Marine geoscience research at the University of Plymouth engages with key aspects of how our oceans interact with the wider earth system and is undertaken by our Centre for Research in Earth Sciences.
Past Climates and Ecosystems
Our researchers in this area use the marine fossil record (particularly foraminifera and heteropods) to understand how the earth’s climate has changed in the past and how ocean chemistry and ecosystems have responded to this change.
This can help us predict how the oceans might react to future predicted climate change and ocean acidification.
Formation and evolution of the ocean crust
The formation of new ocean crust at mid-ocean ridges is a fundamental component of the plate tectonic cycle and exhibits strong influences on the broader Earth system.
Researchers at the University of Plymouth regularly participate in International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP) expeditions that retrieve cores from the seafloor that allow scientific questions regarding the formation and evolution of ocean crust to be addressed.
Underwater earthquakes and landslides can lead to tsunamis and so understanding how these geological phenomena interact with the oceans is important for predicting these hazards.
This research is a collaboration between researchers in our COAST lab and geoscientists.
Professor Mark Anderson
Professor of Geology
Dr Uwe Balthasar
Lecturer in Palaeontology
Dr Sarah Boulton
Associate Professor in Active Neotectonics
Dr Meriel FitzPatrick
Lecturer in Earth Sciences (Education)
Dr Stephen Grimes
Associate Head of School - Education and Student Experience
Dr Michelle Harris
Lecturer in Earth Sciences
Professor Tony Morris
Professor Malcolm Hart
Dr Martin Stokes
Associate Professor in Geological Sciences
Professor Gregory Price
Professor of Earth Sciences
Dr Christopher Smart
Associate Professor (Reader) in Palaeontology
Professor Iain Stewart
Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute
Dr Matthew Watkinson
Associate Professor in Energy Geoscience
For more information about the full range of geoscience research at the University of Plymouth please see the Centre for Research in Earth Sciences webpages.
Courses informed by this research