Lecture: “Marine biodiversity and ecosystems in a rapidly changing world”
Professor Stephen J. Hawkins is the Dean in the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton, and is based at both the main university campus and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton Waterfront Campus.
For the last 35 years he has worked on experimental marine ecology. He has published more than 240 peer-reviewed articles (H factor 37, over 4500 citations).
His current research is in two main areas: experimental studies of the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, using coastal habitats as a tractable test system; he also uses a combination of sustained observations, experiments and modelling to investigate the responses of biodiversity and ecosystems to climate change, including interaction with other impacts such as over fishing and coastal development.
Prof. Hawkins has spent a large part of his career in the establishment and maintenance of long term datasets, which are crucial for distinguishing climate driven change from other natural fluctuations and regional (e.g., fishing, eutrophication) and local scale impacts (e.g., sea defenses).
Prof. Hawkins has supervised more than 60 PhD students and is currently supervising 7 PhD students (3 at Bangor, 2 in Portugal, 2 part-time and one full time starting in Southampton).