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Our research seeks to understand the fundamental relationships between organisms and their environment, from the sub-organism to community scale. This is particularly pertinent given the unprecedented rate of global environmental change currently underway. We employ a range of field and laboratory techniques to establish ecological-biogeochemical relationships and identify drivers of change, within the context of historic and present-day natural variability and future environmental conditions.

To this end, we target the dynamic and complex ecosystems found in the coastal zone such as coral reefs, coralline algal beds and kelp forests, providing a unique insight into ecosystem structure and function. These ecosystems are also economically valuable (e.g. supporting tourism and fishing) and we strengthen the impact of our research through multidisciplinary collaborations with other scientists, stakeholders, practitioners and managers, as well as engagement with policy makers and the general public. For more information, please visit my website.

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Key Research Words/Phrases

photophysiology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem function, multiple stressors, global change biology, ecophysiology

Research Group Contact Details


  • Research Fellow, Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, 2016-
  • 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 Devlopment 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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

University of St. Andrews

1 Oct 2015 → …


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