Martin Edwards is a Honorary Professor of Ocean Ecology at the University of Plymouth and has been the Research Director at the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science.  He has over 25 years experience in researching environmental change impacts on marine ecosystems. He has written over 185 publications.

He was the main author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report on ‘Changes in marine ecosystems and fisheries’ and acted as a contributing author for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on marine biogeography and Harmful Algal Blooms and climate change.  

Martin received an Inspiration Award in Ecosystem Science from the University of Oslo in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to the understanding of regime shifts on marine ecosystems.

He is currently a member of the Pool of Experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment and contributed to the first and second United Nations World Ocean Assessments (WOA).

Claudia Castellani is a zooplankton eco-physiologist and taxonomist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory in Plymouth, UK. Her research focuses on the mechanisms determining the biogeographical and temporalchanges in zooplankton species abundance and productivity through a multidisciplinary approach.

Claudia has extensive sea-going experience having participated in numerous international and multidisciplinary oceanographic research campaigns in the Northern North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publication and a book on the taxonomy and ecology of marine plankton of the North Atlantic Ocean (

She is involved in two Changing Arctic Ocean projects ARISE and DIAPOD funded by the UK government in which she is investigating the impact of climate change on the ecology and physiology of Arctic zooplankton ( Some of her recent work has looked into the capacity of rapid adaptation by zooplankton to climate change. More information on Claudia’s research activity can be found on her profile on Research Gate (