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7th Meeting of the 199th Session (2019-2020)

Understanding deep Atlantic ecosystems

Professor J Murray Roberts

Professor J Murray Roberts

Professor J Murray Roberts FRSB
Head of Changing Oceans Research Group
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 27th April 2020, at 7pm

The global oceans are changing more rapidly than at any time in history. As well as absorbing over 90% of recent global warming the oceans are becoming more acidic and losing oxygen. At the same time we are seeing dramatically increased human activities as societies around the world push forward economic ‘Blue Growth’ agendas. This talk will examine these issues in the context of Atlantic deep and open ocean ecosystems and explore the latest findings of the European ATLAS and iAtlantic projects.

Murray Roberts is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and co-ordinates the European ATLAS and iAtlantic projects. Murray’s research focusses particularly on the biology and ecology of cold-water corals.

His previous roles include Reader and then Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (2009-16) where he co-ordinated the development of the Lyell Centre (2012-15). Before working in Edinburgh Murray was based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (1997-2009) with a period as Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Marine Science, University North Carolina Wilmington in the USA (2007-09).

Murray studied Biology at the University of York before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’, the first book covering the biology and geology of these important deep-sea habitats, a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and holds an honorary position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises and published 79 peer-reviewed publications.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served from about 6:40pm onwards before the meetings.
There is a hearing loop in the meeting room and ramped access to the building is available.
Members of the Public are welcome to attend.

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