CURRICULUM VITAE

JESSICA BELLWORTHY
The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, P.O.B 469 Eilat 88103, Israel
Phone: +972 (0) 58 663 7259, Email: jhbellworthy@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

December 2016 – Present
Ph.D. Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University, Israel
“Environmentally mediated maternal effects in a brooding scleractinian coral from the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.”

October 2014 – December 2016
M.Phil. Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Southampton, UK
“Thermal physiology of reef building coral Stylophora pistillata in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.”

September 2012 – October 2013
Ocean Science Master of Research, University of Southampton, UK
Thesis: “Heme b in a long term ocean acidification mesocosm study, Gullmar Fjord, Sweden.”

September 2008 – May 2011
First Degree, First Class Honours
Marine Biology Bachelor of Science, Swansea University, UK
Thesis: “Testing the photoprotective hypothesis: the function of green fluorescent proteins in Red Sea scleractinian corals.”

September 2005 – June 2007
Barton Peveril College, Hampshire, UK
A Level: Geography (A), Biology (B), Physical Education (B)
AS Level: Geography (A), Biology (A), Psychology (A), Physical Education (B)

September 2000 – June 2005
Mountbatten School, Hampshire, UK
GCSE: 6 A*’s, 2 A’s, 2 B’s

PUBLICATIONS

2. Bellworthy, J., Gledhill, M., Esposito, M., Achterberg, E. P., Abundance of the Iron Containing Biomolecule, heme b, during the Progression of a Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in a Mesocosm Experiment. PLOS ONE. Submitted.

1. Bach, L.T., Taucher, J., Boxhammer, T., Ludwig, A., The Kristineberg KOSMOS Consortium, Achterberg, E. P., Algueró-Muñiz, M., Anderson, L. G., Bellworthy, J., Büdenbender, J., Czerny, J., Ericson, Y., Esposito, M., Fischer, M., Haunost, M., Hellemann, D., Horn, H. G., Hornick, T., Meyer, J., Sswat, M., Zark, M., Riebesell, U. Influence of ocean acidification on a natural winter-to-summer plankton succession: First insights from a long-term mesocosm study draw attention to periods of low nutrient concentrations. PLOS ONE. 11(8) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159068.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

1. Bellworthy, J., Fine, M., The Influence of Parental Feeding upon the Fitness of Offspring under Thermal Stress; A Case Study from a Model Coral Species. 8th ILANIT/ FISEB Conference, Eilat, February 2017

CONFERENCE POSTERS

(all published online at ePosters)
4. Bellworthy, J., Fine, M., The influence of parental feeding upon coral planulae fitness under thermal stress. EPScon 2017, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, February 2017.

3. Bellworthy, J., Finding Super Corals: Environmentally mediated maternal effects in Stylophora pistillata from the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. Hawaii, June 2016.

2. Bellworthy, J., Gledhill, M., Esposito, M., Achterberg, E. P., The abundance of iron containing protein, heme b, during a natural spring bloom under ocean acidification conditions. Institute for Life Sciences: Life in a High Carbon World. University of Southampton, September 2015

1. Bellworthy, J., Fine, M., The Gulf of Aqaba as a coral reef refuge; Stylophora pistillata is resistant to water temperatures 5°C above the mean summer maximum. Reef Conservation UK. London, November 2014

LABORATORY TECHNIQUES

• Laser Scanning Confocal, Light and Fluorescence microscopy
• Fast Rate Repetition Fluorometery, Single and Multiple turnover protocols
• Pulse Amplitude Modulation Fluorometry, Maxi and Microscopy hardware
• Tropical coral husbandry in aquaria, including carbonate chemistry, nutrient, pH and salinity regulation
• Sexual gamete collection, rearing and husbandry in broadcast and brooding scleractinian species
• Spectrophotometry (photosynthetic pigments, Bradford protein assay, PAH quantification)
• Use of fiber optical sensor probes (e.g. real time oxygen evolution in photosynthetic organisms)
• Macro and nanomolar nutrient analysis (QuaTTro, nanomolar analyser and spectrophotometry)
• Particulate organic carbon and nitrogen analysis, elemental analyser
• Tandem mass spectrometry and high performance liquid chromatography
• Gas chromatography
• Species identification, otolith collection, and sexual maturity of British commercial fish
• Preparation of chemical reagents, working and stock standards

RESEARCH VESSEL EXPERIENCE

• Irish Groundfish Survey Leg Four – 11 day offshore Research Cruise, December 2016
• Coastal Oceanography, Swansea University and University of Southampton. UK day cruises (2009 – 2016)
• Long-term repeated sampling of pelagic mesocosms in an ocean acidification study. University of Southampton, UK and GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany. Gullmar Fjord, Sweden (March – May 2013) and Gran Canaria (February – April 2014)
• Cetacean Population Study, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association. Two 10-day offshore research cruises in the Egyptian Red Sea (June 2012)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

• “Biology of Corals” undergraduate/ graduate course 2016, IUI, Eilat. Teaching Assistant.
• “Introduction to Marine Ecology” module, University of Southampton. Demonstrator.
• “Marine Invertebrates” module, University of Southampton. Demonstrator.
• “Discover Oceanography” Public and School Outreach Boat Experience sessions, University of Southampton.
• “Tropical Reef Ecology Red Sea Field Trip”, University of Chester. Demonstrator and logistics facilitator.
• Environmental Protection and Education Association, Egypt. School Outreach Educator.
• Dolphin and Marine Ecology trips. Barakuda Divers, Hamata, Egypt. Seminar presenter and in-water guide.
• Over two years cumulative experience as a PADI Divemaster in Egypt, leading introductory and guided dives.
• Public outreach classes and guided snorkel excursions as a volunteer with Coral Cay Conservation, Philippines.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

• Spoken languages: English (native). Conversational Egyptian Arabic and German
• Full UK driving license since 2007 (clean)
• PADI Divemaster Certification and PADI Nitrox certification, up to 40% (2008), ~ 1500 dives to date
• Basic SCUBA equipment maintenance and repair
• Coral reef organism identification, including coral, invertebrate and fish species and algae genera.
• Confidently computer literate including the use of Microsoft programs
• High-level oral and written skills
• Completion of RYA Sea Survival course (2011 and 2012) and RYA Powerboating Level Two (2012)
• Completion of First Aid (2012) and Automatic External Defibrillation course (2013)
• Scientific diver, underwater surveys and monitoring, University of Southampton (2012 – present) and Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel (May 2015 – present)

ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS

• Poster Prize Runner Up – EPSCon 2017, Weizman Institute of Science, Israel, February 2017
• Second Prize Poster – Institute for Life Sciences Conference: ‘Life in a High Carbon World’ 2015
• Recipient of the Kristin Bruhn Endowed Memorial Fund Scholarship, University of Southampton (2015)
• Graham Ralston Prize in Marine Biology (2011) for the student with the single most “exceptional enthusiasm, commitment and scientific excellence in the execution of the final year project”.
• Secretary (2009 – 10) and Assistant Diving Officer (2010 – 11) of Swansea University Sub Aqua Club
• Duke of Edinburgh Bronze (2005) and Silver (2006) Award, UK Youth Community Involvement Scheme

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

• 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Hawaii, June 2016
• Sexual Coral Reproduction and Restoration Workshop, SECORE International and CARMABI Foundation, Curacao, September 2015
• Institute for Life Sciences “Life In A High Carbon World”, Southampton, September 2015
• Reef Conservation UK, Zoological Society of London, 2014
• NERC Fluorescence Microscopy Training course, University of Essex, 2014
• 1st International Workshop on Ocean Acidification Impacts to Coral Reefs, Eilat, Israel 2013

REFEREES

Excellent references can be provided upon request.