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Nicholas Kamenos

My research investigates the relationships between climate change and marine ecosystems with a focus on ecosystem service provision. I am the Director of Umeå Marine Sciences Centre.


Works at

KBC-huset, Linnaeus väg 6, Umeå Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliated as professor at Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF) Role: Director
-, Norrbyn 557, 905 71 HÖRNEFORS Umeå Marina Forskningscentrum, Norrbyn 557, 905 71 Hörnefors

Research keywords: Arctic, ecology, nature-based solutions, biogeochemistry , blue carbon, climate change, glaciers, human interactions, palaeoclimate reconstruction, global change, multiple stressors, ecosystem services, ocean acidification, tropical, coralline algae, corals, seagrass, sediment

The oceans are a critical global resource which is changing. Change is both natural but also, in recent times, has become anthropogenically driven. My group's research at the Umeå Marine Sciences Centre and the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University asks questions about how the oceans are altered by the synergy between natural and anthropogenic change while trying to better determine the actual extent of global change.

Global biogeochemical and ecological cycles are a key interest of my group’s research which we consider in two broad groupings:

1) We investigate relationships between global change (e.g. climate variability, ocean acidification & multiple stressors) and ecosystem engineers (including macroalgae, coralline algae, corals, seagrass and sediments) along with the services they provide. Recently, this has focused the their role in understanding glacier and freshwater discharge, blue carbon repositories and coral bleaching.

2) We develop climatic and ecological proxies for the Holocene to better understand past responses of ecosystem engineers to different rates of environmental change at Arctic, temperate and tropical latitudes.

Both research groupings are strongly multidisciplinary including many biological, geological and chemical techniques. We conduct our research in polar to tropical seas using SCUBA as well as in the Marine Mesocosm Facility.  My group also benfits from access to the latest analytical facilities including laser ablation ICPMS, isotope ratio mass spectrometry, Raman, SEM, gas chromatography, photosynthetic and carbonate chemistry analysis.

Environmental Archaeology, Vol. 27, (2) : 228-242
Schofield, J E; Pearce, D M; Mair, D W F; et al.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, Vol. 288, (1956)
Hennige, S J; Larsson, A I; Orejas, C; et al.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology, John Wiley & Sons 2021, Vol. 34, (7) : 1167-1176
Recknagel, H; Kamenos, Nicholas A.; Elmer, K R
Nature Ecology & Evolution, Springer Nature 2021, Vol. 5, (11) : 1546-1556
Recknagel, Hans; Carruthers, Madeleine; Yurchenko, Andrey A.; et al.
Global Change Biology, Vol. 26, (4) : 2496-2504
Mao, J H; Burdett, H L; McGill, R A R; et al.
Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science 2020, Vol. 369, (6509) : 1351-1355
Rasher, Douglas B.; Steneck, Robert S.; Halfar, Jochen; et al.
Frontiers in Marine Science, Vol. 7
Schubert, N; Schoenrock, K M; Aguirre, J; et al.
Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 587 : 73-80
Burdett, H L; Perna, G; McKay, L; et al.
Frontiers in Marine Science, Vol. 5
Kamenos, N A; Hennige, S J
Global Change Biology, Vol. 24, (10) : 4775-4783
McCoy, S J; Kamenos, N A
Global Change Biology, Vol. 24, (6) : 2554-2562
McCoy, S J; Kamenos, N A; Chung, P; et al.
Journal of Maps, Vol. 14, (2) : 45-55
Pearce, D M; Mair, D W F; Rea, B R; et al.
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Vol. 127 : 579-588
Recknagel, H; Kamenos, N A; Elmer, K R
Journal of Phycology, Vol. 54, (5) : 690-702
Schoenrock, K M; Bacquet, M; Pearce, D; et al.
Diversity, Vol. 10, (4)
Schoenrock, K M; Vad, J; Muth, A; et al.
Frontiers in Marine Science, Vol. 4
Bach, L L; Freer, J J; Kamenos, N A
Scientific Reports, Vol. 7
Hennige, S J; Burdett, H L; Perna, G; et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, National Academy of Sciences 2010, Vol. 107, (52) : 22442-22447
Kamenos, Nicholas A.
Ophelia: International Journal of Marine Biology, Stenstrup: Ophelia Publications 2004, Vol. 58, (1) : 49-60
Jackson, C M; Kamenos, Nicholas A.; Moore, P G; et al.

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