Dr Kirsty Kemp
• June 2011- current: Research Fellow - Zoological Society of London
• 2008- 2011: Leverhulme Postdoctoral Researcher, Deep-sea Fauna of Oceanic Islands - Zoological Society of London
• 2006-2007: NERC Postdoctoral Researcher, Polychaete Research Group, Natural History Museum, London
• 2006: PhD Zoology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
• 2001: MSc Marine and Fisheries Science, University of Aberdeen
• 2000: Research assistant, Gatty Marine Laboratory, Scotland
• 1999: Research assistant, Sea Mammal Research Unit, Scotland
• 1998: BSc Animal Biology, University of St Andrews, Scotland
I specialise in the study of deep ocean ecology with a primary research interest in ecosystem function in the context of developing realistic and sustainable management practices in the marine environment.
- 2012: Sustainable Fisheries Greenland award of £200,005 Project: Diversity and ecosystem function indices of the macrobenthic community, West Greenland shelf (200-600m) in response to varied impact
- 2011: Sustainable Fisheries Greenland award of £20,000 Pilot study: Image-based benthic surveying off West Greenland
- 2011: EUROFLEETS award of EUR 60,412 for ROV survey and coral collection. Project: Deep-sea fauna of oceanic islands
- 2011: IS-MOBIL Yggdrasil grant award of NOK 78 000 (USD 10,0626) for NFR Visiting Researcher Scholarship, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway. Project: Response of deep-water sponge fauna to mine tailings
- 2007: Leverhulme Trust 3-year research grant (with further extension of 1 year) Project: ecology of cold-water coral ecosystems of the Azores archipelago
- 2005: National Science Foundation (NSF, USA) scholarship for International Graduate Training Course in Antarctic Biology at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Project: Integrative Biology and Adaptation of Antarctic Marine Organisms
- Current ENG 1 (sea-going medical)
- Personal Survival at Sea
- HSE (UK Health and Safety Executive) SCUBA Commercial/Professional Diver
- British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Dive Leader
- Current First Aid + Wilderness Medical Training
- Greenland Institute of Natural Resources Survey 2011, M/T Paamiut (trawler), North Atlantic-Arctic, benthic survey 200-600m
- EUROFLEETS, Sept 2011 Research Vessel L'Atalante, Azores, ROV and geological sampling
- Greenland Institute of Natural Resources Annual Shrimp Stock Assessment Survey, June 2010, M/T Paamiut (trawler), drop-camera benthic survey
- CE10014 Apr-May 2010 (24 days), Research Vessel Celtic Explorer, Rockall Trough-Belgica Mounds-Porcupine Seabight, ROV surveys and coral collection within the EU CoralFISH project Coralfish.net
- 2009 Seamounts Cruise 410, Nov-Dec 2009 (40 days), IUCN, ASCLME, EAF-Nansen, ACEP, ZSL and ECOMAR RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, Pelagic sampling and physical oceanography of the seamounts of the South West Indian Ocean Ridge. BBC Earthwatch Seamounts expedition blogspot
- Ongoing: Faial Channel, Azores, Portugal, survey and sampling dives with the manned submersible Lula, owned and operated by the Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation.
- 2006-2008: Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory, Sweden, ROV collection dives.
- SWEDARP Nov-Jan 2007/8 (42 days), Icebreaker Oden, Southern Ocean/Antarctica, Oceanographic observations and deployment of bone packages. Polartrec Antarctic Expedition
- M2005 May-June 2005 (31 days), RV Pelagia, Bay of Cadiz to Rockall Trough, Recovery of mooring, benthic landers, box and piston cores, seismic survey.
- 02/09/04–09/09/04: D284-T, RRS Discovery, Porcupine Abyssal Plain and Bay of Biscay, Test deployments of long-term lander.
- 27/09/02–24/10/02: D266, RRS Discovery, Porcupine Seabight and Abyssal Plain, Demersal trawling, benthic landers, food-fall deployment.
- 06/03/02–24/03/02: D260, RRS Discovery, Porcupine Seabight and Abyssal Plain, Demersal trawling, benthic landers, food-fall deployment.
- 13/04/01–30/04/01: D252, RRS Discovery, Porcupine Seabight and Abyssal Plain, Demersal trawling, benthic landers, food-fall deployment.
Links to previous research pages:
Glover, A.G., Higgs, N.D., Bagley, P.M., Carlsson, R., Davies, A.J., Kemp, K.M., Last, K.S., Norling, K., Rosenberg, R., Wallin, K-A., Källström, B., Dahlgren, T.G. (2010). A live video observatory reveals temporal processes at a shelf-depth whale-fall.Cahiers Biologie Marine 51: 375-381.
Dahlgren, T. G., Kemp, K. M., Jamieson, A. J., Smith, C.R., Glover, A.G. (2009). First record of Antarctic whale-fall species. 4th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (4th CBE). Okinawa June 28 - July 3 2009
Kemp, K.M., Fraser, K.P.P., Collins, M.A., Priede, I.G. (2008). Seasonal variation in white muscle biochemical composition of deep-sea macrourids in the North-east Atlantic. Marine Biology 155: 37-49.
Kemp, K.M., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., Collins, M.A., Priede, I.G. (2008). A new technique for sequential periodic bait-release at a camera platform in the deep sea; trial at 3664m depth in the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep Sea Research II 55: 218-228.
Glover, A.G., Kemp, K.M., Smith, C.R., Dahlgren, T.G. (2008).On the role of bone-eating worms in the degradation of marine vertebrate remains.Proceedings of the Royal Society B275: 1959-1961
Wagner H-J., Kemp, K.M., Mattheus, U., Priede, I.G. (2007). Rhythms on the bottom of the deep sea: Cyclic current flow changes, and melatonin patterns in two species of demersal fish. Deep Sea Research I 54: 1944-1956.
Kemp, K.M., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., McGrath, H., Bailey, D.M., Collins, M.A., and Priede, I.G. (2006). Consumption of a large bathyal food fall, a six month study in the north-east Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series 310: 65-76.
Yancey, P.H., Rhea, M.D., Kemp, K.M., and Bailey, D.M. (2004). Trimethylamine oxide, betaine and scyllo-inositol in deep-sea animals: depth trends and effects on enzymes under hydrostatic pressure. Cellular and Molecular Biology 50: 371-376.
Bagley, P.M., Priede, I.G., Jamieson, A.J., Bailey, D.M., Battle, E.G., Henriques, C., and Kemp, K.M. (2004). Lander techniques for deep ocean biological research. Underwater Technology 26: 3-11.
Wakeling, J.M., Cole, N.J., Kemp, K.M. & Johnston, I.A. (2000). The biomechanics and evolutionary significance of thermal acclimation in the common carp Cyprinus carpio. American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative logy 279: R657 - R665.
Wakeling, J.M., Kemp, K.M. & Johnston, I.A. (1999). The biomechanics of fast-starts during ontogeny in the common carp Cyrinus carpio. Journal of Experimental Biology 202: 3057-3067.
Navas, C.A., James, R.S., Wakeling, J.M., Kemp, K.M. & Johnston, I.A. (1999). An integrative study of the temperature dependence of whole animal and muscle performance during jumping and swimming in the frog Rana temporaria. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 169(8): 588-596.
Evolution & Molecular Ecology
T: 020 7449 6527
F: 020 7586 2870
Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London
London, United Kingdom