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Cecilia Liszka

Cecilia Liszka

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I hold a broad range of interests in relation to the natural world and how it functions alongside the human component, with my current focus being the biology and ecology of the marine environment. In particular, I am interested in the biological role of the oceans in moderating climate, and how particular biologically-driven, or ecological, processes may be expected to change under a changing climate.

In addition, I have previously held positions with public, private and voluntary sector organisations with a focus on climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, specifically working on domestic energy efficiency and implementation of renewables as energy generation and resilience technologies.

I have skills in research planning and delivery; project management; providing high level political briefings; financial and budgetary management; strategy and policy development; and staff management.

Recent qualifications and research

2013/14 MSc Environmental Science (University of East Anglia) (Distinction)

Dissertation title: Elucidating the physiological role of rhodopsin proton pumps in marine dinoflagellates

2013 Research project for Renewable World Nepal

Project title: Investigating the potential for greater dissemination of renewable energy technologies as climate change adaptation interventions through the NAPA and LAPA Frameworks

2002-5 MA Geography (Cambridge University)

Dissertation title: Investigation into the effect of canopy cover on ground flora vegetation & soils of the Canadian Rockies

Professional Memberships

British Ecological Society

Marine Biological Association

Current research

I am currently working on a PhD to investigate the active flux of carbon in the Southern Ocean and its sensitivity to climate change, in a collaboration between the British Antarctic Survey and the University of East Anglia.

In particular I am looking at the role of vertically migrating zooplankton in mediating an active transport of carbon from the surface ocean to the interior, through two primary modes of flux: respiration of carbon dioxide and the production and sinking of faecal pellet organic carbon.

My research is focussed on a transect of differing oceanic regimes in the Scotia Sea section of the Southern Ocean and will look at experimental data and samples collected on fieldwork campaigns in the Southern Ocean, as well as looking at historical samples of zooplankton community composition and structure.

Supervisory team

Primary Supervisor: Dr Geraint Tarling (BAS)

Secondary Supervisors: Dr Carol Robinson (UEA), Clara Manno (BAS), Gabi Stowasser (BAS)

Other activities

BAS/ EnvEast activities:

I am on the BAS Student Symposium 2015 Committee and help to coordinate webinars for the EnvEast DTP students.

Outreach and engagement:

I have represented BAS at the Cambridge Science Festival 2015 and am actively looking for opportunities to increase my outreach by taking my science into schools.