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Research interests

We are based at the Lyell Centre for Earth & Marine Science & Technology, Edinburgh, UK. Our research seeks to understand the fundamental processes underlying photosynthesis in the coastal marine environment, and applying this knowledge to coastal ecosystem conservation and addressing sustainability grand challenges for the local rural and indigenous communities. Working across different habitats including coralline algal bedsmangrove forests and coral reefs, we have a particular focus on photosynthetic strategies under extreme light environments. We strengthen the impact of our research through multidisciplinary collaborations with other scientists, stakeholders, policymakers and managers, as well as leading a strong public engagement program.

Key Research Words/Phrases

photosynthesis, photophysiology, sustainability, ecosystem function, climate change, public engagement, science communication

Research Group Contact Details


  • Associate Professor, Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, 2021-
  • Assistant Professor, Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, 2020-21
  • Research Fellow, Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, 2016-2020
  • Associate Editor, Nature Microbiology, 2015-16
  • MASTS Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, 2013-15
  • Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, 2013
  • PhD Marine Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow, 2009-13
  • MSc Applied Marine Science (Distinction), University of Plymouth, 2007-08
  • BSc (Hons) Ocean Science (First Class), University of Plymouth, 2004-07

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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