Dr Martin Coath
I am an associate lecturer for the Doctoral College in Plymouth, Senior Researcher at the University of Lapland (Arctic Centre), and Academic Adviser for education projects at Canterbury Christ Church University.My original research interests addressed the building of computer models of sensory systems in a field that could broadly be called computational neuroscience. Now I am involved in climate change and educational research.
B.Sc. (Hons, Chemistry)
Climate change, public engagement theory and practice, auditory neuroscience, bio-inspired computation, the perception of music, and science communication.
Grants & contracts
ALAVLSI EU FET 2001-2005
EmCAP EU FET 2005-2008
COLAMN EPSRC 2008
Creative practice & artistic projects
A fairly comprehensive list of publications can be found here.
Music, Science, and the Brain. Symposium. UoP, Sept. 08.
Other academic activities
I have a long standing commitment to transdisciplinary outreach and something usually called 'public engagement with science' - although I see no clear distinction between the two.
In the last few years I have helped measure the acceleration due to gravity with the help of under 10s in a public park, given the pre-concert talk at the last night of the Cheltenham Music Festival (about science and the violin), and helped out with a maths exploration day at a primary school in Cornwall. I have been to Eastern Europe, South America, Asia, and an island in the Indian Ocean to run workshops with academics, doctors and teachers. The aim of these sessions is to develop communication skills and transdisciplinary approaches to research, engagement and teaching.
I am easy to google because 'Martin Coath' is not such a common name. There is just one other in Plymouth (much younger than me) and one other who is a ornithologist in Kent who has quite a few hits so beware!