Media coverage – April 2017

Balancing acid levels in the River Dart

A joint study between The West Country Rivers Trust and University of Plymouth is aiming to balance acid levels in the River Dart. Dr Sean Comber will be adding limestone in certain places and monitoring its effect on the ecology.

See pictures and more on ITV News

</p><p>From left: Dr Richard
Sandford (Lecturer in Environmental Science – University of Plymouth), Professor Sean
Comber (Associate Professor in Environmental Science - University of Plymouth)
and Dr Bruce Stockley (Head of Fisheries and River Management at the
Westcountry Rivers Trust)</p><p></p>
<p>Pink sea fan woolly jumper</p>

Plastic pollution threatens rare sea fans

Dr Emma Sheehan, from the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, warns that more needs to be done to prevent plastic from entering the marine environment after her study found hundreds of Pink Sea Fans washed up on beaches, entangled in rubbish.

Read about Dr Sheehan's research in 'The Times'

Fundraising – more than making money

Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang, director and research director (respectively) at the University’s Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, explain what makes 'great fundraising'.

Read the article in ‘American News Report’
<p>Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang</p>
Amanda Denton

Election predictions

Dr David Brockington, Lecturer in Social Science Methods, has featured in a variety of regional media outlets including BBC Radio Cornwall, Radio Plymouth, Pirate FM and 'The Herald' with his perspective on the general election taking place on 8 June.

Read Dr Brockington's predictions in full in ‘The Herald’
<p>David Brockington</p>
Dr Nick Higgs

The science behind ‘horrifying’ deep sea creatures

Dr Nick Higgs, Deputy Director of the Marine Institute, features on design, technology and science fiction website Gizmodo discussing some of the most sinister looking creatures in the sea, including the gulper eel, giant isopod and vampire squid.

Gizmodo article and pictures
<p>A new nanocoating developed at the University of Plymouth has potential for greater protection for dental implants</p>

Dental implant success

A research team from the School of Biological Sciences, Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Engineering has created a new method to protect dental implants from the most common form of failure.

Read more about the study in 'Dentistry'