Marine Station Manager

Petra Harsanyi

Petra Harsanyi

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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.

  • 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 are available to view via my ResearchGate profile.


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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