Principal Investigator

Dr Pippa Moore

BlackBoard_picI am a marine community ecologist, whose research interests lie in understanding the impacts of climate change and other human stressors on the diversity and functioning of rocky reefs and seagrass meadows. I am also interested in making space for nature in marine engineering by the incorporation of novel material design and low-cost interventions to promote biodiversity. If you are interested in these areas and would like to pursue a MRes, PhD or post-doc please get in touch to discuss funding options.

Current Postgraduate Students

Nathan King

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Nathan is undertaking a PhD studying the effects of ocean warming and acidification on the physiology of the kelp. He is taking a multi-faceted approach to his research using a combination of ecological surveys, physiological experiments and molecular approaches. Nathan is particularly interested in thermal divergence in populations in response to warming.


Mathilde Bue

MathildeMathilde’s PhD focuses on determining the trophic links and flow of energy within kelp forest (Laminaria hyperborea) communities. Mathilde is using a range of techniques including stomach contents analysis, baited remote underwater video, fatty acid markers and stable isotope approaches to try and disentangle the complex trophic links within kelp forests.

Pippa Lewis

Pippa’s PhD focuses on the potential for intertidal fucoids to be important blue carbon donor habitats and therefore play a role in carbon sequestration. Her research will determine the standing stock of intertidal algae, algal productivity and loss and track detrital matter into donor habitats using carbon tracing and detrital traps. Pippa’s research will focus on Welsh coastlines and will involve close collaboration with her industry partner, Environment Systems Ltd (, who specialise in remote sensing and ecosystem services.  Pippa is also interested in the ability to reseed these fucoid species to artificial and natural habitats, and the additional ecosystem services these habitats provide.

Sunny Bradbury

Sunny is curreSunny_Bradburyntly undertaking a Masters by Research, looking to identify patterns of genetic structuring in the kelp Alaria esculenta. He is studying populations throughout the U.K. including those at the edge of their range in the English Channel. Using microsatellite markers he hopes to determine whether trailing edge populations harbour elevated genetic diversity compared to range centre populations at higher latitudes and what this may mean in the face of future climate warming.

Harry Dennis


Harry worked as a research assistant in the lab (2015) assisting on a variety of projects. He then went on to travel in SE Asia and New Zealand working in areas related to ecological engineering. I am currently co-supervising Harry who is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at Plymouth University where he is trailing our novel reefcrete tiles in a tropical environment.


Dr Ally Evans


Ally did her PhD research on the use of artificial coastal defence structures as surrogate habitats for natural rocky shores. Her research won several national awards including Most Innovative Design for her rockpool habitat intervention. Ally is currently post-docing for Prof Steve  Hawkins, but we hope to poach her back shortly to continue her research in this area.

Dr Ben Harvey


Ben’s PhD research focused on determining the combined effects of ocean acidification and warming hon the physiology and ecology of shallow-water marine organisms, and the processes that structure marine ecosystems. Since completing his PhD Ben did some lecturing at Aberystwyth University and is now writing papers before heading out to start a post-doc in Japan.


Sean Kelly & Lauren McMillan (MRes Biosciences, 2015/2016)

Florian de Bettignies (MSc Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Universite Oierre et Marie  Curie, 2014)

Andrew Mathews (MSc Managing the Environment, 2013)

Joe Lewis (MSc Managing the Environment, 2011)

Lisa Hopkinson (MSc Managing the Environment, 2011)