Dr Pippa Moore


Dr Pippa Moore


Theme Leader: Animal and Aquatic Sciences

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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.


Hawkins, SJ, Firth, LB, McHugh, M, Poloczanska, ES, Herbert, RJH, Burrows, MT, Kendall, MA, Moore, PJ, Thompson, RC, Jenkins, SR, Sims, DW, Genner, MJ & Mieszkowska, N 2013, 'Data rescue and re-use: recycling old information to address new policy concerns' Marine Policy, vol 42, pp. 91-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.02.001
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, vol 3, no. 11, pp. 4016-4038. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.774
Harvey, BP, Gwynn-Jones, D & Moore, PJ 2013, 'Meta-analysis reveals complex marine biological responses to the interactive effects of ocean acidification and warming' Ecology and Evolution, vol 3, no. 4, pp. 1016–1030. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.516
Poloczanska, ES, Brown, CJ, Sydeman, WJ, Kiessling, W, Schoeman, DS, Moore, PJ, Brander, K, Bruno, JF, Buckley, LB, Burrows, MT, Duarte, CM, Halpern, BS, Holding, J, Kappel, CV, O'Connor, MI, Pandolfi, JM, Parmesan, C, Schwing, F, Thompson, SA & Richardson, AJ 2013, 'Global imprint of climate change on marine life' Nature Climate Change, vol 3, pp. 919-925. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1958
Richardson, AJ, Brown, CJ, Brander, K, Bruno, JF, Buckley, L, Burrows, MT, Duarte, CM, Halpern, BS, Hoegh-Guldberg, O, Holding, J, Kappel, CV, Kiessling, W, Moore, PJ, O'Connor, MI, Pandolfi, JM, Parmesan, C, Schoeman, DS, Schwing, F, Sydeman, WJ & Poloczanska, ES 2012, 'Climate change and marine life' Biology Letters, vol 8, no. 6, pp. 907-909. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0530
Burrows, MT, Schoeman, DS, Duarte, CM, O'Connor, MI, Buckley, LB, Kappel, CV, Parmesan, C, Halpern, BS, Brander, KM, Bruno, JF, Pandolfi, JM, Sydeman, WJ, Moore, P, Kiessling, W, Richardson, AJ & Poloczanska, ES 2012, 'Response to Hulme - The Pace Of Shifting Climate In Marine And Terrestrial Ecosystems Science' Science, vol 335, pp. 538-539. DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6068.538-a
Brown, CJ, Schoeman, DS, Sydeman, WJ, Brander, K, Buckley, LB, Burrows, M, Duarte, CM, Moore, PJ, Pandolfi, JM, Poloczanska, E, Venables, W & Richardson, AJ 2011, 'Quantitative approaches in climate change ecology' Global Change Biology, vol 17, no. 12, pp. 3697-3713. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02531.x
Burrows, MT, Schoeman, DS, Buckley, LB, Moore, P, Poloczanska, ES, Brander, KM, Brown, C, Bruno, JF, Duarte, CM, Halpern, BS, Holding, J, Kappel, CV, Kiessling, W, O'Connor, MI, Pandolfi, JM, Parmesan, C, Schwing, FB, Sydeman, WJ & Richardson, AJ 2011, 'The Pace of Shifting Climate in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems' Science, vol 334, no. 6056, pp. 652-655. DOI: 10.1126/science.1210288
Wernberg, T, Russell, BD, Moore, PJ, Linge, SC, Smale, DA, Campbell, A, Coleman, MA, Steinberg, PD, Kendrick, GA & Connell, SD 2011, 'Impacts of climate change in a global hotspot for temperate marine biodiversity and ocean warming' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol 400, no. 1-2, pp. 7-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2011.02.021
Moore, PJ, Thompson, RC & Hawkins, SJ 2011, 'Phenological changes in intertidal con-specific gastropods in response to climate warming' Global Change Biology, vol 17, no. 2, pp. 709-719. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02270.x
Firth, LB, Crowe, TP, Moore, P, Thompson, RC & Hawkins, SJ 2009, 'Predicting impacts of climate-induced range expansion: an experimental framework and a test involving key grazers on temperate rocky shores' Global Change Biology, vol 15, no. 6, pp. 1413-1422. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01863.x
Burrows, MT, Harvey, R, Robb, L, Poloczanska, ES, Mieszkowska, N, Moore, P, Leaper, R, Hawkins, SJ & Beneddetti-Cecchi, L 2009, 'Spatial scales of variance in abundance of intertidal species: effects of region, dispersal mode, and trophic level' Ecology, vol 90, no. 5, pp. 1242-1252. DOI: 10.1890/08-0206.1
Hawkins, SJ, Sugden, HE, Mieszkowska, N, Moore, PJ, Poloczanska, ES, Leaper, R, Herbert, R, Genner, MJ, Moschella, PS, Thompson, RC, Jenkins, SR, Southward, AJ & Burrows, MT 2009, 'Consequences of climate-driven biodiversity changes for ecosystem functioning of North European rocky shores' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 396, pp. 245-259. DOI: 10.3354/meps08378
Wernberg, T, Campbell, AM, Coleman, MA, Connell, SD, Kendrick, GA, Moore, PJ, Russell, BD, Smale, DA & Steinberg, PD 2009, Chapter 11. Macroalgae and temperate rocky reefs. in ES Poloczanska, AJ Hobday & AJ Richardson (eds), Report Card of Marine Climate Change for Australia : Detailed scientific assessment. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, pp. 128-146.
Hawkins, SJ, Evans, AJ, Mieszkowska, N, Adams, LC, Bray, S, Burrows, MT, Firth, LB, Genner, MJ, Leung, KMY, Moore, P, Pack, K, Schuster, H, Sims, DW, Whittington, M & Southward, EC 2017, 'Distinguishing globally-driven changes from regional- and local-scale impacts: the case for long-term and broad-scale studies of recovery from pollution' Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.068
King, N, McKeown, N, Smale, D & Moore, P 2017, 'The importance of phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation in driving intraspecific variability in thermal niches of marine macrophytes' Ecography. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03186
Hawkins, S, Evans, A, Moore, J, Whittington, M, Pack, K, Firth, L, Adams, L, Moore, P, Masterson-Algar, P, Mieszkowska, N & Southward, E 2017, 'From the Torrey Canyon to Today: A 50 Year Retrospective of Recovery from the Oil Spill and Interaction with Climate-Driven Fluctuations on Cornish Rocky Shores' International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, vol 2017, no. 1, pp. 74-103.
King, N, Wilcockson, D, Webster, R, Hoelters, LS & Moore, P 2017, 'Cumulative stress restricts niche filling potential of habitat-forming kelps in a future climate' Functional Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12977
Teagle, H, Hawkins, SJ, 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.017
Dennis, H, Evans, A, Banner, A & Moore, P 2017, 'Reefcrete: Reducing the environmental footprint of concrete for eco-engineering marine structures' Ecological Engineering. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.05.031
Harvey, B & Moore, P 2017, 'Ocean warming and acidification prevents compensatory response in a predator to reduced prey quality' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 563, M 11956, pp. 111-122. DOI: 10.3354/meps11956
Evans, A, Garrod, B, Moore, P, Firth, LB, Hawkins, SJ, Morris, E, Goudge, H & Moore, P 2017, 'Stakeholder priorities for multi-functional coastal defence developments and steps to effective implementation' Marine Policy, vol 75, pp. 143-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.10.006
Smale, DA & Moore, P 2017, 'Variability in kelp forest structure along a latitudinal gradient in ocean temperature' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol 486, pp. 255-264. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.10.023
Firth, LB, Knights, AM, Thompson, RC, Mieszkowska, N, Bridger, D, Evans, A, Moore, P, O'Connor, NE, Sheehan, EV & Hawkins, SJ 2016, Ocean sprawl: challenges and opportunities for biodiversity management in a changing world. in RN Hughes, DJ Hughes, IP Smith & AC Dale (eds), Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. vol. 54, Taylor & Francis, pp. 193-270.
Poloczanska, ES, Burrows, MT, Brown, CJ, García Molinos, J, Halpern, BS, Hoegh-guldberg, O, Kappel, CV, Moore, PJ, Richardson, AJ, Schoeman, DS & Sydeman, WJ 2016, 'Responses of Marine Organisms to Climate Change across Oceans' Frontiers in Marine Science, vol 3, 62. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00062
Hobday, A, Alexander, LV, Perkins, SE, Smale, D, Straub, SC, Oliver, ECJ, Benthuysen, J, Burrows, MT, Donat, MG, Feng, M, Holbrook, NJ, Moore, P, Scannell, HA, Gupta, AS & Wernberg, T 2016, 'A hierarchical approach to defining marine heatwaves' Progress in Oceanography, vol 141, pp. 227-238. DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.12.014
Harvey, B, Mckeown, NJ, Rastrick, SPS, Bertolini, C, Foggo, A, Graham, H, Hall-Spencer, JM, Milazzo, M, Shaw, PW, Small, DP & Moore, PJ 2016, 'Individual and population-level responses to ocean acidification' Scientific Reports, vol 6, 20194. DOI: 10.1038/srep20194
Smale, DA, Burrows, MT, Evans, AJ, King, N, Sayer, MDJ, Yunnie, ALE & Moore, PJ 2016, 'Linking environmental variables with regional-scale variability in ecological structure and standing stock of carbon within UK kelp forests' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 542, pp. 79-95. DOI: 10.3354/meps11544
Molinos, JG, Halpern, BS, Schoeman, DS, Brown, CJ, Kiessling, W, Moore, PJ, Pandolfi, JM, Poloczanska, ES, Richardson, AJ & Burrows, MT 2016, 'Climate velocity and the future global redistribution of marine biodiversity' Nature Climate Change, vol 6, pp. 83-88. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2769
Evans, AJ, Firth, LB, Hawkins, SJ, Morris, ES, Goudge, H & Moore, PJ 2015, 'Drill-cored rock pools: An effective method of ecological enhancement on artificial structures' Marine and Freshwater Research, vol 67, no. 1, pp. 123-130. DOI: 10.1071/MF14244
Firth, LB, White, FJ, Schofield, M, Hanley, ME, Burrows, MT, Thompson, RC, Skov, MW, Evans, AJ, Moore, PJ & Hawkins, SJ 2015, 'Facing the future: The importance of substratum features for ecological engineering of artificial habitats in the rocky intertidal' Marine and Freshwater Research, vol 67, no. 1, pp. 131-143. DOI: 10.1071/MF14163
O'connor, MI, Holding, JM, Kappel, CV, Duarte, CM, Brander, K, Brown, CJ, Bruno, JF, Buckley, L, Burrows, MT, Halpern, BS, Kiessling, W, Moore, P, Pandolfi, JM, Parmesan, C, Poloczanska, ES, Schoeman, DS, Sydeman, WJ & Richardson, AJ 2015, 'Strengthening confidence in climate change impact science' Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol 24, no. 1, pp. 64-76. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12218
Firth, LB, Thompson, RC, Bohn, K, Abbiati, M, Airoldi, L, Bouma, TJ, Bozzeda, F, Ceccherelli, VU, Colangelo, MA, Evans, A, Ferrario, F, Hanley, ME, Hinz, H, Hoggart, SPG, Jackson, JE, Moore, P, Morgan, EH, Perkol-Finkel, S, Skov, MW, Strain, EM, van Belzen, J & Hawkins, SJ 2014, 'Between a rock and a hard place: Environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures' Coastal Engineering, vol 87, pp. 122-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.10.015
Burrows, M, Schoeman, DS, Richardson, AJ, Molinos, JG, Hoffmann, A, Buckley, LB, Moore, PJ, Brown, CJ, Bruno, JF, Duarte, CM, Halpern, BS, Hoegh-Guldberg, O, Kappel, CV, Kiessling, W, O'Connor, MI, Pandolfi, JM, Parmesan, C, Sydeman, WJ, Ferrier, S, Williams, KJ & Poloczanska, ES 2014, 'Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocity' Nature, vol 507, no. 7493, pp. 492-495. DOI: 10.1038/nature12976