A University of Hull researcher’s study into the impact of climate change on oceans is on show to the public as a new display opens at The Deep.
Dr Christina Roggatz, a research fellow working within the Energy & Environment Institute at the university, has focused her work on how dropping ocean pH due to increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere can affect marine organisms.
She also recently investigated how two of the most potent biotoxins in the oceans are affected by climate change and showed that they will become more toxic by the year 2100.
Dr Roggatz’s research now forms the basis of a new display unveiled at The Deep in Hull on Saturday, February 15.
Titled ‘Changing Seas,’ the display will inform visitors about how climate change is affecting our oceans and what this means for the animals which live there.
Dr Roggatz said: “This display is the culmination of around a year of collaboration between the university and The Deep.
“The purpose of the display is to inform people about the impact of climate change on our oceans, by providing new facts people did not know before.
“They will definitely learn something new, because the effects of pH on smell molecules and biotoxins have only recently been uncovered.
“The molecule models we calculated on the University’s supercomputer VIPER make the influence of climate change very visible and now form an integral part of the new exhibit.
“They show the impact of climate change at a very different level to what people usually get to see and know.”
The display was designed and executed in-house by a team of aquarists at The Deep, and took almost a year from concept to completion.
The team paired with Dr Roggatz following her recent research study into the field.
Dr Roggatz first trained as a marine biologist. She came to Hull in 2013 for a PhD in chemistry and now conducts research combining both disciplines at the Energy and Environment Institute.
Her studies on ocean acidification have gained recognition with several publications in leading journals, including Nature Climate Change.