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 Louise Rutterford

Louise Rutterford

PhD student

 Geoffrey Pope 


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


My research interests centre around how to reduce and mitigate anthropogenic impacts in the environment, with particular focus on the response of marine systems to climate change and conserving threatened marine environments.

I completed a biology degree and environmental masters at York University, with a focus on climate science in terrestrial systems. I’ve recently returned to scientific study following work as a research assistant assessing existing and predicting future impacts of climate change on major fisheries species in the North Sea. This follows several years of work in the environmental sector as a project manager for sustainable energy and transport consultancies.

Through my PhD I am working closely with Cefas and am involved in government commissioned research projects. I have also reviewed papers submitted for publication that relate to my research area.


BSc Biology, University of York, First class honours.
MRes Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York, Distinction.


Research projects

Project Title: Assessing the impacts of a changing climate on European continental shelf fisheries.

Steve Simpson, University of Exeter
Martin Genner, University of Bristol
Simon Jennings, Cefas, Lowestoft
Ewan Hunter, Cefas, Lowestoft

Funding Body:
NERC CASE studentship with Cefas

Project Description:
Using European fisheries survey data alongside modelled Met Office climate data to assess historic and predict future marine fish distributions based on climate and environmental projections. Using Generalised Additive Models (GAMs) to date.

Patterns of fish distributions alongside otolith records will be used to assess the impacts of changing environmental conditions on key fish species growth.


Fishes in a changing world: learning from the past to promote sustainability of fish populations

TAC Gordon, HR Harding, FK Clever, IK Davidson, W Davison, DW Montgomery, RC Weatherhead, FM Windsor, JD Armstrong, A Bardonnet, E Bergman, JR Britton, IM Côté, D D'Agostino, LA Greenberg, AR Harborne, KK Kahilainen, NB Metcalfe, SC Mills, NJ Milner, FH Mittermayer, L Montorio, SL Nedelec, JM Prokkola, LA Rutterford, AGV Salvanes, SD Simpson, A Vainikka, JK Pinnegar, EM Santos (2018). Journal of Fish Biology 92 (3), 804-827.

Future of the Sea: Biological Responses to Ocean Warming. 

Martin J. Genner, Jennifer J. Freer and Louise A. Rutterford, (2017). Foresight – Future of the Sea, Evidence Review, Government Office for Science. 

Future fish distributions constrained by depth in warming seas

Rutterford, L. A., S. D. Simpson, S. Jennings, M. P. Johnson, J. L. Blanchard, P. J. Schön, D. W. Sims, J. Tinker and M. J. Genner (2015). Future fish distributions constrained by depth in warming seas. Nature Climate Change 5 (6), 569-573.




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