Researcher Profile

Erica Head

Job Title: Research Scientist
Employer: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Place of Birth: Haywards Heath, Sussex, UK
High School attended: Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset, UK
Further Education: University of Cambridge (B.Sc.), University of London (M.Sc.), University of Wales (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Nova Scotia, Scotian Shelf, Labrador Sea

Brief synopsis of current research:
The GLOBEC-Canada programme seeks to investigate the effects of variations in climate on fisheries, including survival of fish larvae, which is influenced by the availablity of their zooplankton food. Within GLOBEC-Canada, Dr. Head is studying the distribution and ecology of zooplankton on the Scotian Shelf and in the Labrador Sea and how they are affected by interannual variations in hydrography. Another line of work is in the detailed analysis of algal pigments and their degradation products which have applications in the fieldd of: algal physiology and ecology; ocean optics; interpretation of ocean colour satellite images; herbivorous feeding by zooplankton; and elucidation of pathways of oceanic carbon flux.