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Roweena Patel – University of Reading

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Roweena Patel

Energy transfer in marine ecosystems based on phytoplankton size structure from satellite remote sensing

 This joint project with Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) aims to address knowledge gaps of understanding lower tropic level processes in marine food webs for commercially important fish stock in the South West Approaches and Western English Channel. This project will focus on six species of interest, commercially important to the region: sardine (Sardina pilchardus), European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus), mackerel (Scomber scombrus), horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus), sprat (Sprattus sprattus), and herring (Clupea harengus) and will generate a food web model using satellite retrievals combined with stomach content compositions and environmental data from Cefas' Peltic Survey. Enhancing these knowledge gaps is important for fisheries policies, marine ecosystem management and marine spatial planning. The understanding of energy transfer on larger scales using remote sensing techniques can add evidentiary support to management strategies. This project is funded by the SCENARIO NERC DTP and Cefas.


About Me:

I hold a BSc in Biological Sciences (Zoology) from the University of Leicester (UK) and an MSc in Social Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University (Sweden). My BSc dissertation investigated the ecology of three Kenyan Rift Valley soda lakes. MSc thesis focussed on identifying artisanal fishing hot spots in coastal Kenya. I used GPS fishing tracks of artisanal fishers and segmented the tracks into different behaviours (fishing vs travelling to fishing grounds) and identified potential hotspots and overlaps in gear and vessel types within the hotspots. I have several years working as a Marine Data Specialist at Joint Nature Conservation Committee. I oversaw the UK Marine Benthic Database (Marine Recorder) and developed an R Package 'marineRecorder'. I was an organiser for the Dynamic Earth Student Conference 2019 at University College London and feature in University of Reading Graduate School Highlights 2019.

Research Interests:

  • Fish and Fisheries Ecology.
  • Ecology and Sustainable Development.
  • Governance and Management of Ecosystem Services.
  • Remote Sensing.

Research Groups:

Environmental Science Research Division



Twitter: @roweenapatel

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Dr Shovonlal Roy (University of Reading)

Dr Elisa Capuzzo (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science)

Dr Jeroen van der Kooij (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science)

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