Laurence De Clippele


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Dr Laurence De Clippele is a marine ecologist who focusses on studying cold-water coral reefs with a general interest in marine biodiversity, biogeography, ecosystem functioning, trophic ecology and pollution. Currently, she works as part of the European Horizon 2020 iAtlantic project, a multidisciplinary research programme seeking to assess the health of deep-sea and open-ocean ecosystems across the full span of the Atlantic Ocean. She is also a lecturer in the Msc Marine Systems and Policies programme.

Her research focusses on:

  • Ecology: studying patterns in biodiversity and behaviours of cold-water coral reef fauna based on ROV videos, imagery and acoustic recordings.
  • Mappingpredictive modelling of the presence and biomass of cold-water coral reef fauna
  • Ecosystem functions: quantifying the total nutrient cycling capacity of cold-water coral reefs
  • Characterising: describing the geomorphology of coral mounds across the Atlantic.

Laurence enjoys combining academic research with developing and delivering public engagement activities and dissemination materials to connect and share our science with a wider audience. Her aim is to build a stronger relationship and a two-way dialogue between science and society. Examples are science-artist collaborations, Future Of Our Seas, Midlothian Science Festival, Edinburgh Science Festival, several video editing and design projects.

Prior to this, she was conducting research as part of the H2020 ATLAS project where she has also filled- in as ATLAS project manager. She was also a project assistant and team leader at the International Edinburgh Science Festival. Laurence did her PhD (Ecological and environmental controls on the fine-scale distribution of cold-water corals in the North-East Atlantic) at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh). Funded by the Leonardo Da Vinci Scholarship she also worked for 6 months at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen (Norway) on the fauna associated with cold-water gorgonians and seapens. Her masters is in Marine and Lacustrine Sciences and Management with a major in Ecology and her bachelors is in Biology, during which she worked at the Tjärnö  Marine biological laboratory (recovery of cold-water coral reefs) (Sweden) and participated in a course on intertidal biodiversity at the Roscoff marine station (France).


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