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Rebecca Mary Wright

Rebecca M Wright
Rebecca Mary Wright

Email: Rebecca.Wright@uea.ac.uk

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I studied Marine Biology with Oceanography (first class), followed by Master of Marine Science (first class) at Bangor University, North Wales. I am highly committed to environmental science, with a particular enthusiasm for marine biology, especially related to current and future threats from climate change. I am interested in how intrinsically physical conditions in the ocean are linked to the biology.

My Masters thesis title was ‘renewable energy structures as stepping-stones in the dispersal and connectivity of marine benthic organisms’. For my research, I incorporated proposed renewable energy sites and the larval spawning stage of a selection of marine benthic organisms into a physical oceanographic model of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters. The aim of the research was to assess the potential impact that increasing numbers of marine renewable energy structures would have on the dispersal of native and invasive organisms.

Current research

Impact of climate change on jellyfish occurrence.
There is much circumstantial evidence that jellyfish blooms are occurring more frequently in recent years, having negative impacts on tourism, aquaculture, fishing and coastal infrastructure (such as power plants). Jellyfish bloom in warm waters, dominating the local ecosystem for short periods of time (weeks). As the oceans warm under the influence of climate change, it is expected that jellyfish abundance will increase, but this interaction is complicated and poorly understood due to multiple interactions with the environment.
My PhD aims to quantify the role of climate change on the occurrence of jellyfish blooms in the oceans using a new database, observations and a global marine ecosystem model.

Awards

Deeming Summer Placement Award, 2013
Bangor University

Conferences

My master research poster was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies, 28th April to 2nd May 2014

Supervisory team

Prof Corinne Le Quéré, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UEA
Dr Erik Buitenhuis, School of Environmental Sciecnes, UEA
Dr Sophie Pitois, Cefas

Other activities

SEACAMS Research Cruise
I spent five days assisting on a physical oceanography research cruise with Bangor University and SEACAMS on the RV Prince Madog. Bottom mounted and ship deployed ADCP and multi-beam surveying were used to survey an area to investigate its suitability for a tidal-energy array.

Red Sea Environmental Centre
I volunteered for five weeks for an environmental centre in Dahab, Egypt, using scientific dives to survey coral reefs for the impacts of climate change, tourism and illegal fishing. During my time in Dahab, I initiated and led an environmental education day for local school children on the threats to the Red Sea, such as the illegal fishing carried out by many locals, why such impacts are such a threat and how they could help.

MARINElife Surveyor
I am a Surveyor for the UK charity MARINElife for whom I have carried out surveys of seabird, cetacean and marine mammal abundance and location, as well as assisting with data sets.