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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

University of St Andrews

1 Oct 2015 → …

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Heidi Burdett is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

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

Co Author Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2010 2019

Depth alone is an inappropriate proxy for physiological change in the mesophotic coral Agaricia lamarcki

Laverick, J. H., Green, T. K., Burdett, H. L., Newton, J. & Rogers, A. D., 24 Jun 2019, In : Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Human microbiota: insights from large population studies

Burdett, H., 28 Mar 2019, In : Nature.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access

Key Questions for Research and Conservation of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems and Temperate Mesophotic Ecosystems

Turner, J. A., Andradi-Brown, D. A., Gori, A., Bongaerts, P., Burdett, H. L., Ferrier-Pagès, C., Voolstra, C. R., Weinstein, D. K., Bridge, T. C. L., Costantini, F., Gress, E., Laverick, J., Loya, Y., Goodbody-Gringley, G., Rossi, S., Taylor, M. L., Viladrich, N., Voss, J. D., Williams, J., Woodall, L. C. & 1 others, Eyal, G., 2019, Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems. Loya, Y., Puglise, K. A. & Bridge, T. C. L. (eds.). Springer, p. 989-1003 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Low-cost, open-access refractive index mapping of algal cells using the transport of intensity equation

Grant, S., Richford, K., Burdett, H., McKee, D. & Patton, B. R., 17 May 2019, bioRxiv.

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
phase contrast

Photophysiological Responses of Canopy-Forming Kelp Species to Short-Term Acute Warming

Burdett, H. L., Wright, H. & Smale, D. A., 27 Aug 2019, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 6, 516.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Charles Lyell Award for Environmental Sciences

Heidi Burdett (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Peter Jones Memorial Award

Heidi Burdett (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Principal's Public Engagement Impact Prize

Heidi Burdett (Recipient), Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Scottish Crucible

Heidi Burdett (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

Young Academy of Scotland

Heidi Burdett (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2013 2018

  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 2 Membership of peer review panel
  • 1 Membership of board

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (External organisation)

Heidi Burdett (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel

British Ecological Society (External organisation)

Heidi Burdett (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (External organisation)

Heidi Burdett (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

British Ecological Society (External organisation)

Heidi Burdett (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel

Natural Environment Research Council (External organisation)

Heidi Burdett (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of board