Dr Daniel Small – University of Plymouth PhD Student

Dan is a biologist specialising in physiology and developmental biology, who is mainly focussed on predicting the ways that animals will respond to climate change, and in particular, rising sea temperatures and the weakening of oceanic alkalinity (Ocean Acidification – OA). Having completed his degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography, Dan continued his studies with Plymouth University by embarking on a PhD in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratories and the Hatchery in 2009.

Upon attaining his doctorate in 2013, Dan worked as a researcher in Italy, investigating the effects of OA in the environment (as opposed to the lab) by studying the invertebrate communities inhabiting naturally CO2-rich thermal vents in coastal waters. The following year Dan moved to his current home of Nova Scotia, Canada, where he works as a postdoctoral researcher at St. Francis Xavier University. Dan is continuing his research into the impacts of OA and warming seas, as well as branching out into new fields, such as assessing the development of symbiotic relationships between algae and amphibians.


Small DP
, Calosi P, Boothroyd D, Widdicombe S, Spicer JI. (2016) The sensitivity of the early benthic juvenile stage of the European lobster Homarus gammarus (L.) to elevated pCO2 and temperature. Marine Biology. 163 (3); 1-2. Full text

 Small DP, Calosi P, Boothroyd D, Widdicombe S, Spicer JI. (2015) Stage-specific changes in physiological and life-history responses to elevated temperature and pCO2 during the larval development of the European lobster, Homarus gammarus (L.). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 88(5); 494-507. Full text

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