Dr Pippa Moore PhD

Dr Pippa Moore


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I graduated with a First Class BSc(Hons) degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology from the University of Plymouth (2001) and subsequently completed a PhD in marine ecology and climate change (2005) through the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth. I went on to complete post-docs at the Marine Biological Association, UK (2005 - 2006), University of Queensland (2006-2007), University of Plymouth (2007-2008) and Edith Cowan University, Western Australia (2008-2011) before starting a lectureship at Aberystwyth University in 2011.


Module Coordinator

Postgraduate Students

  • Ally Evans (2011-2015) Artificial defence structures as surrogate habitats for natural rocky shores: giving nature a helping hand.
  • Ben Harvey (2011-2015) Determining the impacts of ocean acidification and global warming on biotic interactions in shallow-water marine environments.
    • Nathan King (2013-) The effects of climate warming on the ecophysiological responses of kelp.
    • Mathilde Bue (2015-) Food-web dynamics in UK kelp forests

I am very interested to hear from any students with interests in climate change ecology, kelp forest community ecology or more generally marine community ecology. Possible sources of funding are available.


My research interests primarily lie in understanding how shallow-water marine systems are structured & function.

Climate impacts research: Using a range of approaches my research focuses on the impacts of global warming & ocean acidification on marine biodiversity. In particular, I am interested in how these environmental stresses affect key ecosystem processes (e.g. predator-prey, plant-herbivore & competitive interactions) & the consequences for shallow-water assemblage structure & functioning.

Biological habitat enhancement of engineered structures: Coastal & offshore engineered structures are increasingly being used to enable society to adapt to & mitigate the effects of anthropogenic climate change. These structures often provide a hard substrate where previously there had been none & as such they can act as habitat for rocky reef marine species. However, these structures are often lacking in the small to medium scale heterogeneity that enables natural assemblages to form. Working with colleagues from around the UK I am investigating the impacts of these structures on soft sediment assemblages & exploring methods to increase the amount of small to medium scale heterogeneity to facilitate the establishment of natural rocky shore assemblages. Such modifications will result in increased amenity value & may also have structural & commercial benefits.



Evans, A., Garrod, B., Moore, P., Firth, L.B., Hawkins, S.J., Morris, E., Goudge, H., Moore, P. 2017. Stakeholder priorities for multi-functional coastal defence developments and steps to effective implementation. Marine Policy 75 pp. 143-155.

Teagle, H., Hawkins, S.J., Moore, P., Smale, D. 2017. The role of kelp species as biogenic habitat formers in coastal marine ecosystems. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Cadair

Smale, D.A., Moore, P. 2017. Variability in kelp forest structure along a latitudinal gradient in ocean temperature. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 486 pp. 255-264.


Hobday, A., Alexander, L.V., Perkins, S.E., Smale, D., Straub, S.C., Oliver, E.C.J., Benthuysen, J., Burrows, M.T., Donat, M.G., Feng, M., Holbrook, N.J., Moore, P., Scannell, H.A., Gupta, A.S., Wernberg, T. 2016. A hierarchical approach to defining marine heatwaves. Progress in Oceanography 141 pp. 227-238.

Molinos, J.G., Halpern, B.S., Schoeman, D.S., Brown, C.J., Kiessling, W., Moore, P.J., Pandolfi, J.M., Poloczanska, E.S., Richardson, A.J., Burrows, M.T. 2016. Climate velocity and the future global redistribution of marine biodiversity. Nature Climate Change 6 pp. 83-88. Cadair

Harvey, B., Mckeown, N.J., Rastrick, S.P.S., Bertolini, C., Foggo, A., Graham, H., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Milazzo, M., Shaw, P.W., Small, D.P., Moore, P.J. 2016. Individual and population-level responses to ocean acidification. Scientific Reports 6 20194 Cadair

Smale, D.A., Burrows, M.T., Evans, A.J., King, N., Sayer, M.D.J., Yunnie, A.L.E., Moore, P.J. 2016. Linking environmental variables with regional-scale variability in ecological structure and standing stock of carbon within UK kelp forests. Marine Ecology Progress Series 542 pp. 79-95.

Moore, P., Firth, L.B., Knights, A.M., Thompson, R.C., Mieszkowska, N., Bridger, D., Evans, A., O'Connor, N.E., Sheehan, E.V., Hawkins, S.J. 2016. Ocean sprawl: challenges and opportunities for biodiversity management in a changing world. In R. N. Hughes., D. J. Hughes., I. P. Smith., A. C. Dale. (eds) Oceanography and Marine Biology Annual Review. Taylor & Francis

Harvey, B., Moore, P. 2016. (In press) Ocean warming and acidification prevents compensatory response in a predator to reduced prey quality. Marine Ecology Progress Series M 11956

Poloczanska, E.S., Burrows, M.T., Brown, C.J., García Molinos, J., Halpern, B.S., Hoegh-guldberg, O., Kappel, C.V., Moore, P.J., Richardson, A.J., Schoeman, D.S., Sydeman, W.J. 2016. Responses of Marine Organisms to Climate Change across Oceans. Frontiers in Marine Science 3 62 Cadair


Evans, A.J., Firth, L.B., Hawkins, S.J., Morris, E.S., Goudge, H., Moore, P.J. 2015. Drill-cored rock pools: An effective method of ecological enhancement on artificial structures. Marine and Freshwater Research 67 (1) pp. 123-130. Cadair

Firth, L.B., White, F.J., Schofield, M., Hanley, M.E., Burrows, M.T., Thompson, R.C., Skov, M.W., Evans, A.J., Moore, P.J., Hawkins, S.J. 2015. Facing the future: The importance of substratum features for ecological engineering of artificial habitats in the rocky intertidal. Marine and Freshwater Research 67 (1) pp. 131-143.

O'connor, M.I., Holding, J.M., Kappel, C.V., Duarte, C.M., Brander, K., Brown, C.J., Bruno, J.F., Buckley, L., Burrows, M.T., Halpern, B.S., Kiessling, W., Moore, P., Pandolfi, J.M., Parmesan, C., Poloczanska, E.S., Schoeman, D.S., Sydeman, W.J., Richardson, A.J. 2015. Strengthening confidence in climate change impact science. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24 (1) pp. 64-76. Cadair


Firth, L.B., Thompson, R.C., Bohn, K., Abbiati, M., Airoldi, L., Bouma, T.J., Bozzeda, F., Ceccherelli, V.U., Colangelo, M.A., Evans, A., Ferrario, F., Hanley, M.E., Hinz, H., Hoggart, S.P.G., Jackson, J.E., Moore, P., Morgan, E.H., Perkol-Finkel, S., Skov, M.W., Strain, E.M., van Belzen, J., Hawkins, S.J. 2014. Between a rock and a hard place: Environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures. Coastal Engineering 87 pp. 122-135. Cadair

Burrows, M., Schoeman, D.S., Richardson, A.J., Molinos, J.G., Hoffmann, A., Buckley, L.B., Moore, P.J., Brown, C.J., Bruno, J.F., Duarte, C.M., Halpern, B.S., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Kappel, C.V., Kiessling, W., O'Connor, M.I., Pandolfi, J.M., Parmesan, C., Sydeman, W.J., Ferrier, S., Williams, K.J., Poloczanska, E.S. 2014. Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocity. Nature 507 (7493) pp. 492-495. Cadair


Hawkins, S.J., Firth, L.B., McHugh, M., Poloczanska, E.S., Herbert, R.J.H., Burrows, M.T., Kendall, M.A., Moore, P.J., Thompson, R.C., Jenkins, S.R., Sims, D.W., Genner, M.J., Mieszkowska, N. 2013. Data rescue and re-use: recycling old information to address new policy concerns. Marine Policy 42 pp. 91-98.

Poloczanska, E.S., Brown, C.J., Sydeman, W.J., Kiessling, W., Schoeman, D.S., Moore, P.J., Brander, K., Bruno, J.F., Buckley, L.B., Burrows, M.T., Duarte, C.M., Halpern, B.S., Holding, J., Kappel, C.V., O'Connor, M.I., Pandolfi, J.M., Parmesan, C., Schwing, F., Thompson, S.A., Richardson, A.J. 2013. Global imprint of climate change on marine life. Nature Climate Change 3 pp. 919-925.

Harvey, B.P., Gwynn-Jones, D., Moore, P.J. 2013. Meta-analysis reveals complex marine biological responses to the interactive effects of ocean acidification and warming. Ecology and Evolution 3 (4) pp. 1016–1030. Other

Smale, D., Burrows, M., Moore, P., O'Connor, N., Hawkins, S. 2013. Threats and knowledge gaps for ecosystem services provided by kelp forests: a northeast Atlantic perspective. Ecology and Evolution 3 (11) pp. 4016-4038. Cadair


Richardson, A.J., Brown, C.J., Brander, K., Bruno, J.F., Buckley, L., Burrows, M.T., Duarte, C.M., Halpern, B.S., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Holding, J., Kappel, C.V., Kiessling, W., Moore, P.J., O'Connor, M.I., Pandolfi, J.M., Parmesan, C., Schoeman, D.S., Schwing, F., Sydeman, W.J., Poloczanska, E.S. 2012. Climate change and marine life. Biology Letters 8 (6) pp. 907-909.

Burrows, M.T., Schoeman, D.S., Duarte, C.M., O'Connor, M.I., Buckley, L.B., Kappel, C.V., Parmesan, C., Halpern, B.S., Brander, K.M., Bruno, J.F., Pandolfi, J.M., Sydeman, W.J., Moore, P., Kiessling, W., Richardson, A.J., Poloczanska, E.S. 2012. Response to Hulme - The Pace Of Shifting Climate In Marine And Terrestrial Ecosystems Science. Science 335 pp. 538-539.


Wernberg, T., Russell, B.D., Moore, P.J., Linge, S.C., Smale, D.A., Campbell, A., Coleman, M.A., Steinberg, P.D., Kendrick, G.A., Connell, S.D. 2011. Impacts of climate change in a global hotspot for temperate marine biodiversity and ocean warming. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400 (1-2) pp. 7-16. Cadair

Moore, P.J., Thompson, R.C., Hawkins, S.J. 2011. Phenological changes in intertidal con-specific gastropods in response to climate warming. Global Change Biology 17 (2) pp. 709-719.

Brown, C.J., Schoeman, D.S., Sydeman, W.J., Brander, K., Buckley, L.B., Burrows, M., Duarte, C.M., Moore, P.J., Pandolfi, J.M., Poloczanska, E., Venables, W., Richardson, A.J. 2011. Quantitative approaches in climate change ecology. Global Change Biology 17 (12) pp. 3697-3713. Cadair

Burrows, M.T., Schoeman, D.S., Buckley, L.B., Moore, P., Poloczanska, E.S., Brander, K.M., Brown, C., Bruno, J.F., Duarte, C.M., Halpern, B.S., Holding, J., Kappel, C.V., Kiessling, W., O'Connor, M.I., Pandolfi, J.M., Parmesan, C., Schwing, F.B., Sydeman, W.J., Richardson, A.J. 2011. The Pace of Shifting Climate in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems. Science 334 (6056) pp. 652-655.


Wernberg, T., Campbell, A.M., Coleman, M.A., Connell, S.D., Kendrick, G.A., Moore, P.J., Russell, B.D., Smale, D.A., Steinberg, P.D. 2009. Chapter 11. Macroalgae and temperate rocky reefs. In E. S. Poloczanska., A. J. Hobday., A. J. Richardson. (eds) Report Card of Marine Climate Change for Australia : Detailed scientific assessment. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility pp. 128-146.

Hawkins, S.J., Sugden, H.E., Mieszkowska, N., Moore, P.J., Poloczanska, E.S., Leaper, R., Herbert, R., Genner, M.J., Moschella, P.S., Thompson, R.C., Jenkins, S.R., Southward, A.J., Burrows, M.T. 2009. Consequences of climate-driven biodiversity changes for ecosystem functioning of North European rocky shores. Marine Ecology Progress Series 396 pp. 245-259.

Firth, L.B., Crowe, T.P., Moore, P., Thompson, R.C., Hawkins, S.J. 2009. Predicting impacts of climate-induced range expansion: an experimental framework and a test involving key grazers on temperate rocky shores. Global Change Biology 15 (6) pp. 1413-1422.

Burrows, M.T., Harvey, R., Robb, L., Poloczanska, E.S., Mieszkowska, N., Moore, P., Leaper, R., Hawkins, S.J., Beneddetti-Cecchi, L. 2009. Spatial scales of variance in abundance of intertidal species: effects of region, dispersal mode, and trophic level. Ecology 90 (5) pp. 1242-1252. Cadair