Associate Professor in Marine Biology
Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK
My research interests lie in understanding how marine invertebrates adapt and survive in a changing and increasingly polluted marine environment, and the potential impacts of environmental change on their physiology and reproduction. My current research focuses on 2 main areas; 1) biological impacts of microplastics on marine invertebrates 2) the interactions between chronic pollution and ocean acidification on fitness and function in adult and larval marine invertebrates. In 2010 and 2011 I was part of the Catlin Arctic Survey expedition to study ocean acidification in the high Arctic. I have also led research expeditions to determine the extent of marine microplastic pollution in a number of remote locations including the Galapagos and the Azores.
In addition to my research I’m very active in public and educational outreach, teaming up with an educational charity to get my research findings fed into UK and international schools. I was short-listed for a 2014 WISE award for this outreach work which has reached >3.5 million children worldwide. I regularly contribute to policy consultations, was a witness at the 2017 Commons Select Committee enquiry on ocean acidification and regulalrly advise the BBC on marine or plastics focussed porgrammes.