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Dr Andy Foggo
School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)
My activities are split between my teaching/admin roles and my research. I lead the MRes in Marine Biology which is delivered in partnership with the Marine Biological Assoociation and currently administer 5 modules related to this course with marking and delivery roles in some of them. I'm also involved in teaching on the newly revalidated Marine Biology undergraduate scheme (2015 onwards), delivering materials related to natural history and taxonomy, biostatistics, and the ecology of biodiversity.
My main research interests are divided into two areas within aquatic ecology. One deals with spatial distributions and macroecology in marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats; indeed we're currently awaiting the start of a large NERC funded project led by my colleague Dr Kerry Howell looking at biodiversity and connectivity in the deep sea. My other interest deals with grazer - alga interactions and in particular the role of induced defences in seaweeds as mediators of trophic interactions in a changing biosphere. I collaborate with Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer here at Plymouth, Dr Pippa Moore at Aberystwyth and Dr Sam Rastrick from Norway in this field. I also have subsidiary interests that stem from application of numerical and statistical techniques to ecological questions, these include studies of diversity patterns in the deep sea (in collaboration with Dr Kerry Howell) and studies of non-native species in coastal habitats such as marinas (in collaboration with Dr John Bishop at the MBA).
Finally, I support research into Parkinson's disease as a patient representative on grant applications and clinical trials management committees.
Associate Professor in Ecology, University of Plymouth (2015 - )
Lecturer in Ecology, University of Plymouth (1996-2015)
Drapers Company Junior Research Fellow, St Anne's College, Oxford (1995-1996)
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford (1993-1994)
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Cambridge (1993)
DPhil, University of Oxford (1992)
Wiener Anspach Research Fellow, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (1989-1990)
BA, University of Oxford (1987)
Staff serving as external examiners
External Validator: School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey at Roehampton.
External Examining: University of Oxford (D.Phil), University of Surrey (PhD), Bangor University (PhD)
Plant and algal interactions with herbivores - applying theories of plant-herbivore interaction developed in the terrestrial realm to marine cases. Especially interested in consequences of environmental change for dynamics of trophic interactions
Marine macroecology - particularly the role of physiology, dispersal and development in determining patterns of distribution and abundance of estuarine and marine organisms.
Spatial pattern in marine and freshwater organisms - determining the distribution of organisms in space and time, how these patterns arise, and what their implications are for population persistance and assemblage dynamics.
Factors affecting the proliferation and spread of non-native species and their ecosystem-level consequences
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
G.M. Prowse. PhD, 2003 (DoS)
M.T. Frost. PhD, 2003 (supervisor)
R. Power. M.Phil. (2004) DoS
L. MacAbendroth PhD 2005 (supervisor)
C.S. Mesher PhD 2009 (DoS)
S.L. deAmicis 2012 (DoS)
N. Biber (current - supervisor)
Grants & contracts
2013: Scaling empirically derived ocean acidification responses to naturally assembled systems. NERC £90,846. Co-I
PI - Rastrick, Co-I's: Solan, Hauton, Mark, Hall-Spencer, Foggo, Whitelely, Steel, Parker & Scott
2013: Influence of population connectivity on depth-dependent diversity of deep-sea marine benthic biota
NERC £1,121,585. Co-I
PI - Howell
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