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Research interests

Our research seeks to understand the fundamental relationships between organisms and their environment, from the sub-organism to community scale. This is particularly pertinent given the unprecedented rate of global environmental change currently underway. We employ a range of field and laboratory techniques to establish ecological-biogeochemical relationships and identify drivers of change, within the context of historic and present-day natural variability and future environmental conditions.

To this end, we target the dynamic and complex ecosystems found in the coastal zone such as coral reefs, coralline algal beds and kelp forests, providing a unique insight into ecosystem structure and function. These ecosystems are also economically valuable (e.g. supporting tourism and fishing) and we strengthen the impact of our research through multidisciplinary collaborations with other scientists, stakeholders, practitioners and managers, as well as engagement with policy makers and the general public. For more information, please visit my website.

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Key Research Words/Phrases

photophysiology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem function, multiple stressors, global change biology, ecophysiology

Research Group Contact Details


  • Research Fellow, Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, 2016-
  • Associate Editor, Nature Microbiology, 2015-16
  • MASTS Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, 2013-15
  • Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, 2013
  • PhD Marine Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow, 2009-13
  • MSc Applied Marine Science (Distinction), University of Plymouth, 2007-08
  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Science (First Class), University of Plymouth, 2004-07

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of St Andrews

1 Oct 2015 → …

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coralline alga Earth & Environmental Sciences
dimethylsulfoniopropionate Earth & Environmental Sciences
dimethylsulfide Earth & Environmental Sciences
Rhodophyta Medicine & Life Sciences
algae Agriculture & Biology
red alga Earth & Environmental Sciences
Oceans and Seas Medicine & Life Sciences
Ecosystem Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2018

  • 17 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Editorial

Community-level sensitivity of a calcifying ecosystem to acute in situ CO2 enrichment

Burdett, H., Perna, G., McKay, L., Broomhead, G. & Kamenos, N. A., 25 Jan 2018, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 587, p. 73-80 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

coralline alga

Coralline Algae as Recorders of Past Climatic and Environmental Conditions

Kamenos, N., Burdett, H. & Darrenougue, N., 2017, Rhodolith/Maërl Beds: A Global Perspective. Riosmena-Rodríguez, R., Nelson, W. & Aguirre, J. (eds.). Springer International Publishing, Vol. Part 1, p. 27-53 27 p. (Coastal Research Library; vol. 15)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

coralline alga
environmental conditions
light availability
Open Access

The potential for coral reef establishment through free-living stabilization

Hennige, S. J., Burdett, H., Perna, G., Tudhope, A. W. & Kamenos, N. A., 17 Oct 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 13322

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Fantastic fungi

Burdett, H. & Gow, N., 24 Jun 2016, In : Nature Microbiology. 1, 7, p. 16096

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle