Dr Richard Kirby
Marine Institute Research Fellow, 2011 onwards, Senior Lecturer University of Plymouth.
Leader of the Secchi Disk project www.sechidisk.org
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 evolutionary ecology.
Author of the popular book: Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves. ISBN 1904239102
Molecular Plankton Ecology.
Two main areas of research interest.
i) In collaboration with the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, Plymouth. The study of the plankton over meaningful spatial scales using molecular genetic methods to understand their biodiversity and ecology.
ii) In collaboration with A.S. Clare (University of Newcastle). The molecular characterisation of barnacle settlement cues and their role in the evolution of barnacles and their gregarious behaviour.
UoP Research group membershipMarine Biology & Ecology Research Centre (MBERC)
The impact of climate change on plankton communities.