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Dr Laura Pettit

Dr Laura Pettit

Academic Visitor

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building


  • Conservation Evidence Research Associate – collaboration between JNCC and the University of Cambridge – 2017-present
  • Marine Assessment Scientist – JNCC – 2015-2017
  • PhD Marine Studies – University of Plymouth – 2010-2014
  • MSc Oceanography – University of Southampton – 2008-2009
  • BA Geography – University of Oxford – 2004-2007

Research Interests

I am a marine scientist with a particular interest in ocean acidification and how this affects marine communities.

I am currently visiting the department, working on a marine synopsis for the Conservation Evidence project, as part of Bill Sutherland's group.

Key Publications

  • Pettit, L. R., Smart, C. W, Hart, M. B., Milazzo, M. and Hall-Spencer, J. M. (2015). Seaweed fails to prevent ocean acidification impact on foraminifera. Ecology and Evolution. 5: 1784–1793.
  • Hart, M. B, Leighton, A. D., Smart, C. W., Pettit, L. R., Medina-Sánchez, A. N., Harries, P. J., Cárdenas, A. L., Hall-Spencer, J. M. and Rosa Maria Prol-Ledesma, R. M. (2014). Ocean acidification in modern seas and its recognition in the Geological record: the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary in Texas and Alabama. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions. 64: 193-213.
  • Pettit, L. R., Hart, M. B., Medina-Sánchez, A., Smart, C. W., Rodolfo-Metalpa, R., Hall-Spencer, J. M. and Prol-Ledesma, R. M. (2013). Benthic foraminifera show some resilience to ocean acidification in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 73: 452-462.
  • Smith, H, E. K., Tyrrell, T., Charalampopoulou, A., Dumousseaud, C., Legge, O. J., Birchenough, S., Pettit, L. R., Garley, R., Hartman, S. E., Hartman, M. C., Sagoo, N., Daniels, C. J., Achterberg, E. and Hydes, D. J. (2012). Predominance of heavily calcified coccolithophores at low CaCO3 saturation during winter in the Bay of Biscay. PNAS. 109: 8845-8849.
  • Daniels, C. J., Tyrrell, T., Poulton, A. J. and Pettit, L. (2012). The influence of lithogenic material on particulate inorganic carbon measurements of coccolithophores in the Bay of Biscay. Limnology and Oceanography. 57: 145-153.