsottbauer, C.M., Hall, E.F., Lechler, M., Mancuso, F. P., Pereira, C.O., Ricevuto, E., Schram, J.B., Stapp, L.S., Stenberg, S., and Santa Rosa, L.T. (2014) Marine evolution responses under climate change depend on the level of biological organisation. Water 6: 3545-3574.

Cohen-Rengifo, M.,Crafton,  R.E., Hassenrück,C., Jankowska, E., Koenigstein, S., Sandersfeld, T., Schmid, M.S., Schmidt, M., Simpson, R., Sheward, R.M. (2013). Module 1: Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change. In: Dummermuth, A. and Grosfeld, K. (eds.): Climate change in the marine realm: an international summer school in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence, Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung = Reports on Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research 662: 1-75.

 Simpson, R. (2013) Making sense about science. Society of Experimental Biology Bulletin pp 29.

 Simpson, R. (2012) The current status of Platorchestia platensis in the United Kingdom. British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2012: Reinvention Special Issue.

 Simpson, R. (2011) The invasive biology of the talitrid amphipod, Platorchestia platensis in northwest Europe. The Plymouth Student Scientist 4: (2) 278-292.