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Professor Daniela Schmidt

Biotic response to climate change

My research focuses the impacts of climate change and and ocean acidification on marine ecosytems and their services. We study both reaction of these systems to changes today and in the geological record. Our work covers a range of organisms from bryozoans, bivalves and corraline algae to marine plankton.

My group and I are using tools from a wide range of fields including isotope geochemistry, material testing, tomography to fluid dynamics. I have contributed as a lead author of the 2014 IPCC report WGII, the  Expert Group Member of EU SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) on the topic "Food from the Oceans" and am currently the coordinating lead author for the WGII IPCC on Europe.

My research highlights were:

  • Linked the rate of ocean acidification to the magnitude of impact on marine ecosystems
  • Characterised past intervals of rapid environmental change and determined the biotic response to these global changes
  • Described the unique nature of our ongoing ocean acidification in a geological context
  • Developed methodologies to assess calcification response to past ocean acidification events, applied these to the best geological analogue and highlighted species specific responses to OA in the past

Research keywords

  • Ecosystems
  • climate change
  • adaptation and vulnerabilities