Bernabé Moreno Leveroni

PhD student & Scientific Diver

Department of Marine Ecology
Institute of Oceanology
Polish Academy of Sciences
Sopot, Poland



Research interests

Peruvian marine biologist, scientific diver, and underwater cameraman currently working with Arctic Antarctic, and Southeastern Pacific macrobenthic assemblages. I am focused on benthic ecology particularly in ecosystems highly vulnerable to climate change such as polar benthos, islands, and high-altitude lakes. Interested in the utilisation of underwater imagery to gather valuable information in sublittoral ecosystems by means of the least invasive approach.

  • 2021 – present: PhD student. Subject: Marine polar benthic ecology – “Marine biocoenosis succession on hard substrata in the rapidly changing environment of Arctic coastal shallows” (Supervisors: Prof. Piotr Kukliński, Dr. David K.A. Barnes, Prof. Lee Hsiang Liow)
  • 2019-2020: MSc. Climate Change: Managing the Marine Environment; Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK. Thesis: “The multidimensional nature of growth in cheilostomatous bryozoans: Where to look in changing oceans” (Supervisor: Dr. Joanne S. Porter)
  • 2009-2013: BSc. Marine Biology; Universidad Científica del Sur, Lima, Peru. Undergraduate thesis: “Classification and spatial distribution of the macrozoobenthos at the Mackellar inlet, King George Island, Antarctica: contrasting two approaches of ecological analysis” (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar O. Pacherres)
  • Szeligowska M, Moreno B (Preprint) Polar biocenosis cumulative response to environmental stressors reveals who benefits from marine ice loss. Authorea,
  • Moreno B, Szeligowska M (Accepted). Browning and blueing–what is the fate in polar regions? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment–Frontiers EcoPics.
  • Sands CJ, Zwerschke N, Bax N, Barnes DKA, Moreau C, Downey R, Moreno B, Held C, Paulsen M (2023) The growing potential of Antarctic blue carbon. Oceanography, 36 (Supplement 1);
  • Thorne DCS, Moreno B, Indacochea AG (2022). Growth form classification for sessile suspension feeders and their distribution in Antarctic fjord, King George Island. Polish Polar Research, 43(3): 267-289;
  • Polo C, Moreno B, Arroyo Y, Cóndor-Luján B (2022) On some cryptic sponges associated with Lessonia trabeculata holdfasts in the South-eastern Pacific. Marine Biology Research;
  • Moreno B (2022) Our prevailing fossil dependency and the need for nature-based solutions: remarks on recent South Sustainability publications. South Sustainability, 3(2);
  • Moreno B, Cevallos B, Gómez Sánchez R, Torrejón-Zegarra R, Aller-Rojas O (2021) A detailed underwater and on-board workflow for marine ecological research, using a subtidal kelp forest study. South Sustainability, 2(2):
  • Moreno B (2020) Keeping track of scientific dives in countries with incipient diving programmes: the SciDive record forms. Polish Hyperbaric Research, 3(72): 29-38;
  • Barnes DKA, Sands CJ, Paulsen ML, Moreno B, Moreau C, Held C, Downey R, Bax N, Stark J, Zwerschke N. (2021) Societal importance of Antarctic negative feedbacks on climate change; blue carbon gains from sea ice, ice shelf and glacier losses. The Science of Nature, 108(43);
  • Moreno B (2021) Climate emergency and the acute urgency of revisiting Humboldt’s holistic approach. South Sustainability,1(2): e021;
  • Bax N, Sands CJ, Gogarty B, Downey RV, Moreau CVE, Moreno B, Held C, Paulsen ML, McGee J, Haward M, Barnes DKA. (2020) Perspective: Increasing Blue Carbon around Antarctica is an ecosystem service of considerable societal and economic value worth protecting. Global Change Biology, 27(1);
  • Aller-Rojas O, Moreno B, Aponte H, Zavala J. (2020) Carbon storage estimation of Lessonia trabeculata kelp beds in Southern Peru: an analysis from the San Juan de Marcona region. Carbon Management, 11(5):1–8;
  • Moreno B. (2020) A simple in situ labelling approach and adequate tools for photo and video quadrats used in underwater ecological studies. Underwater Technology, 37(1): 29–33.
  • Gogarty B, McGee J, Barnes DKA, Sands CJ, Bax N, Haward M, Downey RV, Moreau CVE, Moreno B, Held C, Paulsen ML. (2020) Protecting Antarctic blue carbon: as marine ice retreats can the law fill the gap? Climate Policy, 20(2):149–162;
  • Waller CL, Griffiths HJ, Waluda CM, Thorpe SE, Loaiza I, Moreno B, Pacherres CO, Ryan P, Suaria G, Isobe A, Hughes KA. Microplastics in the Southern Ocean. Antarctic Environments Portal.
  • Moreno B, Gonzalez-Pestana A. (2017) Southernmost record of the Giant Manta Ray Mobula birostris (Walbaum, 1792) in the Eastern Pacific. Marine Biodiversity Records, 10:27.
  • Waller CL, Griffiths HJ, Waluda CM, Thorpe SE, Loaiza I, Moreno B, Pacherres CO, Hughes KA (2017) Microplastics in the Antarctic marine system: An emerging area of research. Science of The Total Environment, 598:220-227.

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