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 Post-docs

Dr Ally Evans


After completing her PhD with us in 2016, Ally has recently returned to the lab as a postdoc working on the European-funded Ecostructure Project ( She is investigating ways of enhancing biodiversity on artificial structures in the marine environment. Having previously worked in marine conservation management, Ally is very much an applied ecologist, working at the interface between science, policy and practice. Through her research, she aims to develop a catalogue of biodiversity enhancements that can be built into marine developments and then to drive their implementation in the planning system

Current Postgraduate Students

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.

Adrian Macarie

Adrian is currently 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.

Jacob Bestwick & Brandon Fazel

Jacob and Brandon are currently undertaking a Masters by Research and are investigating the influence of spatial variation and algal functional group composition on the structure of under-story algal faunal communities.


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. Ben is currently undertaking a post-doc in Japan.

Dr Nathan King

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Nathan’s PhD focused  thermal divergence in kelp populations in response to warming. He took a multifaceted approach to his research employing macroecological and population genetic studies alongside mesocosm experiments investigating the molecular and physiological basis of species thermal tolerance. Since completing his PhD Nathan has  taken a post-doc at Bangor University

Sunny Bradbury (MRes Biosciences, 2017) – now doing a PhD at the University of the Highlands and Islands

Harry Dennis (MRes Applied Marine Science, 2017 Plymouth University)

Sean Kelly & Lauren McMillan (MRes Biosciences, 2016)

Florian de Bettignies (MSc Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Universite Oierre et Marie  Curie, 2014) – now doing a PhD in France

Andrew Mathews (MSc Managing the Environment, 2013)

Joe Lewis (MSc Managing the Environment, 2011)

Lisa Hopkinson (MSc Managing the Environment, 2011)