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Dr. Sophie Fielding - Profile

Research Interests

My research focuses on the use of acoustic observations to understand ecosystem response to a changing oceanic habitat. It provides long-term monitoring krill abundance information to CCAMLR scientific groups, where it also contributes to the development of fisheries (krill and fish) management policy. I have participated in several multidisciplinary projects combining physical and biological data, and have been involved in outputs examining krill swarming behaviour, iron fertilisation and carbon sequestration in the Southern Ocean.

I currently co-ordinate the field component of the Western Core Box - a time series that collects data on hydrography and zooplankton/micronekton to the northwest of South Georgia since 1996. The annual survey is usually undertaken in January and includes CTDs, RMT net trawls and acoustic transects arranged in a formalised manner. The long-term objective of the survey is to quantify the inter-annual mesoscale variability in the environment and in plankton (particularly Antarctic krill), with research focussing on links between prey distribution and availability, predation pressure and climate variability.

 

Collaborations

AFI 9 (NE/F01547X/1) "The role of krill grazing in Southern Ocean nutrient cycles"
 PI Dr A Atkinson (BAS) CO-Is Prof E Achterburg (NOC-Southampton), Dr S Fielding (BAS)

AFI 11 (NE/H014756/1) "Gliders: Excellent New Tools for Observing the Ocean (GENTOO)" PI Prof K Heywood (UEA), CO-Is Prof G Griffiths (NOC-Southampton), Dr A Thompson (BAS/DAMTP, University of Cambridge), Dr S Dalziel (DAMTP, University of Cambridge), Dr S Fielding (BAS) Prof E Murphy (BAS)

FAASIS UEA PhD studentship (2007-2009) "Vulnerability of pteropods to acidification of Southern Ocean" PI Dr G Tarling (BAS), CO-Is Dr D Bakker (UEA), Dr S Fielding (BAS). Student N Bednarsek