Jason Hall-Spencer


University of Plymouth (UK) and University of Tsukuba (Japan)

Phone: 01752 584629
Education & career

2008-2020 Lecturer then Reader then Professor of Marine Biology

2020- Predident of the British Phycologcal Society

2003-2008 Royal Society University Research Fellow, Plymouth University.
2000-2002 Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Glasgow.
1996-1999 PDRA at University of London and University of Glasgow.
1992-1997 Firefighter with Strathclyde Firebrigade.
1992 Marine Nature Conservation Review Team, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK.
1991 Benthic Ecologist. Institute of Offshore Engineering, Edinburgh, UK.

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Current teaching activities

I teach undergraduate, masters and PhD students at the Universities of Plymouth (UK) and Tsukuba (Japan)

Available for teaching/education
Research activities

Current research spans seamount ecology , fisheries , ocean acidificationaquaculture and conservation. I'm also working on Marine Protected Area design using satellite vessel monitoring for fisheries management. My fieldwork sites are currently at volcanic CO2 vents in the Mediterranean and off Japan as well as maerl beds in Norway.

Brazilian CAPES grant: Integrated internationalization of knowledge production and training of humanresources in the area of marine / coastal biodiversity - bases for sustainability (2019-2022) 800K.  
Chinese NSF grant: phytoplankton zooplankton dynamics on warming, acidified, nutrient rich coasts (2019-2021) $400K
Swedish FORMAS mobility grant: rhodochronology using coralline algae (2018-2021) 4648779 SEK.
EU LIFE RELIONMED Programme (2017-2021) Mediterranean lionfish invasion. £180K
Research Professorship, Tsukuba University, Japan (2016-2023) £250K
Selected publications (up to 5)

Hall-Spencer J, Allain V, Fossa JH (2002) Trawling damage to Northeast Atlantic ancient coral reefs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 269, 507-511.

Hall-Spencer JM & Moore PG (2000) Scallop dredging has profound long-term impacts on maerl habitats. ICES Journal of Marine Science 57, 1407-1415.

Hall-Spencer JM, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Martin S, Ransome E, Fine M, Turner SM, Rowley SJ,Tedesco D, Buia M-C (2008) Volcanic carbon dioxide vents reveal ecosystem effects of ocean acidification. Nature 454, 96-99.

Porzio L, Buia MC, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Effects of ocean acidification on macroalgal communities. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 400, 278-287.

Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Houlbrèque F, Tambutté E, Boisson F, Baggini C, Patti FP, Jeffree R, Fine M, Foggo A, Gattuso J-P, Hall-Spencer JM (2011) Coral and mollusc resistance to ocean acidification adversely affected by warming. Nature Climate Change 1, 308-312. 

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