Laura Hobbs (UK)

University of Strathclyde

Laura Hobbs is a postdoctoral research associate working at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Her principal area of research is Arctic zooplankton. She uses various tools to understand their behaviours on a pan-Arctic scale, although much of her research is focused on west Svalbard.

She currently works on a few Arctic research projects, funded by the UK through the Changing Arctic Ocean programme, and funded through the Research Council of Norway. Laura is interested in the vertical distribution patterns of zooplankton throughout the Arctic, with a specific focus on how the populations respond to light. Much of her research takes place during the Polar Night, where the lack of a solar cycle presents an interesting environment in which to study these light-driven communities.

During Emerging Leaders, Laura hopes to gain experience in how to make her research useful and accessible to policy makers, and to gain an understanding of how policy is developed in the Arctic.

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