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.


Climate Velocity Can Inform Conservation in a Warming WorldBrito-Morales, I., Molinos, J. G., Schoeman, D. S., Burrows, M. T., Poloczanska, E. S., Brown, C. J., Ferrier, S., Harwood, T. D., Klein, C. J., McDonald-Madden, E., Moore, P., Pandolfi, J. M., Watson, J. E. M., Wenger, A. S. & Richardson, A. J. 2018 In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution.33, 6, p. 441-4577 p.
Carbon assimilation and transfer through kelp forests in the NE Atlantic is diminished under a warmer ocean climatePessarrodona, A., Moore, P., Sayer, M. D. J. & Smale, D. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Global Change Biology.
Longer and more frequent marine heatwaves over the past centuryOliver, E. C. J., Donat, M. G., Burrows, M. T., Moore, P., Smale, D., Alexander, L. V., Benthuysen, J., Feng, M., Gupta, A. S., Hobday, A., Holbrook, N. J., Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S. E., Scannell, H. A., Straub, S. C. & Wernberg, T. 2018 In : Nature Communications.9, 1324
Appreciating interconnectivity between habitats is key to blue carbon managementSmale, D. A., Moore, P., Queirós, A. M., Higgs, N. D. & Burrows, M. T. 2018 In : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.16, 2, p. 71-733 p.
Cumulative stress restricts niche filling potential of habitat-forming kelps in a future climateKing, N., Wilcockson, D., Webster, R., Hoelters, L. S. & Moore, P. 2018 In : Functional Ecology.32, 2, p. 288-29911 p.
Distinguishing globally-driven changes from regional- and local-scale impacts: the case for long-term and broad-scale studies of recovery from pollutionHawkins, S. J., Evans, A. J., Mieszkowska, N., Adams, L. C., Bray, S., Burrows, M. T., Firth, L. B., Genner, M. J., Leung, K. M. Y., Moore, P., Pack, K., Schuster, H., Sims, D. W., Whittington, M. & Southward, E. C. 2017 In : Marine Pollution Bulletin.
The importance of phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation in driving intraspecific variability in thermal niches of marine macrophytesKing, N., McKeown, N., Smale, D. & Moore, P. 2017 In : Ecography.
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 ShoresHawkins, S., Evans, A., Moore, J., Whittington, M., Pack, K., Firth, L., Adams, L., Moore, P., Masterson-Algar, P., Mieszkowska, N. & Southward, E. 2017 In : International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings.2017, 1, p. 74-103
The role of kelp species as biogenic habitat formers in coastal marine ecosystemsTeagle, H., Hawkins, S. J., Moore, P. & Smale, D. 2017 In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
Reefcrete: Reducing the environmental footprint of concrete for eco-engineering marine structuresDennis, H., Evans, A., Banner, A. & Moore, P. 2017 In : Ecological Engineering.
Ocean warming and acidification prevents compensatory response in a predator to reduced prey qualityHarvey, B. & Moore, P. 2017 In : Marine Ecology Progress Series.563, p. 111-122 M 11956
Stakeholder priorities for multi-functional coastal defence developments and steps to effective implementationEvans, A., Garrod, B., Moore, P., Firth, L. B., Hawkins, S. J., Morris, E., Goudge, H. & Moore, P. 2017 In : Marine Policy.75, p. 143-155
Variability in kelp forest structure along a latitudinal gradient in ocean temperatureSmale, D. A. & Moore, P. 2017 In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.486, p. 255-264
Ocean sprawl: challenges and opportunities for biodiversity management in a changing worldFirth, L. B., Knights, A. M., Thompson, R. C., Mieszkowska, N., Bridger, D., Evans, A., Moore, P., O'Connor, N. E., Sheehan, E. V. & Hawkins, S. J. 2016 Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Hughes, R. N., Hughes, D. J., Smith, I. P. & Dale, A. C. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, Vol. 54, p. 193-270
Responses of Marine Organisms to Climate Change across OceansPoloczanska, 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 In : Frontiers in Marine Science.3, 62
A hierarchical approach to defining marine heatwavesHobday, 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 In : Progress in Oceanography.141, p. 227-238
Individual and population-level responses to ocean acidificationHarvey, 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 In : Scientific Reports.6, 20194
Linking environmental variables with regional-scale variability in ecological structure and standing stock of carbon within UK kelp forestsSmale, D. A., Burrows, M. T., Evans, A. J., King, N., Sayer, M. D. J., Yunnie, A. L. E. & Moore, P. J. 2016 In : Marine Ecology Progress Series.542, p. 79-95
Climate velocity and the future global redistribution of marine biodiversityMolinos, 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 In : Nature Climate Change.6, p. 83-886 p.
Facing the future: The importance of substratum features for ecological engineering of artificial habitats in the rocky intertidalFirth, 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 In : Marine and Freshwater Research.67, 1, p. 131-14313 p.
Strengthening confidence in climate change impact scienceO'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 In : Global Ecology and Biogeography.24, 1, p. 64-76
Drill-cored rock pools: An effective method of ecological enhancement on artificial structuresEvans, A. J., Firth, L. B., Hawkins, S. J., Morris, E. S., Goudge, H. & Moore, P. J. 2015 In : Marine and Freshwater Research.67, 1, p. 123-130
Between a rock and a hard place: Environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structuresFirth, 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 In : Coastal Engineering.87, p. 122-13514 p.
Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocityBurrows, 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 In : Nature.507, 7493, p. 492-4954 p.
Data rescue and re-use: recycling old information to address new policy concernsHawkins, 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 In : Marine Policy.42, p. 91-988 p.
Threats and knowledge gaps for ecosystem services provided by kelp forests: a northeast Atlantic perspectiveSmale, D., Burrows, M., Moore, P., O'Connor, N. & Hawkins, S. 2013 In : Ecology and Evolution.3, 11, p. 4016-403823 p.
Meta-analysis reveals complex marine biological responses to the interactive effects of ocean acidification and warmingHarvey, B. P., Gwynn-Jones, D. & Moore, P. J. 2013 In : Ecology and Evolution.3, 4, p. 1016–1030
Global imprint of climate change on marine lifePoloczanska, 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 In : Nature Climate Change.3, p. 919-9257 p.
Climate change and marine lifeRichardson, 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 In : Biology Letters.8, 6, p. 907-9093 p.
Response to Hulme - The Pace Of Shifting Climate In Marine And Terrestrial Ecosystems ScienceBurrows, 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 In : Science.335, p. 538-5392 p.
Quantitative approaches in climate change ecologyBrown, 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 In : Global Change Biology.17, 12, p. 3697-371317 p.
The Pace of Shifting Climate in Marine and Terrestrial EcosystemsBurrows, 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 In : Science.334, 6056, p. 652-6554 p.
Impacts of climate change in a global hotspot for temperate marine biodiversity and ocean warmingWernberg, 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 In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.400, 1-2, p. 7-1610 p.
Phenological changes in intertidal con-specific gastropods in response to climate warmingMoore, P. J., Thompson, R. C. & Hawkins, S. J. 2011 In : Global Change Biology.17, 2, p. 709-71911 p.
Predicting impacts of climate-induced range expansion: an experimental framework and a test involving key grazers on temperate rocky shoresFirth, L. B., Crowe, T. P., Moore, P., Thompson, R. C. & Hawkins, S. J. 2009 In : Global Change Biology.15, 6, p. 1413-142210 p.
Spatial scales of variance in abundance of intertidal species: effects of region, dispersal mode, and trophic levelBurrows, M. T., Harvey, R., Robb, L., Poloczanska, E. S., Mieszkowska, N., Moore, P., Leaper, R., Hawkins, S. J. & Beneddetti-Cecchi, L. 2009 In : Ecology.90, 5, p. 1242-125211 p.
Consequences of climate-driven biodiversity changes for ecosystem functioning of North European rocky shoresHawkins, 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 In : Marine Ecology Progress Series.396, p. 245-25915 p.
Chapter 11. Macroalgae and temperate rocky reefsWernberg, 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 Report Card of Marine Climate Change for Australia : Detailed scientific assessment. Poloczanska, E. S., Hobday, A. J. & Richardson, A. J. (eds.). National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, p. 128-14619 p.