Biography

Sophie has worked for Cefas since 2003, mainly as a Plankton ecologist with a view to undertake research into the role of zooplankton in the marine ecosystem and its influence on fisheries. She has experience in the analysis of long-term time series and in 2005, Sophie won an associate researcher grant with SAHFOS as a result of collaboration and gained knowledge of CPR data. Her research include studies on the impact of climate change on the recruitment of commercial marine fish species and the development of Individual Based models. More recently Sophie has developed an interest in gelatinous plankton, including the spread of non-native species and their impact on invaded ecosystems. She is currently leading on Defra contract to optimize the monitoring of zooplankton with the aim to satisfy the needs of modelers and policy makers, and is increasingly involved in the design of a new UK monitoring program for plankton. Sophie has authored 20 scientific papers to date.

I collaborated with Prof. Kerry Turner (ENV) and Dr Tiziana Luisetti as part of the MEMO project (Interreg IVa 2seas, 2010-2013), based on a socio-economic study concerning observed nuisances and potential problems caused by gelatinous plankton. I currently co-supervise a PhD student, Rebecca Wright, with Prof. Corrinne Le Quere (ENV). This PhD study aims to quantify the role of climate change on the occurrence of jellyfish blooms in the world’s oceans. To do this it will use a combination of data analysis, ecosystem modelling and economic valuation. 

Additional Contacts

I work at Cefas in the Pelagic Science Team
CEFAS Lowestoft Laboratory
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft
NR33 0HT
Tel. 01502 527785

All Publications

Bean, T. P., Greenwood, N., Beckett, R., Biermann, L., Bignell, J. P., Brant, J. L., Copp, G. H., Devlin, M. J., Dye, S., Feist, S. W., Fernand, L., Foden, D., Hyder, K., Jenkins, C. M., van der Kooij, J., Kröger, S., Kupschus, S., Leech, C., Leonard, K. S., Lynam, C. P., Lyons, B. P., Maes, T., Nicolaus, E. E. M., Malcolm, S. J., McIlwaine, P., Merchant, N. D., Paltriguera, L., Pearce, D. J., Pitois, S. G., Stebbing, P. D., Townhill, B., Ware, S., Williams, O., Righton, D.

(2017)

A Review of the Tools Used for Marine Monitoring in the UK: Combining Historic and Contemporary Methods with Modeling and Socioeconomics to Fulfill Legislative Needs and Scientific Ambitions,

in Frontiers in Marine Science

4

article no. 263

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Danovaro, R., Carugati, L., Berzano, M., Cahill, A. E., Carvalho, S., Chenuil, A., Corinaldes, C., Sonia, C., David, R., Dell'Anno, A., Dzhembekova, N., Garces, E., Gasol, J. M., Goela, P., Feral, J., Ferrera, I., Forster, R. M., Kurekin, A. A., Rastelli, E., Marinova, V., Miller, P. I., Moncheva, S., Newton, A., Pearman, J. K., Pitois, S. G., Rene, A., Rodrigez-Ezpeleta, N., Saggiomo, V., Simis, S. G., Stefanova, K., Wilson, C., Lo Martire, M., Greco, S., Cochrane, S. K., Mangoni, O., Borja, A.

(2016)

Implementing and Innovating Marine Monitoring Approaches for Assessing Marine Environmental Status.,

in Frontiers in Marine Science

3

article no. 213

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Pitois, S. G., Bouch, P., Creach, V., van der Kooij, J.

(2016)

Comparison of zooplankton data collected by a continuous semi-automatic sampler (CALPS) and a traditional vertical ring net,

in Journal of Plankton Research

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pp. 931-943

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Kopf, A., Bicak, M., Kottmann, R., Schnetzer, J., Kostadinov, I., Lehmann, K., Fernandez-Guerra, A., Jeanthon, C., Rahav, E., Ullrich, M., Pitois, S.

(2015)

The ocean sampling day consortium,

in GigaScience

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Van Der Molen, J., Van Beek, J., Augustine, S., Vansteenbrugge, L., van Walraven, L., Langenberg, V., van der Veer, H. W., Hostens, K., Pitois, S., Robbens, J.

(2015)

Modelling survival and connectivity of Mnemiopsis leidyi in the south-western North Sea and Scheldt estuaries,

in Ocean Science

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pp. 405-424

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Pitois, S. G., Jansen, T., Pinnegar, J.

(2015)

The impact of environmental variability on Atlantic mackerel Scomber scombrus larval abundance to the west of the British Isles,

in Continental Shelf Research

99

pp. 26-34

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Pitois, S. G., Armstrong, M.

(2014)

The growth of larval cod and haddock in the Irish Sea: a model with temperature, prey size and turbulence forcing,

in Fisheries Oceanography

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pp. 417-435

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Collingridge, K., van der Molen, J., Pitois, S.

(2014)

Modelling risk areas in the North Sea for blooms of the invasive comb jelly Mnemiopsis leidyi A. Agassiz, 1865,

in Aquatic Invasions

9

(1)

pp. 21-36

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Lynam, C. P., Halliday, N. C., Höffle, H., Wright, P. J., van Damme, C. J. G., Edwards, M., Pitois, S. G.

(2013)

Spatial patterns and trends in abundance of larval sandeels in the North Sea: 1950-2005,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

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pp. 540-553

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Jansen, T., Kristensen, K., Payne, M., Edwards, M., Schrum, C., Pitois, S.

(2012)

Long-term retrospective analysis of mackerel spawning in the North Sea: a new time series and modeling approach to CPR data,

in PLoS One

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article no. e38758

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Pitois, S. G., Lynam, C. P., Jansen, T., Halliday, N., Edwards, M.

(2012)

Bottom-up effects of climate on fish populations: Data from the continuous plankton recorder,

in Marine Ecology Progress Series

456

pp. 169-186

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Strömberg, K. P., Smyth, T. J., Allen, J. I., Pitois, S., O'Brien, T. D.

(2009)

Estimation of global zooplankton biomass from satellite ocean colour,

in Journal of Marine Systems

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pp. 18-27

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Pitois, S. G., Shaw, M., Fox, C. J., Frid, C. L.

(2009)

A new fine-mesh zooplankton time series from the Dove sampling station (North Sea),

in Journal of Plankton Research

31

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pp. 337-343

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Pitois, S. G., Fox, C. J.

(2008)

Empirically modelling the potential effects of changes in temperature and prey availability on the growth of cod larvae in UK shelf seas,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

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(9)

pp. 1559-1572

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Lees, K., Pitois, S., Scott, C., Frid, C., Mackinson, S.

(2006)

Characterizing regime shifts in the marine environment,

in Fish and Fisheries

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pp. 104-127

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Pitois, S. G., Fox, C. J.

(2006)

Long-term changes in zooplankton biomass concentration and mean size over the Northwest European shelf inferred from Continuous Plankton Recorder data,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

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pp. 785-798

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Pitois, S., Jackson, M. H., Wood, B. J.

(2001)

Sources of the eutrophication problems associated with toxic algae: an overview,

in Journal of Environmental Health

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pp. 25-32

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Pitois, S., Jackson, M., Wood, B.

(2000)

Problems associated with the presence of cyanobacteria in recreational and drinking waters,

in International Journal of Environmental Health Research

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pp. 203-218

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Pitois, S., Jackson, M., Wood, B.

(1997)

Summer bloom of Gloeotrichia echinulata and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae and phosphorus levels in Antermony Loch, central Scotland,

in International Journal of Environmental Health Research

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pp. 131-140

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