Marine Station Supervisor

Petra Harsanyi

Petra Harsanyi

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

My current research focuses on the environmental effects of offshore renewable energy. I am interested to understand how offshore renewable energy developments will affect marine habitats, biodiversity, benthic ecosystem dynamics and processes.

The main themes I am interested in are:

  • Understanding the impacts of offshore renewable energy on species and ecosystem levels with an aim to inform policy and industrial practices
  • Establishing robust behavioural and physiological baselines for marine coastal species to assess the impacts of anthropogenic stressors for monitoring purposes
  • Monitoring ecosystem health, microbial diversity, and biogeochemical processes

Beside my current research I am interested in the genomic analysis of biodiversity, with particular focus on the effects of climate change on external and internal microbiomes of coastal species. I am also keen to get involved in research focusing on the chemical diversity of marine species and identification of novel bioactive compounds.

In addition, I have a strong interest in developing methods using autonomous vehicles, to monitor marine environments.

CURRENT PROJECTS
  • Impacts of electromagnetic fields on marine microorganisms, with particular focus on pathogens and microbial biofilms.
  • Impacts of shipping noise and electromagnetic fields from subsea cables on the embryological development of the long-finned squid, Loligo forbesii
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as a potential tool to assess and monitor herring spawning events
  • Impacts of electromagnetic fields from subsea cables on the post-disturbance recovery of marine coastal invertebrates
  • ElasmoPower project- Impacts of different EMF levels to the avoidance threshold and other behavioural and physiological changes of Elasmobranchs
  • Artificial habitat design and in-depth behavioural analyses of the European lobster, Homarus gammarus
PUBLICATIONS

Publications are available to view via my ResearchGate profile.

EDUCATION

Master of Science, Biology at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary (2004-2011)

Dissertation:“Fluctuating asymmetry and liver EROD enzyme activity measurement of Black scorpionfish (Scorpaena porcus): biomonitoring marine contaminants in Northern Adriatic Sea”

Doctor of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University-Doctoral School of Environmental Science (2017-)

Dissertation: “Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Marine Microorganisms”

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