Biography

I am a marine ecologist, with a specialism in benthic ecology. I studied for a bachelors in environmental biology at Napier University, then went on to take a masters degree in ecology and environmental management at the University of York and a PhD in benthic ecosystem functioning at Newcastle University. I worked as a post-doc at the University of Liverpool and then at the Univeristy of Oslo. I've worked at Cefas since 2008.

My research focusses on marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, with an emphasis on the effects of human activities on the marine environment. A large part of my work is on species' biological traits, using them to examine links between species and ecosystem function, to establish how these links might vary across environments and to investigate how human activities such as fishing or management practices impact on ecological function.

I am the ecology science leader for a large programme of marine ecosystem assessment for new nuclear developments. In this programme we use physical, chemical and biological data to develop understanding of coastal ecosystem and foodweb dynamics, we investigate the pathways by which nuclear power stations could impact on the marine environment and how these impacts can be avoided or mitigated. We use both empirical studies and predictive models and our work focusses specifically on species of societal importance; that is, species of conservation or commercial importance or those with a particularly important role in coastal ecosystems.

One of my other key research interests is in developing new approaches for surveying and assessing coastal ecosystems and I am particularly interested in the application of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for gathering high-resolution vegetation and fauna data from intertidal and shallow subtidal areas. This is a developing research field and there are a number of exciting possibilites to explore.

I have collaborated with colleagues in a variety of organisations, including Abo Akademi in Finland, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Greece, the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences at the Univeristy of Hull, the Environment Agency, AZTI-Technalia in Spain, the University of Antofagasta in Chile and the University of Coimbra in Portugal, among others.

All Publications

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Degen, R., Aune, M., Bluhm, B. A., Cassidy, C., Kędra, M., Kraan, C., Vandepitte, L., Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Zhulay, I., Albano, P. G., Bremner, J., Grebmeier, J. M., Link, H., Morata, N., Nordström, M. C., Shojaei, M. G., Sutton, L., Zuschin, M.

(2018)

Trait-based approaches in rapidly changing ecosystems: A roadmap to the future polar oceans,

in Ecological Indicators

91

pp. 722-736

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Borja, A., Bremner, J., Muxika, I., Rodriguez, J. G.

(2015)

Biological Responses at Supraindividual Levels,

in Aquatic ecotoxicology : Advancing tools for dealing with emerging risks.

Elsevier

pp. 333-354

ISBN 9780128009499

Full Text UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Tornroos, A., Bonsdorff, E., Bremner, J., Blomqvist, M., Josefson, A. B., Garcia, C., Warzocha, J.

(2015)

Marine benthic ecological functioning over decreasing taxonomic richness,

in Journal of Sea Research

98

pp. 49-56

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(Article)

(Published)


Tolhurst, T., Reid, B., Andrews, J., Giannopoulos, G., Grant, A., Lorenzoni, I., Peake, L., Goulden, M., Waters, J., Donaldson, C., Bremner, J., Dolphin, T., Garcia, C., Kennedy, K.

(2015)

The December 2013 North Sea storm caused the biggest UK storm surge for 60 years,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Giannopoulos, G., Peake, L., Reid, B., Andrews, J., Grant, A., Lorenzoni, I., Goulden, M., Waters, J., Dolphin, T., Bremner, J., Tolhurst, T.

(2015)

Environmental and social impacts of the 2013 Storm Surge on the North Norfolk coast,

(Poster)

(Published)


Queiros, A. M., Birchenough, S. N. R., Bremner, J., Godbold, J. A., Parker, R. E., Romero-Ramirez, A., Reiss, H., Solan, M., Somerfield, P. J., Van Colen, C., Van Hoey, G., Widdicombe, S.

(2013)

A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates,

in Ecology and Evolution

3

(11)

pp. 3958-3985

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(Article)

(Published)


Verissimo, H., Bremner, J., Garcia, C., Patricio, J., van der Linden, P., Marques, J. C.

(2012)

Assessment of the subtidal macrobenthic community functioning of a temperate estuary following environmental restoration,

in Ecological Indicators

23

pp. 312-322

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(Article)

(Published)


Tyler, E. H. M., Somerfield, P. J., Vanden Berghe, E., Bremner, J., Jackson, E., Langmead, O., Palomares, M. L. D., Webb, T. J.

(2012)

Extensive gaps and biases in our knowledge of a well-known fauna: implications for integrating biological traits into macroecology,

in Global Ecology and Biogeography

21

(9)

pp. 922-934

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(Article)

(Published)


Philippart, C. J. M., Amaral, A., Asmus, R., van Bleijswijk, J., Bremner, J., Buchholz, F., Cabanellas-Reboredo, M., Catarino, D., Cattrijsse, A., Charles, F., Comtet, T., Cunha, A., Deudero, S., Duchene, J., Fraschetti, S., Gentil, F., Gittenberger, A., Guizien, K., Goncalves, J. M., Guarnieri, G., Hendriks, I., Hussel, B., Vieira, R. P., Reijnen, B. T., Sampaio, I., Serrao, E., Pinto, I. S., Thiebaut, E., Viard, F., Zuur, A. F.

(2012)

Spatial synchronies in the seasonal occurrence of larvae of oysters (Crassostrea gigas) and mussels (Mytilus edulis/galloprovincialis) in European coastal waters,

in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

108

pp. 52-63

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(Article)

(Published)


Bremner, J.

(2012)

Ecosystem functioning and the legacy of MarBEF,

in Transitional Waters Bulletin

6

(2)

pp. 1-3

Full Text

(Comment/debate)

(Published)


Pacheco, A. S., Teresa Gonzalez, M., Bremner, J., Oliva, M., Heilmayer, O., Laudien, J., Riascos, J. M.

(2011)

Functional diversity of marine macrobenthic communities from sublittoral soft-sediment habitats off northern Chile,

in Helgoland Marine Research

65

(3)

pp. 413-424

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(Article)

(Published)


Frojan, C. R. S. B., Cooper, K. M., Bremner, J., Defew, E. C., Hussin, W. M. R. W., Paterson, D. M.

(2011)

Assessing the recovery of functional diversity after sustained sediment screening at an aggregate dredging site in the North Sea,

in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

92

(3)

pp. 358-366

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(Article)

(Published)


Reichert, K., Ugland, K. I., Bartsch, I., Hortal, J., Bremner, J., Kraberg, A.

(2010)

Species richness estimation: Estimator performance and the influence of rare species,

in Limnology and Oceanography: Methods

8

(6)

pp. 294-303

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(Article)

(Published)


Birchenough, S., Bremner, J., Henderson, P., Hinz, H., Jenkins, S., Mieszkowska, N., van der Kooij, J.

(2010)

MCCIP ARC Science Review 2010-11: Shallow and shelf subtidal habitats and ecology,

Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership

Full Text

(Other report)

(Published)


Bremner, J.

(2008)

Species' traits and ecological functioning in marine conservation and management,

in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

366

(1-2)

pp. 37-47

Full Text

(Literature review)

(Published)


Frid, C. L. J., Paramor, O. A. L., Brockington, S., Bremner, J.

(2008)

Incorporating ecological functioning into the designation and management of marine protected areas,

in Hydrobiologia

606

article no. 69

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(Article)

(Published)


Bremner, J., Rogers, S., Frid, C.

(2006)

Methods for describing ecological functioning of marine benthic assemblages using biological traits analysis (BTA),

in Ecological Indicators

6

(3)

pp. 609-622

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(Article)

(Published)


Bremner, J., Rogers, S., Frid, C.

(2006)

Matching biological traits to environmental conditions in marine benthic ecosystems,

in Journal of Marine Systems

60

(3-4)

pp. 302-316

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(Article)

(Published)


Bremner, J., Frid, C., Rogers, S.

(2005)

Biological traits of the North Sea benthos: Does fishing affect benthic ecosystem function?,

in Benthic Habitats and the Effects of Fishing.

American Fisheries Society

pp. 477-489

ISBN 1-888569-60-3

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(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Frid, C., Robinson, L., Bremner, J.

(2005)

Muddy thinking: Ecosystem-based management of marine benthos,

in Benthic Habitats and the Effects of Fishing.

American Fisheries Society

pp. 651-665

ISBN 1-888569-60-3

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