Dr Laura Grange

Lecturer in Marine Biology / Senior Tutor, CELT Learning & Teaching Development Leader

Contact info

Room: 213 Marine Centre Wales     Phone: +44 (0)1248 382816

Email: l.grange@bangor.ac.uk

Web: ResearchGate

Laura graduated in Oceanography with Marine Biology from the University of Southampton in 2001. She remained at the University of Southampton for a further three years undertaking a PhD in the reproductive success of Antarctic marine invertebrates from which she graduated in 2005. Following my PhD, Laura worked as a Marine Environmental Consultant at the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CMACS Ltd) in Birkenhead, Liverpool. Here, she was tasked with undertaking inshore and offshore surveys, laboratory analyses and report writing to inform environmental impact assessments for a diversity of coastal and offshore developments. In 2009 Laura moved to the Department of Oceanography (Marine Sciences) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa to undertake a postdoctoral scholarship, where she worked on two projects focussed on the impacts of climate change on ecological processes in Antarctic seafloor ecosystems. Among other things, these projects involved exploring the link between pelagic and benthic systems under changing environmental conditions, and investigating the evolution of seafloor communities in response to changes in ice cover. During this time, she was appointed to a part-time Assistant Professor position and tasked with developing the first Marine Biology graduate programme in Hawai'i. In 2013 Laura was appointed a Teaching Fellow in Marine Biology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, where she delivered a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Following on from this appointment, Laura was promoted to Lecturer in Marine Biology and continued to engage in a variety of teaching and scholarship activities across the University. In 2018 she was appointed Lecturer in Marine Biology at Bangor University and moved to the School of Ocean Sciences in Menai Bridge, where Laura is the Senior and Disability Tutor.

Laura has over ten years of teaching experience in Higher Education institutions and a strong track record of programme leadership, innovative curriculum development, coordination of pedagogy-led teaching innovation and professional staff development. She has led initiatives aimed at improving assessment and feedback practice and engaged in HEFCE-funded pedagogic research projects designed to support student agency and success in higher education and beyond (HEFCE Catalyst A and B)In 2018, Laura and the contributions of a wider academic team at the University of Southampton were nationally recognized with a Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence from AdvanceHE for having a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning through their innovative university-wide, assessment and feedback strategy. More recently, she co-led the Staff and Student Training Project task group charged with developing a needs-based staff training programme and resources hub designed to guide Bangor University staff in their preparations for a blended learning approach. These activities led to Laura's appointment to Learning and Teaching Development Leader in Bangor University's Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT).  

Laura was awarded a HEA Senior Fellowship in 2019. She has also been nominated in both the teaching and pastoral support categories of the Student Led Teaching Awards within the university and was awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship in July 2020. 

Laura is a benthic marine ecologist, with a specialism in the Polar Regions. Her primary research interests focus on using benthic systems as models to investigate marine ecological and biological theory against a backdrop of changing environmental conditions, and evaluating benthic ecosystem responses to climate change. Particular areas of interest include the population consequences of ocean warming on the seasonal and inter-annual reproductive ecology of Antarctic marine invertebrates, and the reproductive resilience of Arctic marine invertebrates to environmental variability associated with changing sea ice conditions (The Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS)).

  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. Published

    A large population of king crabs in Palmer Deep on the west Antarctic Peninsula shelf and potential invasive impacts

    Smith, C. R., Grange, L. J., Honig, D. L., Naudts, L., Huber, B., Guidi, L. & Domack, E., 7 Mar 2012, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 279, 1730, p. 1017-1026

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Published

    Biogeochemical consequences of a changing Arctic shelf seafloor ecosystem

    Marz, C., Freitas, F., Faust, J., Godbold, J., Henley, S., Tessin, A., Arndt, S., Barnes, D., Grange, L., Gray, N., Head, I., Hendry, K., Hilton, R., Reed, A., Rhul, S., Solan, M., Souster, T., Stevenson, M., Tait, K. & Widdicombe, S., Feb 2022, In: AMBIO. 51, 2, p. 370–382 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Published

    Climate driven benthic invertebrate activity and biogeochemical functioning across the Barents Sea Polar Front

    Solan, M., Ward, E., Wood, C., Reed, A. J., Grange, L. & Godbold, J., 2 Oct 2020, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 378, 2181, 20190365.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Published

    Ecological role of an offshore industry artificial structure

    Gates, A., Serpell-Stevens, A., Chandler, C., Horton, T., Grange, L., Robert, K., Bevan, A. & Jones, D., 12 Nov 2019, In: Frontiers in Marine Science. 6, 14 p., 675.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  6. Published

    Functional thermal limits are determined by rate of warming during simulated marine heatwaves

    De Leij, R., Grange, L. & Peck, L. S., 10 Mar 2022, In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. 685, p. 183-196

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  7. Published

    Growth of marine ectotherms is regionally constrained and asymmetric with latitude

    Reed, A. J., Godbold, J., Grange, L. & Solan, M., Mar 2021, In: Global Ecology and Biogeography. 30, 3, p. 578-589

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  8. High Abundance of the Epibenthic Trachymedusa Ptychogastria polaris Allman, 1878 (Hydrozoa, Trachylina) in Subpolar Fjords along the West Antarctic Peninsula

    Grange, L. J., Smith, C. R., Lindsay, D. J., Bentlage, B. & Youngbluth, M. J., 4 Jan 2017, In: PLoS ONE. 12, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  9. Published

    Intermediate ice scour disturbance is key to maintaining a peak in biodiversity within the shallows of the Western Antarctic Peninsula

    Robinson, B., Barnes, D., Grange, L. & Morley, S., 18 Aug 2021, In: Scientific Reports. 11, 1, 16712.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  10. Published

    Invariant Gametogenic Response of Dominant Infaunal Bivalves From the Arctic Under Ambient and Near-Future Climate Change Conditions

    Reed, A. J., Godbold, J., Solan, M. & Grange, L., 25 Feb 2021, In: Frontiers in Marine Science. 8, 576746.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  11. Published

    Long-term interannual cycles of the gametogenic ecology of the Antarctic brittle star Ophionotus victoriae

    Grange, LJ., Tyler, PA., Peck, LS. & Cornelius, N., 2004, In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. 278, p. 141-155

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  12. Published

    Megafaunal Communities in Rapidly Warming Fjords along the West Antarctic Peninsula: Hotspots of Abundance and Beta Diversity

    Grange, L. J. & Smith, C. R., 3 Dec 2013, In: PLoS ONE. 8, 12

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  13. Published

    Multi-year observations on the gametogenic ecology of the Antarctic seastar Odontaster validus

    Grange, L. J., Tyler, P. A. & Peck, L. S., Nov 2007, In: Marine Biology. 153, 1, p. 15-23

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  14. Published

    Multi-year observations on the gametogenic ecology of the Antarctic seastar Odontaster validus (vol 153, pg 15, 2007)

    Grange, L. J., Tyler, P. A. & Peck, L. S., Jul 2011, In: Marine Biology. 158, 7, p. 1681-1681

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  15. Published

    Multiyear trend in reproduction underpins interannual variation in gametogenic development of an Antarctic urchin.

    De Leij, R., Peck, L. S. & Grange, L., 22 Sep 2021, In: Scientific Reports. 11, 1, 18868.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  16. Published

    Pelagic-benthic coupling, food banks, and climate change on the West Antarctic Peninsula Shelf

    Smith, C. R., DeMaster, D. J., Thomas, C., Srsen, P., Grange, L., Evrard, V. & DeLeo, F., Sep 2012, In: Oceanography. 25, 3, p. 188-201

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  17. Reproductive ecology of the circumpolar Antarctic nemertean Parborlasia corrugatus: No evidence for inter-annual variation

    Grange, L. J., Peck, L. S. & Tyler, P. A., 31 Jul 2011, In: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 404, 1-2, p. 98-107

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  18. Published

    Reproductive traits and population dynamics of benthic invertebrates indicate episodic recruitment patterns across an Arctic polar front

    Reed, A. J., Godbold, J., Solan, M. & Grange, L., Jun 2021, In: Ecology and Evolution. 11, 11, p. 6900-6912 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  19. Published

    Species interactions and environmental context affect intraspecific behavioural trait variation and ecosystem function

    Cassidy, C., Grange, L., Garcia, C., Bolam, S. & Godbold, J., 29 Jan 2020, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 287, 1919, 20192143.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  20. Published

    The extremes of disturbance reduce functional redundancy: Functional trait assessment of the shallow Antarctic benthos

    Robinson, B., Barnes, D., Grange, L. & Morley, S. A., 17 Feb 2022, In: Frontiers in Marine Science. 8, 797112.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  21. Published

    The reproductive ecology of the Antarctic bivalve Aequiyoldia eightsii (Protobranchia: Sareptidae) follows neither Antarctic nor taxonomic patterns

    Lau, S. C. Y., Grange, L. J., Peck, L. S. & Reed, A. J., 1 Sep 2018, In: Polar Biology. 41, 9, p. 1693-1706

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  22. Conference contribution › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  23. Published

    Fertilization success of the circumpolar Antarctic Seastar Odontaster validus: A diver-collected study

    Grange, L., Tyler, P. & Peck, L., 2011, Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 30th Symposium. Pollock, N. W. (ed.). p. 140-151 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  24. Abstract › Research › Peer-reviewed
  25. Published

    Evaluating assessment feedback in Higher Education: Principles of good practice

    Grange, L., Jul 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review

  26. Published

    Problems in the field: Using formative field-skills training to improve student outcomes

    Grange, L., Harding, I., Zhu, X., Chiorean, C. & Evans, C., Jul 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review

  27. Published

    The role of gorgonians as engineering species in the diversity and composition of benthic communities

    Corbera, G., Dominguez-Carrio, C., Grange, L., Ambroso, S. & Gili, J-M., 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review