Dr Sofie Spatharis
- Senior Lecturer (Life Sciences Animal Biology)
- Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
My research is focused on understanding the ecological processes that shape marine communities and sustain their diversity and productivity at both local (patch) and regional (metacommunity) scales. I approach these research questions using numerical modelling, laboratory experimentations and field monitoring. Other research interests include the study of dynamics of harmful algal blooms and the assessment of the ecological status of coastal waters.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- A.G.Leventis Foundation Scholarship - E.Christoforou
A.G. Leventis Foundation
2018 - 2020
Present and future projects
2019-20 "Developing eDNA approaches to monitoring planktic threats to salmonic aquaculture AQUASCAN" - BBSRC accelerator fund with Martin Llewellyn
2019-20 “Harnessing environmental metabolomics to understand algal warfare” Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Excellence and Innovation Catalyst Grant
2018- “Resilience in connected plankton communities following a heat wave event-CoDRes” in the framework of AQUACOSM-TA, EU funded project (EU H2020-INFRAIA-project No 731065)
- Christoforou, Eleni
Effects of microfiber and light pollution on coastal ecosystem services provided by the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis
- Dwyer, Toni
Environmental DNA for low-cost monitoring of disease in Aqua
2017-2018 “Environmental DNA (eDNA) targeted TempO-Seq as a novel quantitative tool for monitoring aquaculture risk agents” BBSRC Agri-Food Technology Seeding Catalyst fund
2016 “Environmental DNA - a new cost-effective tool for monitoring risk agents for salmonid and shellfish aquaculture”. Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Consolidator Grant with Martin Llewellyn
2015-16 “Building the first theoretical and experimental database for diatom short-term responses to changes in nutrient availability”. MASTS funding with Juan Bonachella
2014-16 “The relative role of niche and neutral mechanisms in controlling phytoplankton genetic and morphological diversity –ECOGENE”. European Social Fund
I teach across year one to year 4 of our BSc Degrees in Zoology and Marine & Freshwater Biology in the School of Life Sciences. I teach in the courses Environmental Biology, Aquatic Ecosystems, Univariate and Multivariate stats and I coordinate the Animal Biology, Evolution and Ecology course. I also teach statistics at the Quantitative Ecology and MRes Masters of BAHCM Institute.