Dr Christina Roggatz

Dr Christina Roggatz

Research Fellow

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Dr. Christina Roggatz is a research fellow in marine chemical ecology and computational modelling. Her research focuses on the effect of climate change on chemically mediated interactions of marine organisms and their functioning within ecosystems. She is particularly interested in unravelling the effects of pH at molecular level using a range of chemical analytical, biological and computational approaches.

Christina joined the Energy and Environment Institute in 2018, where she works on an EU-funded project and investigates compounds involved in biological interactions that are essential for sediment stability and their sensitivity to environmental conditions, such as pH and temperature.

She obtained her PhD from the University of Hull in 2017 for her interdisciplinary work on the effects of ocean acidification on peptide signalling cues in marine crustaceans.

Besides her research, Christina has a particular interest in science communication. Over the past years, she developed a growing portfolio of public outreach and engagement projects that aim at more engagingly and effectively communicating aspects related to climate change. As Scientific Advisor to The Deep in Hull, she actively contributes to correct and easy-to-understand climate-related information within one of the UK's largest aquaria.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Taking Current Climate Change Research to the Classroom—The "Will Hermit Crabs Go Hungry in Future Oceans?" Project

Roggatz, C. C., Kenningham, N., & Bartels-Hardege, H. D. (2019). Taking Current Climate Change Research to the Classroom—The “Will Hermit Crabs Go Hungry in Future Oceans?” Project. In W. L. Filho, & S. L. Hemstock (Eds.), Climate Change and the Role of Education (255-277). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32898-6_15

Journal Article

Becoming nose-blind—Climate change impacts on chemical communication

Roggatz, C. C., Saha, M., Blanchard, S., Schirrmacher, P., Fink, P., Verheggen, F., & Hardege, J. D. (2022). Becoming nose-blind—Climate change impacts on chemical communication. Global change biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16209

Modelling Antifouling compounds of Macroalgal Holobionts in Current and Future pH Conditions

Hardege, J. D., Roggatz, C. C., & Saha, M. (2022). Modelling Antifouling compounds of Macroalgal Holobionts in Current and Future pH Conditions. Journal of Chemical Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10886-021-01340-4

Acidification can directly affect olfaction in marine organisms

Porteus, C. S., Roggatz, C. C., Velez, Z., Hardege, J. D., & Hubbard, P. C. (2021). Acidification can directly affect olfaction in marine organisms. The journal of experimental biology, 224(14), https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.237941

Ocean Acidification Amplifies the Olfactory Response to 2-Phenylethylamine: Altered Cue Reception as a Mechanistic Pathway?

Hardege, J. D., Schirrmacher, P., Roggatz, C. C., & Benoit, D. M. (in press). Ocean Acidification Amplifies the Olfactory Response to 2-Phenylethylamine: Altered Cue Reception as a Mechanistic Pathway?. Journal of Chemical Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10886-021-01276-9

Research interests

Chemically-mediated ecological processes in near-shore and estuarine habitats, effects of naturally fluctuating and future environmental conditions (pH, T) on signalling molecules used by invertebrates, vertebrates and micro-organisms.

In short: how do surrounding conditions influence the ability of marine organisms to communicate with each other?

Cross-disciplinary integration of computational chemical methods in chemical ecological research.

Science communication, engaging and effective communication of climate change-related aspects to the public.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

2021

Member of the International Society of Chemical Ecology

2019

Early Career Member of the Society of Experimental Biology

2018

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2016

Teaching qualification