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Andrew Hirst

Associate Dean for Research

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Associate Dean for Research


Prof Andrew Hirst is the Associate Dean of Research within the ARES School.

Research areas

Prof Hirst's research is focused on ecology, physiology and impacts of climate warming, with special emphasis on aquatic organisms. He has published over 80 papers and book chapters and has worked at British Antarctic Survey, and the Universities of Southampton, London and Liverpool.

The Hirst Lab web page is available here

External activity

Honorary Professor Danish Technical University, Copenhagen

NERC Peer Review College member

Journal of Plankton Research Editorial Board


Recent Publications Include:

Verberk WCEP, Atkinson D, Hoefnagel KN, Hirst AG, Horne CR, Siepel H (2021) Shrinking body sizes in response to warming: explanations for the temperature-size rule with special emphasis on the role of oxygen. Biological Reviews 96: 247-268. doi: 10.1111/brv.12653

Horne CR, Hirst AG, Atkinson D (2020) Selection for increased male size predicts variation in sexual size dimorphism among fish species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20192640.

Lee L, Atkinson D, Hirst AG, Cornell S  (2020) A new framework for growth curve fitting based on the von Bertalanffy Growth Function. Scientific Reports 10, 7953.

Atkinson A, Lilley MKS, Hirst AG, McEvoy AJ, Tarran GA, Widdicombe C, Fileman ES, Woodward EMS, Schmidt K, Smyth TJ, Somerfield PJ (2020) Increasing nutrient stress reduces the efficiency of energy transfer through planktonic size-spectra. Limnology & Oceanography. doi:10.1002/lno.11613

Evans LE, Hirst AG, Kratina P, Beaugrand G (2020) Temperature‐mediated changes in zooplankton body size: large scale temporal and spatial analysis. Ecography 43: 581–590.

Cornwell LE, Fileman ES, Bruun JT, Hirst AG, Tarran GA, Findlay HS, Lewis C, Smyth TJ, McEvoy AJ, Atkinson A (2020) Resilience of the copepod Oithona similis to climatic variability: egg production, mortality, and vertical habitat partitioning. Frontiers in Marine Science

Tan H, Hirst AG, Glazier D, Atkinson D (2019) Ecological pressures, and the contrasting scaling of metabolism and body shape in coexisting taxa: cephalopods versus teleost fish. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374: 20180543.

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