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Dr Martin Edwards

Dr Martin Edwards


SAHFOS - Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science


Macroecology, climate change impacts, biogeography, phenology, ecological data analysis

Martin Edwards is an internationally recognised marine scientist whose primary research interest is on climate/environmental change impacts on marine ecosystems. He and his colleagues were the first to demonstrate marine biodiversity distributional and phenological changes and whole ecosystem regime shifts in response to climate change. He has written over 100 publications including peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and policy related reports and assessments. As well as contributing to high level science he has considerable knowledge in transferring science into policy and was instrumental in bringing an applied ecological indicator approach to monitoring the marine environment which has subsequently been widely adopted. 

Selected Publications

Beaugrand, G., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Edwards, M. and Goberville, E., 2012. Long-term changes in North Atlantic calcifying plankton and climate. Nature Climate Change Letters, 3: 263–267.

Edwards, M., 2009. Sea Life (Pelagic and Planktonic Ecosystems) as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change. In: T. Letcher (Editor), Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 233-252.

Edwards, M., Beaugrand, G., Hays, G.C., Koslow, J.A. & Richardson, A.J., 2010. Multi-decadal oceanic ecological datasets and their application in marine policy and management. Trends in Ecology and Evolution,25: 602-610.

Edwards, M., Beaugrand, G., Helaouet, P., Coombs, S. 2013. Marine ecosystem response to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. PLoS ONE, 8: e57212.

Hinder, S.L., Hays,G., Edwards, M.,  Emily C. Roberts, E.C., Walne, A.W. & Gravenor, M.B. 2012. Changes in marine dinoflagellate and diatom abundance under climate change. Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1388