Aerial view of blue lake with a fishing boat and green forests with rocks in Finland. Getty
This regular seminar series brings leading scientists to Plymouth to share their research with students, researchers and academic staff from the School of Marine and Biological Sciences. 
We welcome an exciting programme of speakers on topics reflecting the diversity of research interest in the school, ranging from the molecular biology to broad-scale physical processes in both terrestrial and marine environments.
If you want to know anything more about our seminar series, please contact the organisers Dr Oliver Tills, Dr Bruno F. Simões or Dr Thomas Davies.

Schedule 2022/2023

Seminars are available for all University of Plymouth students and staff to attend.
Semester 1
07/10/22, 11–12, RLB Levinsky Hall – Professor William Froneman, Rhodes University, South Africa – From local to global: insights into global change from South Africa’s marine realm
21/10/22, 11–12, RLB Levinsky Hall – Dr Chris Blenkinsopp, University of Bath – Dynamic Cobble Berm Revetments for Coastal Protection on High-Energy Coastlines
04/11/22, 11–12, RLB Levinsky Hall – Dr Gustavo Chiaramonte, Director of the Hydrobiological Station of Puerto Quequen, Argentina – Rise, decline and extinction of Argentina's only targeted commercial shark fishery
02/12/22, 11–12, RLB Levinsky Hall – Dr Simon Webster, University of Bangor – TBC
16/12/22, 11–12, RLB Levinsky Hall – Dr Jorg Hardege, University of Nottingham – TBC
Semester 2
03/02/23, 11–12, SHC Lower – TBC
17/02/23, 11–12, SHC Lower – TBC
03/03/23, 11–12, SHC Lower – TBC
17/03/23, 11–12, SHC Lower – TBC
31/03/23, 11–12, SHC Lower – TBC
05/05/23, 11–12, SHC Lower – TBC
02/06/23, 11–12, SHC Lower – TBC

From local to global: insights into global change from South Africa’s marine realm.

Professor William Froneman, Rhodes University, South Africa. 
The waters off the coast of South Africa support a globally significant biodiverse marine community (estimated ca. 13000 species) of which close to 30% are considered endemic. This high biodiversity also supports a large ocean economy where the marine fisheries sector is one of our most important income sectors. Located at the transition between the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific biomes, South Africa’s waters support thirteen ecozones where biodiversity is under increasing threat from a range of anthropogenic activities, the intensity and variety of which have increased significantly over the past five decades. Within the coastal zone, threats include the overexploitation of renewable marine resources, the introduction of non-native marine species, climate change, habitat modification, and pollution. This presentation will highlight some of our current research focused on understanding the response of coastal marine ecosystems, including rocky shore communities and estuaries, to global change. 

Previous seminars