Room: 402 Westbury Mount
Phone: 01248 382904
I am a senior lecturer in marine biology, specialized in larval ecology of benthic invertebrates and benthic ecology. In 1991, I graduated in Biological Sciences at Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. I did my MSc (1996) and PhD (2000) also in Uruguay, in the context of the Uruguayan Postgraduate programme (PEDECIBA) and the German academic exchange programme (DAAD). My theses were developed in the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Marine Station of Helgoland, Germany, focusing on ecological consequences of maternal effects and developmental plasticity. From 1992 to September of 2007, I had a position as Assistente Gr. 2 at Seccion Oceanología, also at Facultad de Ciencias, Uruguay. Between 2003 and 2005 I undertook postdoctoral research also at the Marine Station of Helgoland financed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
My research interests are focused in determining causes of patterns of distribution of marine organisms with emphases on the larval ecology of marine benthic invertebrates. I work in eco-physiology (effects of environmental conditions on larval growth, development and survival), in undersanding the role of larval supply, and phenotypic plasticity (maternal, carry-over, latent and other developmental effects) in driving recruitment of benthic invertebrates. I also work in community ecology, studying causes of patterns of community structure at multiple spatial scales and in the role of larvae for metapopulation connectivity and benthic-pelagic coupling.
I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in marine ecology.
My past and current PhD supervision are given below
Kate Griffith: (Supervisor, with Jenkins) Climate driven changes in recruitment success of marine invertebrates: the role of food supply and temperature. Bangor University. Completed 2013 Funded through College of Natural Sciences Internal PhD studentship£60,000 Gimenez L and Jenkins SR
Tom Potter (Co supervisor, with Jenkins and Davies) Climate change effects on intertidal community structure. Bangor University Completed 2015 Partially funded through Climate Change Consortium of Wales £15,000 Jenkins SR and Gimenez L
Zainab Al-Wazzan (Co-supervisor, with Le Vay). The biology and ecology of the rocky shore crab Leptodius exaratus (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) on the coast of Kuwait. Completed 2017
Franziska Spitzner (external Co-supervisor, with Harzsch: Greifswald University, Germany).Effects of abiotic stress on neurogenesis in the developing brain of crustacean larvae. Funded by RESPONSE programme, Graduierte Coleg, DFG, Germany.
Darbyshire, Teresa (Supervisor).The Systematics of the Polychaetes of the Falkland Islands.
Rebekah Newstead (Co-supervisor, with Wilson) Feeding ecology and grazing of mesozooplankton from the Amundsen Sea Polynya, Antarctica. Funded by NERC.
Amy Curry (Supervisor, with Whiteley) Early life stages of brachyuran crabs and the influence of ocean acidification and reduced salinity on their development and performance. Funded by NERC.
Simon Karythis (Co-supervisor with Jenkins, Whiteley and McCarthy) An interdisciplinary approach to understanding predator modification of prey behaviour Funded by NERC ENVISION DTP
INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme: COCKLES (Boosting Co-operation and integration of Capacities for applying Knowledge and mutual Learning in Restoring Cockle Shellfisheries and its related Ecosystem-Services in the Atlantic Area). (S Malham, Gimenez, et al) £347K. Led by CETMAR in Spain. 2017-2020
CSIC (I+D) Grant (Research council of Universidad de la República, Uruguay), ca. £16,000 Muniz, Giménez (2013-2015). Role of hypoxic/anoxic events on estuarine systems of the Uruguayan coast.
NERC Standard Grant (NE/J007544/1), ca.£ 457,000. Whiteley N, Giménez L, McCarthy I, Hutton C. Climate change and the costs of survival in two species of marine crabs with contrasting abilities to compensate for environmental change. 2012-2014.
INIA, (Institute of Agricultural Research, Spain). Guerao, Rotllant (IRTA, Spain), Giménez et al. (2012-2014). Optimization of larval rearing of Maja brachydactyla.
FST Standard grant (Research Council Portugal) Calado, Queiroga (University of Aveiro), Giménez, et al. (2012-2014). Metamorphosis does not erase the larval and embryonic history.
INTERREG 4a EU: Ireland Wales programme Malham, Gimenez et al £630,000 SUSFISH: Shellfish productivity in the Irish Sea: working towards a sustainable future. 2009-2013
NERC Standard Grant NEH006702/1 £489,629 Jenkins SR, Gimenez L, Burrows MT Towards an integrative theory of recruitment in marine benthic organisms January 2010