Dr Murray Roberts invited to join Climate Change Panel

Dr J Murray Roberts

Dr J Murray Roberts, a Reader from the School of Life Sciences, has been invited to become a Contributing Author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr Roberts will contribute to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report (Chapter 6 'Ocean Systems') describing the effects of climate warming and ocean acidification on structural marine habitats, including those in the deep ocean.

About the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

The UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC. The IPCC is  open to all member countries of the United Nations (UN) and WMO; currently 194 countries are members of the IPCC.

About Dr J Murray Roberts

Dr Roberts joined Heriot-Watt University in September 2009 as a Reader in the School of Life Sciences. He was appointed as the Director of the University's Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology in January 2011.

He holds honorary positions at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and University of North Carolina Wilmington and is an Academic Editor for PLoS One.

His research group studies the biology and ecology of cold-water corals.