Effects of ocean acidification on the calcified structures of benthic organisms
Hellenic Center for Marine Research
Ocean acidification is one of the major consequences of climate change. The project aims at examining the effects of ocean acidification on the structure and density of the hard structures of different benthic organisms using micro-CT imaging technology. During a series of experiments, invertebrate species will be kept in different pH treatments. The acidification effects will be compared between: (a) benthic organisms that use different forms of CaCO3 (b) juvenile vs. adult life stages; (c) external vs. internal hard structures and (d) long-term vs. short-term acidification experiments.
The outcomes of the project will not be focused solely on scientific results. The videos created by the micro-CT will be used as an educational tool to visualise the acidification effects for the general public. Thus, the project will increase the public awareness of the problem, creating an additional pressure for policy-makers to make ocean acidification a top priority on their agenda.
This project was evaluated and funded as part of the Foundation’s effort to support research teams with all their members being under 40 years old.
Nafsika Papageorgiou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Hellenic Centre For Marine Research - HCMR
Panagiotis Grigoriou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Hellenic Centre For Marine Research - HCMR
Ana Queirós, Researcher, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Sarah Faulwetter, PhD Student, Hellenic Centre For Marine Research - HCMR
Evangelia Chatzinikolaou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Hellenic Centre For Marine Research - HCMR