Dr Michaela Schratzberger

Principal Marine Ecologist and Science Leader

Michaela is a Principal Marine Ecologist and Science Leader at Cefas. She obtained her PhD from the University of Hamburg in 1998. Before joining Cefas, she worked at the University of Hamburg, Germany and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK on the effects of different types, frequencies and intensities of disturbance on meiofauna communities. She has over 20 years post-doctoral experience in marine ecology, investigating the composition, structure and function of benthic ecosystems. Her current research involves multidisciplinary studies on the effects of environmental change on ecosystems and biodiversity.

As Science Leader, Michaela provides direction in the delivery, management and development of Cefas science to ensure scientific excellence and strong science impact. Michaela has been an Associate Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Marine Biodiversity since 2008 and is a reviewer for over 20 scientific journals including Nature, PLoS ONE, Marine Pollution Bulletin and Marine Ecology Progress Series. She has been leading Cefas’ scientific input into multidisciplinary EU- and NERC-funded research programmes that are significant in terms of science potential and impact.

Michaela has significant experience and involvement in international and national fora. She chaired the ICES Study Group on Biodiversity Science between 2007 and 2009 and has been a member of the related Working Group since. Michaela is a scientific advisor to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on biodiversity-related issues in relation to the delivery of a UK network of Marine Protected Areas.

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Schratzberger M (2012). On the relevance of meiobenthic research for policy-makers. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 2639-2644

Schratzberger M, Ingels J (2018). Meiofauna matters: The roles of meiofauna in benthic ecosystems. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 502: 12-25

Schratzberger M, Holterman M, van Oevelen D, Helder J (2019). A worm’s world: Ecological flexibility pays off for free-living nematodes in sediments and soils. BioScience 69(11): 867-876 doi: 10.1093/biosci/biz086

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