Mx Jonathan Coe

Mx Jonathan Coe

Senior Technician (Marine Science)

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



Senior Marine Science Technician

Co-Chair University of Plymouth LGBT+ Staff Forum

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

My role involves working with the BSc and MSc students teaching them how to use oceanographic equipment, explaining data collection techniques and data interpretation, how to write 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 advising on PhD research and other research projects in the area of adapting or alternate use of existing equipment and designing fieldwork for data collection. 

As part of the Marine Station technical staff I manage the resources for oceanographic fieldwork including equipment, consumables and training of staff and students. In addition to this I work on the University of Plymouth 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.



Health and Safety Qualifications

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety  - The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health

Managing Safely - IOSH / British Safety Council

Professional Qualifications

Professional Development in Academic Practice - Plymouth University

Mental Health First Aider – MHFA England

Emergency First Response - EFR Ltd

Sit astride ATV all terrain use including loads & trailers - LANTRA

Commercially Endorsed National Powerboat Certificate Level 2 - RYA

Professional Practices and Responsibilities - RYA

Short Range VHF Certificate - RYA

Dip (HE) Psychiatric Nursing - Kingston University


Academic Studies

MSc Marine Geosciences - Plymouth University

BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration - Plymouth University

Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD - University of Derby

Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment - The Open University

Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights – Amnesty International

Sexual orientation and gender identity – The Open University

Principles & Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy- Kingston University

Professional membership

AFHEA - Associate Fellowship, Higher Education Academy

RSciTech - Registered Science Technician,The Science Council

MIScT - Member of The Institute of Science & Technology 



Other academic activities

If you need advice about equipment for your final year project / research or to talk about whether or not your project is viable within the resources of the University I can help. 


I teach undergraduate, graduate students and researchers how to use oceanographic and laboratory equipment, plan fieldwork, plan data collection, how to process data and ultimately how to interpret data. 


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.


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