Ecology and Marine Biology - About

We are a small but diverse research group carrying out internationally-renowned research on land and in the sea. We aim to understand how terrestrial and marine ecosystems are structured, how they function and how to manage them. 

  • We cover a wide range of systems, from marine sediments, coral reefs, and coastal zones to upland moorlands, savannas and tropical rain forests. 
  • Our research focuses on marine and terrestrial invertebrates, birds, and plants (particularly moorland).
  • Much of our research straddles theory and practical application.

We are often consulted by Government agencies, policy-makers and industry, especially on issues relating to ecosystem management and how ecosystems change over time.

Our principal research areas are:

  • Temporal and spatial dynamics in ecosystems
  • Understanding the functional contribution of biodiversity to ecosystems
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Seabird ecology, physiology and behaviour
  • Modelling compositional change in coral reefs
  • Fire ecology and management in moorlands and savannas
  • Impact and control of invasive species
  • Restoration ecology
  • Measurement of long-term ecological impacts 

We welcome researchers to our group at all levels: as postgraduate students at both Master’s (MSc and MRes) and PhD level, as visiting postdoctoral scientists and as independent Fellows.