I am a natural product chemist and marine ecologist, specialising in the chemical ecology of deep-sea sponges. My research focuses on the role of sponge competition on cold-water coral reefs. Using machine learning and deep-sea video data, I am analysing sponge distributions and exploring long-term patterns in sponge behaviour. I am also investigating the functional role of sponge secondary metabolites, and how they relate to sponge behaviour, through metabolome and microbiome analyses. More specifically, I am using these methods to explore interactions between the deep-sea sponge Mycale lingua and cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. Additionally, I am searching for compounds with pharmaceutical potential within sponge secondary metabolite profiles. I am completing the chemical aspects of my research with the Marine Biodiscovery Centre at the University of Aberdeen.
Prior to starting my PhD, I completed an MSci in Natural Sciences at Durham University. My Master’s research project investigated the stability of the shapeshifting barbaralyl cation, both through synthesis and density functional theory calculations.
- Email: H.P.Clark@sms.ed.ac.uk
- Twitter: @H_Poppy_Clark