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Richard Kirby


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Dr Richard Kirby

  • Job title: Marine Institute Research Fellow, Marine Institute (Faculty of Science & Environment)
  • Address: Room 35, Marine Biological Association, Citadel Hill,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PB
  • Postal address: Room 35, Marine Biological Association, Citadel Hill,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PB
  • Telephone: +44 (0)1752 633231
  • Facsimile: +44 (0)1752 633102
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Marine Institute Research Fellow, 2011 onwards, Senior Lecturer University of Plymouth.

Leader of the Secchi Disk project

Royal Society Research Fellow, 2003-2011, Senior Lecturer University of Plymouth.


Qualifications & background

BSc. Zoology, University of Exeter 1986.

PhD Genetics, University College, London 1992.

Broad interest in the application of molecular biology to questions in plankton ecology.


Research interests

Molecular Plankton Ecology.

Prior to becoming a Marine Institute Research Fellow at Plymouth University I was a Royal Society Research Fellow (2003-2011). My training is in molecular biology and my research interests focus on the marine plankton and their ecology, especially with regard to the marine food web.

i) I support science outreach and communication and I have launched science outreach tools under the 'Ocean Drifters' and 'Secchi App' project names. Over 12,000 people of all ages have now visited 'Ocean Drifters' shows at science festivals and fairs, and every secondary school science department in England has an Ocean Drifters DVD. More information about 'Ocean Drifters' can be found at

ii) The 'Sechhi App' and the associated Secchi Disk study was launched in February 2013 and it represents the first global marine citizen science project inviting seafarers to collect data from the sea. The project has captured imaginations and has received worldwide media interest and enthusiastic support from the sailing community.


UoP Research group membership

Marine Biology & Ecology Research Centre (MBERC) 

Other research

The impact of climate change on plankton communities.