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Professor Claire Mahaffey BSc, PhD

Professor of Ocean Sciences Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

About

Personal Statement

I am Chair of Ocean Sciences in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences.

I graduated with a BSc in Marine Biology with Oceanography from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, Wales. I completed a PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry at the University of Liverpool. I worked as a post-doctoral research associated (PDRA) at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA) under the mentorship of Prof. Douglas Capone and as a research specialist at the University of Hawaii (USA) under the mentorship of Prof. David Karl. In 2007, I became a Lecturer in Ocean Sciences at the University of Liverpool and was promoted to Professor in 2018.

As a marine biogeochemist, I am interested in the cycling of nutrients and carbon in the ocean, the connection between nutrients, plankton and food webs and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems.

I am currently the Head of Discipline in Ocean Science and Ecology and Marine Biology.

Prizes or Honours

  • Professor of Oceanography (University of Liverpool, 2019)
  • Challenger Society Fellow (Challenger Society, UK, 2008)

Funded Fellowships

  • Women in Science and Engineering Fellowship (University of Southern California, USA, 2003)