Prof Andrew Hirst
Our research is focused on the ecology, physiology and role of aquatic organisms. We explore fundamental rules and principles of biology and ecology; marine and freshwater species provide exciting opportunities to derive new perspectives on universal problems. A recent focus has been to develop mechanistic approaches to understand physiological rates and also the response of organisms to climate change. In developing new perspectives our methodologies span: experimentation, fieldwork, conceptualisation and meta-analysis. We have experimental experience with crustaceans, jellyfish, ciliates and phytoplankton.
My publications include the first global descriptions of mortality, fecundity and growth of zooplankton; understanding the role of oxygen availability in controlling maturation size in aquatic species (apparent in the contrasting temperature-size responses and latitudinal-size patterns of air- and water-breathing ectotherms); and derivation of the equations used to measure growth and secondary production of zooplankton.
I am an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Ocean Life, Copenhagen, this is a Villum-Kahn Rasmussen Centre of Excellence, which is focused on studying life in a changing ocean.
Currently I hold a University of Tokyo Professorial Fellowship, and am working at the Atmosphere and Oceans Research Institute in Japan until April 2020.