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Rebecca Ross

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Postdoktor
Telephone: 90877529
Department: Bunnsamfunn

Post doctoral researcher with the MAREANO programme

Key Interests:

- Seascape ecology 

- Deep sea ecology

- Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

- Megabenthos identification from imagery

- Habitat mapping

- Predictive modelling

- Larval dispersal modelling

- Conservation and management advice

 

 

Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

2012 – 2016 PhD Marine Science, Plymouth University, UK.

2006 – 2007 MSc Science Media Production. Imperial College, London, UK.

2002 – 2005 BSc (Hons) Marine Biology & Coastal Ecology. University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

 

PUBLICATIONS

- Dolan, M.F.J., Ross, R.E., Albretsen, J., Skarðhamar, J., Gonzalez-Mirelis, G., Bellec, V., Buhl-Mortesen, P., 
Bjarnadóttir, L.R. (2021) Using Spatial Validity and Uncertainty Metrics to Determine the Relative Suitability of Alternative Suites of Oceanographic Data for Seabed Biotope Prediction. A Case Study from the Barents Sea, Norway. Geosciences 11, 48. doi: 10.3390/geosciences11020048

- Gonzalez-Mirelis, G, Ross, R.E., Albretsen, J., Buhl-Mortensen, P. (2021) Modelling the distribution of habitat-forming, deep-sea sponges in the Barents Sea: the value of data. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:496688. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.496688

- Muir A.P., Dubois S.F., Ross R.E., Firth L.B., Knights A.M., Lima F.P., Seabra R., Corre E., Le Corguillé G., Nunes F.L.D. (2020) Seascape genomics reveals population isolation in the reef-building honeycomb worm, Sabellaria alveolata (L.). BMC Evol Biol 20, 100. doi: 10.1186/s12862-020-01658-9

- Ross R.E., Nimmo-Smith W.A.M., Torres R., Howell K.L. (2020) Comparing Deep-Sea Larval Dispersal Models: A Cautionary Tale for Ecology and Conservation. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:431. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00431

- Buhl-Mortensen P., Dolan M.F.J., Ross R.E., Gonzalez-Mirelis G., Buhl-Mortensen L., Bjarnadóttir L.R., Albretsen J. (2020) Classification and Mapping of Benthic Biotopes in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Norwegian Waters. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:271. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00271

- O’Sullivan D., Leahy Y., Guinan J., Ross R.E., Sacchetti F., Howell K., Lyons D., O’Dowd L. (2020) Chapter 47 - The geomorphology and biology of a submarine canyon system incising Ireland’s shelf edge in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. In: Harris PT, Baker E (eds) Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat (Second Edition), Elsevier, Amsterdam/Oxford/Cambridge, 783-792​

- Howell K.L., Davies J.S., Allcock A.L., Braga-Henriques A., Buhl-Mortensen P., Carreiro-Silva M., Dominguez-Carrió C., Durden J.M., Foster N.L., Game C.A., Hitchin B., Horton T., Hosking B., Jones D.O.B., Mah C., Laguionie Marchais C., Menot L., Morato T., Pearman T.R.R., Piechaud N., Ross R.E., Ruhl H.A., Saeedi H., Stefanoudis P.V., Taranto G.H., Thompson M.B., Taylor J.R., Tyler P., Vad J., Vieira R.P., Woodall L.C., Xavier J.R., Wagner D. (2019) A framework for the development of a global standardised marine taxon reference image database (SMarTaR-ID) to support image-based analyses. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0218904.

- Ross R.E., Wort E.J.G. and Howell K.L. (2019) Combining Distribution and Dispersal Models to Identify a Particularly Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:574

- Bouchet P.J., Peterson A.T., Zurell D., Dormann C.F., Schoeman D., Ross R.E., Snelgrove P., Sequeira A.M.M., Whittingham M.J., Wang L., Rapacciuolo G., Oppel S., Mellin C., Lauria V., Krishnakumar P.K., Jones A.R., Heinänen S., Heikkinen R.K., Gregr E.J., Fielding AH, Caley MJ, Barbosa AM, Bamford AJ, Lozano-Montes H, Parnell S., Wenger S., Yates K.L. (2019) Better Model Transfers Require Knowledge of Mechanisms. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34, 489-490 (Letter) doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.04.006

- Yates K.L., Bouchet P.J., Caley M.J., Mengersen K., Randin C.F., Parnell S., Fielding A.H., Bamford A.J., Ban S., Barbosa A.M., Dormann C.F., Elith J., Embling C.B., Ervin G.N., Fisher R., Gould S., Graf R.F., Gregr E.J., Halpin P., Heikkinen R.K., Heinänen S., Jones A.R., Krishnakumar P.K., Lauria V., Lozano-Montes H., Mannocci L., Mellin C., Mesgaran M.B., Moreno-Amat E., Mormede S., Novaczek E., Oppel S., Ortuño Crespo G., Peterson A.T., Rapacciuolo G., Roberts J.J., Ross R.E., Scales K.L., Schoeman D., Snelgrove P., Sundblad G., Thuiller W., Torres L.G., Verbruggen H., Wang L., Wenger S., Whittingham M.J., Zharikov Y., Zurell D., Sequeira A.M.M. (2018) Outstanding challenges in the transferability of ecological models. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 10, 790-802. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.08.001

- Woodall L.C., Andradi-Brown D.A., Brierley A.S., Clark M.R., Connelly D., Hall R.A., Howell K.L., Huvenne V.A.I., Linse K., Ross R.E., Snelgrove P., Stefanoudis P.V., Sutton T.T., Taylor M., Thornton T.F., Rogers A.D. (2018) A multidisciplinary approach for generating globally comparable data on mesophotic, deep-pelagic and bathyal biological communities. Oceanography, 31, 76-89, doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2018.301

- Ross R.E., Nimmo-Smith W.A.M., Howell K.L. (2017) Towards 'ecological coherence': assessing larval dispersal within a network of existing Marine Protected Areas. Deep Sea Research Part I. 126, 128-138. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2017.06.004

- Ross R.E., Nimmo-Smith W.A.M., Howell K.L. (2016) Increasing the Depth of Current Understanding: Sensitivity Testing of Deep-Sea Larval Dispersal Models. PLoS ONE 11, e0161220. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140061

- Ross L.K., Ross R.E., Stewart H.A., Howell K.L. (2015) The Influence of Data Resolution on Predicted Distribution and Estimates of Extent of Current Protection of Three ‘Listed’ Deep-Sea Habitats. PLoS ONE 10: e0140061. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140061

- Hilário A., Metaxas A., Gaudron S.M., Howell K.L., Mercier A., Mestre N., Ross R.E., Thurnherr A.M., Young C. (2015) Estimating dispersal distance in the deep sea: challenges and applications to marine reserves. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2,6. doi: 0.3389/fmars.2015.00006

- Ross R.E. & Howell K.L. (2013) Use of predictive habitat modelling to assess the distribution and extent of protection of “listed” deep-sea habitats. Diversity and Distributions, 19, 433-445. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12010

Publications

Academic articles

2021

Modeling the Distribution of Habitat-Forming, Deep-Sea Sponges in the Barents Sea: The Value of Data

Genoveva Gonzalez-Mirelis, Rebecca Ross, Jon Albretsen, Pål Buhl-Mortensen
Frontiers in Marine Science
2020

Seascape genomics reveals population isolation in the reef-building honeycomb worm, Sabellaria alveolata (L.)

Anna P. Muir, Stanislas F. Dubois, Rebecca Ross, Louise B. Firth, Antony M. Knights, Fernando P. Lima, Rui Seabra, Erwan Corre, Gildas Le Corguillé, Flavia L.D. Nunes
BMC Evolutionary Biology 20
2020

Comparing Deep-Sea Larval Dispersal Models: A Cautionary Tale for Ecology and Conservation

Rebecca E. Ross, W. Alex M. Nimmo-Smith, Ricardo Torres, Kerry L. Howell
Frontiers in Marine Science 7
2020

Classification and Mapping of Benthic Biotopes in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Norwegian Waters

Pål Buhl-Mortensen, Margaret Dolan, Rebecca Ross, Genoveva Gonzalez-Mirelis, Lene Buhl-Mortensen, Lilja Rún Bjarnadóttir, Jon Albretsen
Frontiers in Marine Science 7
2019

Combining Distribution and Dispersal Models to Identify a Particularly Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem

Rebecca Ross, Edward JG Wort, Kerry L. Howell
Frontiers in Marine Science 6 p. 1-12
2019

A framework for the development of a global standardised marine taxon reference image database (SMarTaR-ID) to support image-based analyses

Kerry L. Howell, Jaime S. Davies, A. Louise Allcock, Andreia Braga-Henriques, Pål Buhl-Mortensen, Marina Carreiro-Silva, Carlos Dominguez-Carrio, Jennifer M. Durden, Nicola L. Foster, Chloe A. Game, Becky Hitchin, Tammy Horton, Brett Hosking, Daniel O.B. Jones, Christopher L. Mah, Claire Laguionie Marchais, Lenaick Menot, Telmo Morato, Tabitha R.R. Pearman, Nils Piechaud, Rebecca Ross, Henry A. Ruhl, Hanieh Saeedi, Paris V. Stefanoudis, Gerald H. Taranto, Michael B. Thompson, James R. Taylor, Paul A. Tyler, Johanne Vad, Lissette Victorero, Rui P. Vieira, Lucy C. Woodall, Joana R. Xavier, Daniel Wagner
PLOS ONE 14:e0218904 p. 1-25
2019

Combining Distribution and Dispersal Models to Identify a Particularly Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem

Ross, R.E., Wort, E.J.G., Howell, K.L.
Frontiers in Marine Science 6 (Ja) p. 574
2018

A Multidisciplinary Approach for Generating Globally Consistent Data on Mesophotic, Deep-Pelagic, and Bathyal Biological Communities

Lucy C. Woodall, Dominic A. Andradi-Brown, Andrew S Brierley, Malcolm R Clark, Douglas P. Connelly, Rob A. Hall, Kerry L. Howell, Veerle A.I. Huvenne, Katrin Linse, Rebecca Ross, Paul V. R. Snelgrove, Paris V. Stefanoudis, Tracey T. Sutton, Michelle Taylor, Thomas F. Thornton, Alex D. Rogers
Oceanography 31 p. 76-89
2018

Outstanding Challenges in the Transferability of Ecological Models

Katherine L. Yates, Phil J Bouchet, M. Julian Caley, Kerrie Mengersen, Christophe F Randin, Stephen Parnell, Alan H. Fielding, Andrew J. Bamford, Stephen Ban, M. A. Barbosa, Carsten F. Dormann, Jane Elith, Clare B. Embling, Gary N. Ervin, Rebecca Fisher, Susan Gould, Roland F. Graf, Edward J. Gregr, Patrick N. Halpin, Risto K. Heikkinen, Stefan Heinänen, Alice R. Jones, Periyadan K. Krishnakumar, Valentina Lauria, Hector Lozano-Montes, Laura Mannocci, Camille Mellin, Mohsen B. Mesgaran, Elena Moreno-Amat, Sophie Mormede, Emilie Novaczek, Steffen Oppel, G Crespo, A. Townsend Peterson, Giovanni Rapacciuolo, Jason J. Roberts, Rebecca Ross, Kylie L. Scales, David Schoeman, Paul V. R. Snelgrove, Göran Sundblad, Wilfried Thuiller, Leigh G. Torres, Heroen Verbruggen, Lifei Wang, Seth Wenger, Mark J. Whittingham, Yuri Zharikov, Damaris Zurell, Ana M.M. Sequeira
33 p. 790-802
2018

A multidisciplinary approach for generating globally comparable data on mesophotic, deep-pelagic and bathyal biological communities

Woodall, L.C., Andradi-Brown, D.A., Brierley, A.S., Clark, M.R., Connelly, D., Hall, R.A., Howell, K.L., Huvenne, V.A.I., Linse, K., Ross, R.E., Snelgrove, P., Stefanoudis, P.V., Sutton, T.T., Taylor, M., Thornton, T.F., Rogers, A.D.
Oceanography 31 (Ja) p. 76-89
2018

Outstanding challenges in the transferability of ecological models

Yates, K.L., Bouchet, P.J., Caley, M.J., Mengersen, K., Randin, C.F., Parnell, S., Fielding, A.H., Bamford, A.J., Ban, S., Barbosa, A.M., Dormann, C.F., Elith, J., Embling, C.B., Ervin, G.N., Fisher, R., Gould, S., Graf, R.F., Gregr, E.J., Halpin, P., Heikkinen, R.K., Heinänen, S., Jones, A.R., Krishnakumar, P.K., Lauria, V., Lozano-Montes, H., Mannocci, L., Mellin, C., Mesgaran, M.B., Moreno-Amat, E., Mormede, S., Novaczek, E., Oppel, S., Ortuño Crespo, G., Peterson, A.T., Rapacciuolo, G., Roberts, J.J., Ross, R.E., Scales, K.L., Schoeman, D., Snelgrove, P., Sundblad, G., Thuiller, W., Torres, L.G., Verbruggen, H., Wang, L., Wenger, S., Whittingham, M.J., Zharikov, Y., Zurell, D., Sequeira, A.M.M.
Trends in Ecology & Evolution 10 (Ja) p. 790-802
2017

Towards ‘ecological coherence’: Assessing larval dispersal within a network of existing Marine Protected Areas

Rebecca Ross, W. Alex M. Nimmo-Smith, Kerry L. Howell
Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 126 p. 128-138
2017

Towards 'ecological coherence': assessing larval dispersal within a network of existing Marine Protected Areas

Ross, R.E., Nimmo-Smith, W.A.M., Howell, K.L.
Deep Sea Research Part I 126 (Ja) p. 128-138
2016

Increasing the Depth of Current Understanding: Sensitivity Testing of Deep-Sea Larval Dispersal Models for Ecologists

Rebecca Ross, W. Alex M. Nimmo-Smith, Kerry L. Howell
PLOS ONE 11
2016

Increasing the Depth of Current Understanding: Sensitivity Testing of Deep-Sea Larval Dispersal Models

Ross, R.E., Nimmo-Smith, W.A.M., Howell, K.L.
PLoS ONE 11 (Ja) p. e0161220
2015

Estimating dispersal distance in the deep sea: challenges and applications to marine reserves

Ana Hilário, Anna Metaxas, Sylvie M. Gaudron, Kerry L. Howell, Annie Mercier, Nélia C. Mestre, Rebecca Ross, Andreas M. Thurnherr, Craig M Young
Frontiers in Marine Science 2
2015

The Influence of Data Resolution on Predicted Distribution and Estimates of Extent of Current Protection of Three ‘Listed’ Deep-Sea Habitats

Lauren K. Ross, Rebecca Ross, Heather A. Stewart, Kerry L. Howell
PLOS ONE 10
2015

Estimating dispersal distance in the deep sea: challenges and applications to marine reserves

Hilário, A., Metaxas, A., Gaudron, S.M., Howell, K.L., Mercier, A., Mestre, N., Ross, R.E., Thurnherr, A.M., Young, C.
Frontiers in Marine Science 2 p. 6
2015

The Influence of Data Resolution on Predicted Distribution and Estimates of Extent of Current Protection of Three ‘Listed’ Deep-Sea Habitats

Ross, L.K., Ross, R.E. Stewart, H.A., Howell, K.L.
PLoS ONE 10 (Ja) p. e0140061
2013

Use of predictive habitat modelling to assess the distribution and extent of the current protection of ‘listed’ deep-sea habitats

Rebecca Ross, Kerry L. Howell
Diversity and Distributions: A journal of biological invasions and biodiversity 19 p. 433-445

Annet tidsskriftbidrag

2019

Better Model Transfers Require Knowledge of Mechanisms

Phil J Bouchet, A. Townsend Peterson, Damaris Zurell, Carsten F. Dormann, David Schoeman, Rebecca Ross, Paul Snelgrove, Ana M.M. Sequeira, Mark J. Whittingham, Lifei Wang, Giovanni Rapacciuolo, Steffen Oppel, Camille Mellin, Valentina Lauria, Periyadan K. Krishnakumar, Alice R. Jones, Stefan Heinänen, Risto K. Heikkinen, Edward J. Gregr, Alan H. Fielding, M. Julian Caley, A. Márcia Barbosa, Andrew J. Bamford, Hector Lozano-Montes, Stephen Parnell, Seth Wenger, Katherine L. Yates
34 (Ja) p. 489-490

Reports and papers

2018

SEAROVER 2017: Deep Water Reef Habitat & Species Video Analysis

Ross, R.E., La Bianca, G., Howell, K.L.
Report to Marine Institute and National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland)
2016

Investigating the role of larval dispersal models in the development of an 'ecologically coherent' network of deep sea marine protected areas

Ross, Rebecca
PhD Thesis, University of Plymouth
2014

Analysis of biological data from the JC060 survey of areas of conservation interest in deep waters off north and west Scotland

Howell, K.L., Huvenne, V., Piechaud, N., Robert, K. & Ross, R.E.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee Report No. 528
2011

MAPPING THE DEEP Mapping the distribution of sensitive deep-sea habitats to enable their future protection through the establishment of marine protected areas

Howell, K.L., Ross, R.E., Tyler-Walters, H.
Report to University of Plymouth and Marine Biological Association, UK
2011

South Devon Reef Video Baseline Surveys for the Prawle Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone cSAC and Surrounding Areas

Ross, Rebecca
Report Commissioned by Natural England

Chapters and books

2020

Chapter 47 - The geomorphology and biology of a submarine canyon system incising Ireland’s shelf edge in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean

O'Sullivan, D., Leahy, Y., Guinan, J., Ross, R., Sacchetti, F., Howell, K., Lyons, D., O'Dowd, L.
Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat (Second Edition) (Ja) p. 783-792
2019

The geomorphology and biology of a submarine canyon system incising Ireland’s shelf edge in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean

David O'Sullivan, Yvonne Leahy, Janine Guinan, Rebecca Ross, Fabio Sacchetti, Kerry L. Howell, David Lyons, Leonie O'Dowd
p. 783-792
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