Mr Jonathan Coe

Mr Jonathan Coe


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


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Within my role as Marine Science Technician I perform many and varied duties. I provide technical help and support for field, project and practical lab based work on the MSc Applied Marine Science, MSc Renewable Energies, MSc Hydrography, BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration and surveying, BSc (Hons) Ocean science and marine conservation and BSc (Hons) Oceanography and coastal processes and BSc Environmental Science.  

My role involves working with the BSc and MSc students teaching them how to use oceanographic equipment, explaining data collection techniques and data interpretation, explaining and writing risk assessments, designing fieldwork activities, discussing the practicalities of fieldwork and equipment use for projects and dissertations as well as on site support in the field. I also have a role helping with PhD research and other research projects in the area of adapting or alternate use of existing equipment and designing fieldwork for data collection. 

In addition to this I work on the 13 meter university research vessel Falcon Spirit. I am also a commercially endorsed skipper. This allows me to skipper the other smaller boats in the Plymouth University fleet. My role in this context is to maintain a safe working environment during work at sea and to provide a positive student experience. I am also involved in the development of safe schemes of work for equipment that is used and in the development of risk assessments relating to the equipment and the general day to day tasks performed on the boats.


2016 - Sea-Bird Rosette System and Sea-Bird SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD    
2014 - YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor
2013 - Sit Astride ATV - All terrain Use including loads & trailers
2012 - Commercially Endorsed National Powerboat Certificate Level 2
2009 - 2010 MSc Marine Geosciences
2006 - 2009 BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration
2004 - 2005 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 
1995 - 1998 Dip (HE) Psychiartic Nursing

My background is in psychology with emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy use in treating self-harming behaviour, drug and alcohol addiction and the treatment and assessment of acute mental illness. I worked in this field for approximately 10 years before retraining.

The retraining consisted of studies in BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration and MSc Marine Geoscience at Plymouth University before taking up the position of Marine Sciences Technician.


Professional membership

MIScT - Member of The Institute of Science & Technology 

RSciTech - Resistered Science Technician with The Science Council

Other academic activities

While working on a variety of courses I have developed skills in physical oceanography, chemical oceanography, chemistry, sediment analysis, land survey techniques, water quality monitoring, nutrient analysis, marine pollution, environmental change, conservation, catchment characterisation, environmental impact assessments, marine optics and acoustics, physics, marine biology, geology and coastal processes.

I am the Marine Science Specialist in using the Sea-Bird Rosette System and Sea-Bird SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD.  


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