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Anna Belcher

PhD, MOcean

Anna is part of the team responsible for measurements of greenhouse gas exchange across mature and clear-felled Sitka spruce stands at Harwood forest, and other sites managed by Forest Research. Anna’s main role is the ongoing collection of data, maintenance and repairs of precision sensors and instruments, manual measurements of gas exchange and soil components, and the day-to-day operation of the site.

Anna joined Forest Research in 2023 having previously worked for British Antarctic Survey as a marine biogeochemist, conducting research and supporting field campaigns. programme. She studied oceanography at the University of Southampton, completing a 4 year MOcean degree with a year of study at the University of Washington, Seattle. Anna worked as an oceanographic surveyor for 2 years before embarking on a PhD with the National Oceanography Centre and British Antarctic Survey in 2013. Anna then carried out a number of post-doc positions with British Antarctic Survey, with much work in the field collecting samples and deploying moored instrument arrays, working there from 2017-2023. Now Anna is a research assistant with the climate change group at Forest Research.

Research Assistant
Climate change

Northern Research Station Roslin Midlothian EH25 9SY

Related Research


Harwood Forest GHG monitoring site

Measuring forest carbon balance and effect of harvesting

Status current

Peer reviewed journal articles

Belcher, A., Henley, S., Hendry, K., Wootton, M., Friberg, L., Dallman, U., Wang, T., Manno, C. (2023) Seasonal cycles of particle (carbon, nitrogen and silica) flux in the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean: A stable isotope approach, Biogeosciences, 20, 3573–3591

Hill et al. (in review) Observing change in pelagic animals as sampling methods shift: the case of Antarctic krill, Frontiers in Marine Science

Cavan, E., Mackay, N., Atkinson, A., Belcher, A., Hill, S. (in review) First estimates of the natural capita provided by Antarctic krill faecal pellets, Nature communications

F., Belcher, A., Iversen, M. H. (in review) Enhanced productivity and organic carbon export at the interface between a subpolar and subtropical eddy, Limnology and Oceanography

Belcher, A., Freer, J., Dornan, T., Saunders, R. (2023) Illuminating the lanterns of Antarctica, Frontiers for Young Minds, 11:926063. doi: 10.3389/frym.2023.926063

Cook, K., Belcher, A., Bondyale-Juez, D., Stowasser, G., Fielding, S., Saunders, R., Elsafi, M., Wolff, G., Tarling, G., Mayor, D. (2023) Carbon budgets of Scotia Sea mesopelagic zooplankton and micronekton communities during austral spring, DSR II, 210: 105296

Tarling et al. (2022) Carbon and lipid content of the copepod Calanus finmarchicus entering diapause in the Fram Strait and their contribution to the boreal and Arctic lipid pump, Frontiers, 9 (926462), doi:10.3389/fmars.2022.926462

Tarling et al. (2022) Can a key boreal Calanus copepod species now complete its life-cycle in the Arctic? Evidence and implications for Arctic food-webs, AMBIO,

Belcher, A., Fielding, S., Gray, A., Biermann, L., Stowasser, Fretwell, P., Ireland, L., Tarling, G. (2021) Experimental determination of reflectance spectra of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) in the Scotia Sea, Antarctic Science, 1-13

Alewijnse, S., Stowasser, G., Saunders, R., Belcher, A., Crimmen, O., Cooper, N., Trueman, C. (2021) Otolith-derived field metabolic rates of myctophids (family Myctophidae) from the Scotia Sea (Southern Ocean). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 675, 113-131

Belcher, A., Cook, K. Bondyale-Juez, D., Stowasser, G., Fielding, S., Saunders, R., Mayor, D., Tarling, G. (2020) Respiration of mesopelagic fish: A comparison of respiratory electron transport system (ETS) measurements and allometrically calculated rates in the Southern Ocean and Benguela Current, ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsaa031

Bohleber et al. (2020) Successful practice in early career networks: insights from the polar sciences, Advances in Geosciences, 53, 1-14

Belcher, A., Cavan, E., Tarling, G. (2020) Why krill swarms are important to the global climate, Frontiers for Young Minds, 8

Mayor, D., Cook, K., Anderson, T., Belcher, A., Jenkins, H., Lindeque, P., Tarling, G., Pond, D. (2020) Marine copepods, the wildebeest of the ocean, Frontiers for Young Minds, 8 (18), DOI: 10.3389/frym.2020.00018





Cavan, E., Belcher, A., et al. (2019) The importance of Antarctic krill in global biogeochemical cycles, Nature Communications, 10 (4742), 10.1038/s41467-019-12668-7

Cavan, E., Belcher, A., Ratnarajah, L., (2019) How Antarctic krill fertilise the oceans and even store carbon – all with their poo, The Conversation, 125362

Belcher, A., S. A. Henson, C. Manno, S. L. Hill, A. Atkinson, S. E. Thorpe. P. Fretwell, L. Ireland, G. A. Tarling. (2019) Krill faecal pellets drive hidden pulses of particulate organic carbon in the marginal ice zone, Nature Communications, 10 (889), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08847-1

Belcher, A., R. A. Saunders, G. A. Tarling. (2019) Respiration rates of mesopelagic fishes (Family Myctophidae) in the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean and their contribution to active carbon flux, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 610, 149-162

Belcher, A., C. Manno, S. A. Thorpe, G. A. Tarling. (2018) Acantharian cysts: high occurrence in the bathypelagic of the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean, Marine Biology, 165: 117

Baker, C. A., Belcher, A., Buzzard, S., Mayers, K., Dayal, A. (2018) Polar science communication: From north to south, Open access government, February 2018

Belcher, A., C. Manno, P. Ward, S. A. Henson, R. Sanders, G. A. Tarling (2017) Copepod faecal pellet transfer though the meso- and bathypelagic layers in the Southern Ocean in spring, Biogeosciences, 14, 1511-1525

Belcher, A., G. A. Tarling, C. Manno, P. Ward, A. Atkinson, S. A. Henson, R. Sanders (2017) The potential role of Antarctic krill faecal pellets in efficient carbon export at the marginal ice zone of the South Orkney Islands in Spring, Polar Biology, DOI: 10.1007/s00300-017-2118-z

Fassbender, A. J. et al. (2017) Perspectives on Chemical Oceanography in a changing environment: Participants of the COME ABOARD Meeting examine the field in the context of 40 years of DISCO, Marine Chemistry, 196, 181-190

Baker, C. A., S. A. Henson, E. Cavan, S. Giering, A. Yool, M. Gehlen, A. Belcher, J. Riley, H.E.K. Smith, R. Sanders (2017) Slow Sinking Particulate Organic Carbon in the Atlantic Ocean: magnitude, flux and potential controls, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 31(7), 1051-1065

Cavan, E., S. A. Henson, A. Belcher, R. Sanders (2017) Role of zooplankton in determining the efficiency of the biological carbon pump, Biogeosciences , 14, 177-186

Belcher, A., M. Iversen, S. Giering, V. Riou, S.A. Henson, L. Berline, L. Guilloux, R. Sanders (2016) Depth-resolved particle-associated microbial respiration in the northeast Atlantic, Biogeosciences, 13 (17), 4927-4943

Belcher, A., M. Iversen, C. Manno, S. A. Henson, G. A. Tarling, R. Sanders (2016) The role of particle associated microbes in remineralisation of faecal pellets in the upper mesopelagic of the Scotia Sea, Antarctica, Limnology and Oceanography, 61 (3), 1049-1064, DOI: 10.1002/lno.10269