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Hooper T, Beaumont N, Griffiths C, Langmead O, Somerfield, P. 2017.
Assessing the sensitivity of ecosystem services to changing pressures
Ecosystem Services Volume 24, 160-169. 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.02.016


There are currently 40 publications associated with the MERP programme.

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  1. Ellis RP, Davison W, Queirós AM, Kroeker KJ, Calosi P, Dupont S, Spicer JI, Wilson RW, Widdicombe S and Urbina MA. 2017.
    Does sex really matter? Explaining intraspecies variation in ocean acidification responses.
    Biol Lett. 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0761

  2. Hooper T, Beaumont N, Griffiths C, Langmead O, Somerfield, P. 2017.
    Assessing the sensitivity of ecosystem services to changing pressures
    Ecosystem Services Volume 24, 160-169. 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.02.016

  3. Horne CR, Hirst AG, Atkinson D. 2017.
    Seasonal body size reductions with warming co-vary with major body size gradients in arthropod species
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B 10.1098/rspb.2017.0238

  4. Rossberg A, Uusitalo L, Berg T, Zaiko A, Chenuil A, Uyarra MC, Borja A and Lynam CP. 2017.
    Quantitative criteria for choosing targets and indicators for sustainable use of ecosystems.
    Ecol. Ind., 72, 215-224. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.08.005


  1. Alexander KA, Meyjes SA, Heymans JJ. 2016.
    Spatial ecosystem modelling of marine renewable energy installations: Gauging the utility of Ecospace
    Ecological Modelling Volume 331, 115-128. 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.01.016

  2. Barrios-O’Neill D, Ruth K, Dick J, Ricciardi A, MacIsaac H, Emmerson M. 2016.
    On the context-dependent scaling of consumer feeding rates.
    Ecology Letters 19 (6) 668-678. 10.1111/ele.12605

  3. Börger T, Broszeit S, Ahtiainen H, Atkins JP, Burdon D, Luisetti T, Murillas A, Oinonen S, Paltriguera L, Roberts L, Uyarra M and Austen MC. 2016.
    Assessing Costs and Benefits of Measures to Achieve Good Environmental Status in European Regional Seas: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learnt
    Front. Mar. Sci. 10.3389/fmars.2016.00192

  4. Bucklin A, Lindeque P, Rodriguez-Ezpeleta N, Lehtiniemi M. 2016.
    Metabarcoding of marine zooplankton: prospects, progress and pitfalls
    Journal of Plankton Research 393-400. 10.1093/plankt/fbw023

  5. Cavanagh RD, Broszeit S, Pilling G, Grant SM, Murphy EJ. and Austen MC. 2016.
    Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services – A useful way to manage and conserve marine resources? 
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B Biological Sciences Special Feature: The value of biodiversity in the Anthropocene. 10.1098/rspb.2016.1635

  6. Clarke KR, Somerfield PJ, Gorley RN. 2016.
    Clustering in non-parametric multivariate analyses.
    J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 147-155. 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.07.010

  7. Coll M, Shannon L J, Kleisner KM, Juan-Jordá MJ, Bundy A, Akoglu AG, Banaru D, Boldt JL, Borges MF, Cook A, Diallo I, Fu C, Fox C, Gascuel D, Gurney L J, Hattab T, Heymans JJ, Jouffre D, Knight BR, Kucukavsar S, Large SI, Lynam C, Machias A, Marshall KN, Masski H, Ojaveer H, Piroddi C, Tam J, Thiao D, Thiaw M, Torres MA, Travers-Trolet M, Tsagarakis K, Tuck I, van der Meeren GI, Yemane D, Zador SG & Shin YJ. 2016.
    Ecological indicators to capture the effects of fishing on biodiversity and conservation status of marine ecosystems
    Ecological Indicators 60, 947-962. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.08.048

  8. Datta S, Blanchard J. 2016.
    The effects of seasonal processes on size spectrum dynamics
    Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73(4): 598-610. 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0468

  9. Edwards A, Robinson J, Plank M, Baum J and Blanchard J. 2016.
    Testing and recommending methods for fitting size spectra to data
    Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10.1111/2041-210X.12641

  10. Farcas A, Rossberg A. 2016.
    Maximum sustainable yield from interacting fish stocks in an uncertain world: two policy choices and underlying trade-offs.
    ICES Journal of Marine Science 10.1093/icesjms/fsw113

  11. Heymans JJ, Coll M, Link JS, Mackinson S, Steenbeek J, Walters C, Christensen V. 2016.
    Best practice in Ecopath with Ecosim food-web models for ecosystem-based management
    Ecological Modelling Volume 331, 173-184. 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.12.007

  12. Hirst AG, Lilley MKS, Glazier DS, Atkinson D. 2016.
    Ontogenetic body-mass scaling of nitrogen excretion relates to body surface area in diverse pelagic invertebrates
    Limnology and Oceanography Volume 62, Issue 1, Pages 311–319. 10.1002/lno.10396

  13. Horne CR, Hirst AG, Atkinson D, Neves A, Kiørboe T. 2016.
    A global synthesis of seasonal temperature-size responses in copepods
    Global Ecology and Biogeography 25: 988-999. . 10.1111/geb.12460

  14. Lessin G, Artioli Y, Queirós AM, Widdicombe S, Blackford JC. 2016.
    Modelling impacts and recovery in benthic communities exposed to localised high CO2
    Marine Pollution Bulletin 267-280. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.05.071

  15. Lyons D, Arvanitidis C, Blight A, Chatzinikolaou E, Guy-Haim T, Kotta J, Orav-Kotta H, Queirós AM, Rilov G, Somerfield PJ, Crowe TP . 2016.
    There are no whole truths in meta-analyses: all their truths are half-truths.
    Global Change Biology 22: 968-971. 10.1111/gcb.12989

  16. McConville K, Atkinson A, Fileman E, Spicer JI, Hirst AG.. 2016.
    Disentangling the counteracting effects of water content and carbon mass on zooplankton growth
    Journal of Plankton Research 10.1093/plankt/fbw094

  17. Murphy E, Cavanagh RD, Drinkwater FK, Grant SM, Heymans JJ, Hofmann EE, Hunt Jr GL, Johnston NM. 2016.
    Understanding the structure and functioning of polar pelagic ecosystems to predict the impacts of change
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283. 10.1098/rspb.2016.1646

  18. Peck MA, Arvanitidis C, Butenschön M, Melaku Canu D, Chatzinikolaou E, Cucco A, Domenici P, Fernandes JA, Gasche L, Huebert KB, Hufnagl M, Jones MC, Kempf A, Keyl F, Maar M, Mahévas S, Marchal P, Nicolas D, Pinnegar JK, Rivot E, Rochette S, Sell AF, Sinerchia M, Solidoro C, Somerfield PJ, Teal LR, Travers-Trolet M, van de Wolfshaar K. 2016.
    Projecting Changes in the Distribution and Productivity of Living Marine Resources: A Critical Review of the Suite of Modeling Approaches used in the Large European Project VECTORS. 
    Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.05.019

  19. Queiros AM, Huebert K, Keyl, F, Fernandes JA, Stolte W, Maar M, Kay S, Jones M, Hamon K, Hendriksen G, Vermard Y, Marchal P, Teal L, Somerfield PJ, Austen M, Barange M, Sell AF, Allen JI, Peck M. 2016.
    Solutions for ecosystem-level protection of ocean systems under climate change
    Global Change Biology 10.1111/gcb.13423

  20. Queiros, AM, Strong JA, Mazik K, Carstensen J, Bruun J, Somerfield PJ, Bruhn A, Ciavatta S, Chuševė R, Nygård H, Papadopoulou N, Pantazi M, Krause-Jensen D. 2016.
    An objective framework to test the quality of candidate indicators of good environmental status
    Frontiers in Marine Science 3:72. 10.3389/fmars.2016.00073

  21. Schmidt K, Schlosser C, Atkinson A, Fielding S, Venables HJ, Waluda CM, Achterberg EP. 2016.
    Zooplankton Gut Passage Mobilizes Lithogenic Iron for Ocean Productivity
    Current Biology 10.1016/j.cub.2016.07.058

  22. Schmidt K, Atkinson A. 2016. Biology and Ecology of Antarctic Krill, Part of the series Advances in Polar Ecology. Chapter 5, 175-224.

  23. Scott E, Serpetti N, Steenbeek J, Heymans JJ. 2016.
    A stepwise fitting procedure for automated fitting of Ecopath with Ecosim models.
    SoftwareX 2016 25-30. 10.1016/j.softx.2016.02.002


  1. Acevedo-Trejos E, Brandt G, Bruggeman J and Merico A. 2015.
    Mechanisms shaping size structure and functional diversity of phytoplankton communities in the ocean.
    Scientific Reports 10.1038/srep08918

  2. Atkinson A, Harmer R, Widdicombe CE, McEvoy A, Smyth TJ, Cummings D, Somerfield PJ, Maud J and McConville K. 2015.
    Questioning the role of phenology shifts and trophic mismatching in a planktonic food web
    Progress in Oceanography Volume 137, Part B, 498–512. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.023

  3. Broszeit S, Hattam C, Beaumont N. 2015.
    Bioremediation of waste under ocean acidification: Reviewing the role of Mytilus edulis.
    Marine Pollution Bulletin 2016 Jan 8. 5-14. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.12.040

  4. Glazier DS, Hirst AG and Atkinson D . 2015.
    Shape shifting predicts ontogenetic changes in metabolic scaling in diverse aquatic invertebrates
    The Royal Society Proceedings B 20142302.. 10.1098/rspb.2014.2302

  5. Hirst A, Horne C, Atkinson D. 2015.
    Equal temperature–size responses of the sexes are widespread within arthropod species
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20152475. 10.1098/rspb.2015.2475

  6. Horne CR, Hirst AG, and Atkinson D . 2015.
    Temperature-size responses match latitudinal-size clines in arthropods, revealing critical differences between aquatic and terrestrial species
    Ecology Letters 18: 327-335. 10.1111/ele.12413

  7. Hyder K, Allen JI, Austen A, Barciela RM, Blanchard  J, Burrows MT, Defriez E, Edwards K, Garcia-Carreras B, Heath M, Hembury DJ, Heymans JJ, Holt J, Houle J, Jennings S, Mackinson S, McPike R, Mee L, Mills DK, Montgomery C, Pearson D, Pinnegar JK, Popova EE, Rae L, Rogers SI, Rossberg AG, Speirs D, Spence M, Thorpe R, Turner RK, van der Molen J, Yool A & Paterson DM. 2015.
    Making modelling count - increasing the contribution of shelf-seas community and ecosystem models to policy development and management.
    Marine Policy 61 291–302. 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.07.015

  8. Maud J, Atkinson A, Hirst AG, Lindeque PK, Widdicombe CE, Harmer RA, McEvoy AJ, Cummings DC.. 2015.
    How does Calanus helgolandicus maintain its population in a variable environment? Analysis of a 25-year time series from the English Channel.
    Progress in Oceanography 137: 513-523. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.028

  9. Payne M, Barange M, Cheung W, MacKenzie B, Batchelder H, Cormon X, Eddy T, Fernandes JA, Hollowed A, Jones MC, Link J, Neubauer P, Ortiz I, Queiros A, Paula JR. 2015.
    Uncertainties in projecting climate-change impacts in marine ecosystems
    ICES Journal of Marine Science 10.1093/icesjms/fsv231

  10. Queirós AM, Bruggeman J, Stephens N, Artioli Y, Butenschön M, Blackford JC, Widdicombe S, Somerfield PJ and Allen JI. 2015.
    Placing biodiversity in ecosystem models without getting lost in translation
    Journal of Sea Research 83-90. 10.1016/j.seares.2014.10.004

  11. Sailley SF, Polimene L, Mitra A, Atkinson A and Allen JI. 2015.
    Impact of zooplankton food selectivity on plankton dynamics and nutrient cycling
    Journal of Plankton Research 2015 37(3), 519-529. 10.1093/plankt/fbv020

  12. Spence M, Blackwell P, Blanchard JL. 2015.
    Parameter uncertainty of a dynamic multi­species size spectrum model
    Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73(4), 589-597. 10.1139/cjfas­2015­0022

  13. Woodworth-Jefcoats PA, Polovina JJ, Howell EA & Blanchard JL. 2015.
    Two takes on the ecosystem impacts of climate change and fishing: Comparing a size-based and a species-based ecosystem model in the central North Pacific
    Progress in Oceanography 138, Part B, 533-545. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.004

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