Leyre Villota Nieva


I am interested in investigating the effects of warming on marine organisms using genetic tools. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming places on the planet and these changes may exceed the natural ability of many organisms to cope. As part of my PhD, I am studying the effects of warming on recruitment and marine benthic community in Antarctica using heated settlement panels, identifying genetic differences of the organisms that have settled on the panels.

Previous Research and Other Interests

During my undergraduate degree at Plymouth University, I used quantitative PCR to investigate the effects of the maternal environment in the production of heat shock proteins, in adult and embryonic stages of freshwater snails. I am primarily interested in how stress can influence the physiology of marine organisms at a cellular and whole organism level. As a marine biologist, one of my biggest passions is diving, which I try to engage in as part of my work and recreationally.


Dr Melody Clark, British Antarctic Survey
Professor Lloyd Peck, British Antarctic Survey
Dr Andrew Davies, Bangor University
Dr Joseph Hoffman, University of Bielefeld

  • 2014–Present: PhD Student – British Antarctic Survey and Bangor University
  • 2011–2014: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, Plymouth University
Professional Experience
  • June 2013–September 2013: Colin Lab Intern – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • January 2011–April 2011: Environmental Intern – Global Vision International

Contact Details

British Antarctic Survey
Madingley Road, High Cross
United Kingdom

email: leyllo62[at]bas.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)1223 221400
twitter: @LeyreVillota