Dr Gillian Glegg

Dr Gillian Glegg

Associate Professor in Marine Management

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Dr Glegg is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences working with the group of staff responsible for delivering the undergraduate programmes in Ocean Science and Marine Conservation, Oceanography and Coastal Processes and Ocean Exploration and Surveying alongside MSc programmes in Applied Marine Science, Hydrography and Marine Conservation. 

She is a lecturer in marine environmental management teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her interests focus on the links between science and policy in the management of people's activities and impacts on marine and coastal waters including, for example, regulation and control of marine pollution from point sources such as industrial pipelines and sewage and diffuse pollution from agriculture and urban land; integrated coastal zone management and marine spatial planning. She teaches courses in basic chemistry, marine pollution, marine monitoring and management of the marine and coastal environment including coastal zone management and marine planning at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

She is a member of MarCoPol - the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Reseach within the Marine Institute at the University. She has been involved in a number of research projects including CAMIS, VALMER PEGASEAS and ResponSEAble. More information about these projects can be found through the MarCoPol website. 

Dr Glegg is on the Faculty Research Ethics Committee. She is also the Secretary for the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA).



 BSc (Hons) Chemistry (2.i) Department of Chemistry University of Edinburgh

 PhD Marine Chemistry entitled “Estuarine chemical reactivity at the particle water interface” Institute of Marine Studies, Plymouth Polytechnic

Professional membership

Member of International Water Association, Institute of Teaching and Learning and Secretary to the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association. Recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship to study pollution management and control in Portugal, the Netherlands and the United States.



Teaching interests

Module leader for the following;

OS301 Ocean Science Dissertation module

OS309 Marine Pollution and Environmental Change

In addition Dr Glegg teaches on a range of modules across marine science including stage 1 chemistry for marine and environmental students, stage 2 marine chemistry, stage 2 water quality and marine pollution, the third year residential field trip to the Scilly Isles and acts as advisor to undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations.



Research interests

The following projects, listed in reverse chronological order, demonstrate the range of research undertaken;

RESPONSEABLE Horizon 2020 project on ocean literacy. Developing targeted communication materials to raiseawareness of our individual and collective responsibility andinterest in ensuring the sustainability of the ocean and of its ecosystems.2015-2019. With Dr S Fletcher.

 Darwin Plus project – StHelena. Sustainable development andmanagement of St Helena’s fisheries and marine tourism. Research and trainingon ecosystem services and their role in future marine planning. 2015-2017. WithDr S Fletcher and Dr L Rodwell.

 PEGASEAS INTERREG IVa fundedcapitalisation project on Promoting Effective Governanceof the Channel Ecosystem. A consortium of 11 partners including localauthority, research institutes and Universities led by the Plymouth University(£1.2 million; 2013-2014). Joint PI. 

VALMER - Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services in the Western Channel Region,  an INTERREG funded project, led by Plymouth University to develop and implement a framework for incoporating ecosystem service valuation into management of the Channel area. Joint project leader with Dr Steve Fletcher. (2012-2015)

CAMIS - Channel Arc Manche Integrated Strategy, an INTERREG project funded thought Devon County Council in which she is responsible with Rebecca Jefferson for developing a Strategy for improved management of the Channel waters and development and running the Cross Channel Forum. (2009-2013)

SPICOSA - Science and Policy Integration for Coastal Systems Assessment, a Sixth Framework EU project on Global Change and Ecosystems working with Prof L Mee and Dr Chris Lowe. (www.spicosa.eu) (2008-2012)

Clean Waters Initiative - £15,000 received for a project entitled "Barriers to green buying" considering the problem of household products which are widely available and yet contain hazardous chemicals which raise concerns in coastal waters. In collaboration with Dr J Richards (UoP) and Surfers Against Sewage. (2004)

Seale Hayne Educational Trust - £1,900 received for a project entitled "Impact of nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) designation on farming practice and water quality in the EU; a preliminary study". In collaboration with Dr J Richards and Dr R Parkinson (UoP). (2003/4) Subsequently followed by £1,200 for a project entitled " Modelling future land use change scenarios for energy crops and their impact on diffuse nutrient pollution". (2006/7) 

ELOISE - A project to assist in the dissemination of the results from the European Land Ocean Interaction Studies to the community involved in the planning and management of our use of the coastal zones of Europe and our near neighbours. (2003/4) In collaboration with Norwegian Institute for Air Research, University of East Anglia, Nederlands Instituut voor Oecologuisch Onderzoek and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (total approx EUR 400,000).

Leverhulme Trust - £135,000 received for development of decision support tool to identify and quantify diffuse sources of pollution and test in Central America, New Zealand and Eastern Europe. In collaboration with Dr P Haygarth, Institute of Grassland Environment Research, Dr K MacLeod, IGER and Dr Jocelyn Dela-Cruz (UoP). (2003/4)

Global International Waters Assessment - responsible for the development of a web based approach to identification and quantification of point sources of pollution. (2000/2)

Regional Academic Programmes - funded by the British Council to work with Murmansk State Technical University to develop a new course on environmental protection for nautical cadets. (1999/03)

Atlantic Living Coastlines project - member of the steering group and chair of the working group concerned with environmental indicators for this EU demonstration project on Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

Implementation of government policy: the case of marine pollution - a study funded by the Natural Environment Research Council - undertaken as a PhD by Dr J Richards.

The use of biomarkers for the ecotoxicological assessment of complex effluents - a University funded PhD study undertaken as a PhD by Dr K Astley.


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Freidrich, Laura. The potential of ecosystem services as an approach for marine stakeholder engagement. PhD awarded 2017. 

Hussein, Khwam R. Source tracking of faecal indicator bacteria of human pathogens in bathing waters: an evaluation and development. PhD awarded 2014.

Peckett, Francis. Spatial decision support tools to support marine planning, PhD awarded 2015.

Marshall, Charlotte. Species distribution modelling to support marine conservation planning. PhD awarded 2012. 

Popoola, Olusola. Sea level rise and sustainability of the Nigerian coastal zone. PhD awarded 2012.

Kelly, Claire L. Partnerships in the development and management of marine nature-based tourism. PhD awarded 2009.

Hughes Dit Ciles, Emily. Sustainable development in marine recreation. PhD awarded 2009.

Maier, Gerald. Investigating the effectiveness of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones Action Programme measures in estuaries. PhD awarded 2009.

Gallagher, Anthony. Sustainability Systems Appraisal for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Southampton Solent and Nottingham Trent University. PhD awarded 2006.

Abbott, Victor J. A regional coastal zone management system. PhD awarded 2000.

Richards, Jonathan P. Implementation of government policy: the case of marine pollution. PhD awarded 2001.

Astley, Katrina A. The ecotoxicological assessment of complex effluents using invertebrate biomarkers. PhD awarded 1998.

Grants & contracts

See research interests section



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Glegg GA, Barratt C, Taylor A, Gulson E & Millward GE (2020) 'Potential hazards of metal-contaminated soils in an estuarine impoundment' Journal of Soils and Sediments: protection, risk assessment and remediation 21, (1) 530-544 , DOI Open access
Friedrich LA, Glegg G, Fletcher S, Dodds W, Philippe M & Bailly D (2020) 'Using ecosystem service assessments to support participatory marine spatial planning' Ocean & Coastal Management 188, 105121-105121 , DOI Open access
Ashley M, Pahl S, Glegg G & Fletcher S (2019) 'A Change of Mind: Applying Social and Behavioral Research Methods to the Assessment of the Effectiveness of Ocean Literacy Initiatives' Frontiers in Marine Science 6, , DOI Open access
Siddons BL, Glegg G & McQuatters-Gollop A (2018) 'Inter-regional coherence: Can Northeast Atlantic pelagic habitat indicators be applied to the Arctic?' Marine Policy 96, 53-64 , DOI Open access
Carpenter A, Shellock R, von Haartman R, Fletcher S & Glegg G (2018) 'Public perceptions of management priorities for the English Channel region' Marine Policy , DOI Open access
Glegg G, Jefferson R & Fletcher S (2015) 'Marine governance in the English Channel (La Manche): Linking science and management' Mar Pollut Bull 95, (2) 707-718 Author Site , DOI Open access
Evariste E, Claquin P, Robin J-P, Auber A, McQuatters-Gollop A, Fletcher S, Glegg G & Dauvin J-C (2015) 'What did we learn from PEGASEAS forum “Science and Governance of the Channel Marine Ecosystem”?' Marine Pollution Bulletin 93, (1-2) 1-4 , DOI Open access
Turner A & Glegg G (2014) 'TBT-based antifouling paints remain on sale' Marine Pollution Bulletin 88, (1-2) 398-400 , DOI
Fletcher S, Jefferson RL, Glegg G, Rodwell L & Dodds W (2014) 'England’s evolving marine and coastal governance framework' Marine Policy
Friedrich LA, Jefferson R & Glegg G (2014) 'Public perceptions of sharks: Gathering support for shark conservation' MARINE POLICY 47, 1-7 , DOI Open access
Rodwell LD, Fletcher S, Glegg GA, Campbell M, Rees SE, Ashley M, Linley EA, Frost M, Earll B & Wynn RB (2014) 'Marine and coastal policy in the UK: Challenges and opportunities in a new era' MARINE POLICY 45, 251-258 , DOI Open access
Marshall CE, Glegg GA & Howell KL (2014) 'Species distribution modelling to support marine conservation planning: The next steps' MARINE POLICY 45, 330-332 , DOI
Glegg G (2014) 'Training for marine planners: Present and future needs' MARINE POLICY 43, 13-20 Author Site , DOI
Peckett FJ, Glegg GA & Rodwell LD (2014) 'Assessing the quality of data required to identify effective marine protected areas' Marine Policy 45, 333-341 , DOI
Rees S, Fletcher S, Glegg G, Marshall C, Rodwell L, Jefferson R, Campbell M, Langmead O, Ashley M & Bloomfield H (2013) 'Priority questions to shape the marine and coastal policy research agenda in the United Kingdom' MARINE POLICY 38, 531-537 , DOI
Maier G, Glegg GA, Tappin AD & Worsfold PJ (2012) 'A high resolution temporal study of phytoplankton bloom dynamics in the eutrophic Taw Estuary (SW England)' Sci Total Environ 434, 228-239 Author Site , DOI
Kelly C, Essex S & Glegg G (2012) 'Reflective practice for marine planning: A case study of marine nature-based tourism partnerships' Marine Policy 36, (3) 769-781 Open access
Kelly C, Glegg G & Essex S (2012) 'Reflexive practice for marine planning: A case study of marine nature based tourism partnerships' Marine Policy 36,
Hopkins TS, Bailly D, Elmgren R, Glegg G, Sandberg A & Stottrup JG (2012) 'A systems approach framework for the transition to sustainable development: potential value based on coastal experiments' Ecology and Society 17, (3) , DOI
Takahashi CK, Turner A, Millward GE & Glegg GA (2012) 'Persistence and metallic composition of paint particles in sediments from a tidal inlet' Mar Pollut Bull 64, (1) 133-137 Author Site , DOI
Turner A, Cabon A, Glegg G & Fisher AS (2010) 'Sediment–water interactions of thallium under simulated estuarine conditions' Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, , DOI
Maier G, Glegg GA, Tappin AD & Worsfold PJ (2009) 'The use of monitoring data for identifying factors influencing phytoplankton bloom dynamics in the eutrophic Taw Estuary, SW England' Mar Pollut Bull 58, (7) 1007-1015 Author Site , DOI
Rodrigues SM, Glegg GA, Pereira ME & Duarte AC (2009) 'Pollution problems in the northeast Atlantic: lessons learned for emerging pollutants such as the platinum group elements' Ambio 38, (1) 17-23 Author Site , DOI
Maier G, Nimmo Smith RJ, Glegg G, Tappin AD & Worsfold PJ (2009) 'Estuarine Eutrophication in the UK : Current Incidence and future trends' Aquatic Conservation ; Marine Freshwater Ecosystems 19, (1) 43-56 , DOI
Parkinson RJ (2007) 'Evaluating the Implementation of the Nitrates Directive in Denmark and England using an Actor-Oriented Approach Environmental Science & Policy' European Environment 17 (2), 124-144 , DOI
Glegg GA & Richards JP (2007) 'Chemicals in household products: Problems with solutions' Environmental Management 40, (6) 889-901
Turner A, Glegg G & Fitzer S (2007) 'Impacts of boat paint chips on the distribution and availability of copper in an English Ria' Environmental Pollution 151, 176-181
Cresswell T, Richards JP, Glegg GA & Readman JW (2006) 'The impact of legislation on the usage and environmental concentrations of Irgarol 1051 in UK coastal waters' Marine Pollution Bulletin 52, (10) 1169-1175
Gallagher A, Johnson D, Glegg G & Trier C (2004) 'Constructs of sustainability in coastal management' Marine Policy 28, (3) 249-255
Richards JP, Glegg GA & Cullinane S (2004) 'Implementing Chemicals Policy: Leaders or Laggards?' Business Strategy and the Environment 13, 388-402
Kelly C, Glegg GA & Speedie CD (2004) 'Management of marine wildlife disturbance' OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT 47, (1-2) 1-19 , DOI Open access
Richards JP, Glegg GA, Cullinane S & Wallace HE (2002) 'Policy, principle, and practice in industrial pollution control: Views from the regulatory interface' Environmental Management 29, (2) 182-194
Richards JP, Glegg GA & Cullinane S (2000) 'Environmental regulation: Industry and the marine environment' Journal of Environmental Management 58, (2) 119-134 , DOI
Glegg GA, Hickman L & Rowland SJ (1999) 'Contamination of limpets (<i>Patella vulgata</i>) following the <i>Sea Empress</i> oil spill' MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN 38, (2) 119-125 , DOI
Glegg G & Rowland SJ (1996) 'The Braer oil spill - hydrocarbon concentrations in intertidal organisms' marine pollution bulletin
Glegg GA & Rowland SJ (1996) 'The Braer oil spill - Hydrocarbon concentrations in intertidal organisms' MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN 32, (6) 486-492 , DOI
Millward GE, Glegg GA & Morris AW (1992) 'Zn and Cu removal kinetics in estuarine waters' Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 35, (1) 37-54 , DOI
Glegg GA & Horsman PV (1991) 'An environmentalist's view of the use of sewage sludge'
Glegg GA, Titley JG, Millward GE, Glasson DR & Morris AW (1988) 'Sorption Behaviour of Waste-Generated Trace Metals in Estuarine Waters' Water Science and Technology 20, (6-7) 113-121 , DOI
Titley JG, Glegg GA, Glasson DR & Millward GE (1987) 'Surface areas and porosities of particulate matter in turbid estuaries' Continental Shelf Research 7, (11-12) 1363-1366 , DOI
Jones GE & Glegg GE (2004) Effective use of geophysical sensors for marine environmental assessment and habitat mapping.
Plater AJ, Rice JC, Glegg G, Hansson S, Koutrakis M, Mangi S, Marasovic I, Marshall CE, Oguz T & Norman T (2012) 'Review of existing international approaches to fisheries management: The role of science in underpinning the ecosystem approach and marine spatial planning' in Kidd S; Plater A; Frid C The Ecosystem Approach to Marine Planning and Management Routledge 131-204
Plater AJ, Rice JC, Glegg G, Hansson S, Koutrakis M, Mangi S, Marasovic I, Marshall CE, Norman T & Oguz T (2011) 'Review of existing international approaches to fisheries management: The role of science in underpinning the ecosystem approach and marine spatial planning' in Kidd S; Plater A; Frid C The Ecosystem Approach to Marine Planning and Management Routledge
Glegg G, Angel M, Lewis G, Mann M, McGlashan D, Pullen S & Richards J (2001) 'Integrating science and environmental legislation' in Ducrotoy J; Shastri S; Barry M The marine environment: science and law 195-205
Mayer S & Glegg G (1998) 'The Risk Assessment / Risk Management Boundary Myth Making and Its Implications in the United Kingdom' The Politics of Chemical Risk: Scenarios for a Regulatory Future Springer Netherlands 13-26 , DOI
Conference Papers
Hussein KR, Bradley G & Glegg G (2012) 'An Evaluation of Bacterial Source Tracking of Faecal Bathing Water Pollution in the Kingsbridge Estuary, UK' Royal Society of Chemistry 114-122 , DOI
Macleod C, Dela-Cruz J, Haygarth P, Glegg G, Scholefield D & Mee L (2004) 'Development of a decision support tool for global diffuse nitrogen pollution assessment' 81-82
Harper NJ, Glegg G & Chudley J (2002) 'Environmental policy - Implications for marine renewables' 27-31
Astley KN, Meigh HC, Glegg GA, Braven J & Depledge MH (1999) 'Multi-variate analysis of biomarker responses in Mytilus edulis and Carcinus maenas from the Tees Estuary (UK)' 145-154 , DOI
Millward GE & Glegg GA (1997) 'Fluxes and retention of trace metals in the Humber Estuary' Elsevier BV 97-105 , DOI
MILLWARD G, TURNER A, GLASSON D & GLEGG G (1990) 'Intra- and inter-estuarine variability of particle microstructure' Elsevier BV 289-300 , DOI
Other Publications
Lewin S Yealm Mapper data for QGIS. Open access