Mr Matthew Faith

Mr Matthew Faith

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



I am a PhD student working in the Plankton and Policy Research Group. My work focuses on using plankton time-series datasets, such as the Continuous Plankton Recorder, to inform policy on the status of the marine environment. I am particularly interested in the effects of climate change (acidification, warming, extreme events, etc.) on planktonic community structure and how this can be translated into usable indicators to inform policy. 


  • Current: PhD Marine Science, University of Plymouth
  • 2022: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Oceanography, University of Plymouth 

Professional membership

  • Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society
  • British Phycological Society
  • Federation of European Microbiological Societies



Other research

  • 2022, Q-Technologies

I worked as a Research Assistant for the EU project EMERTOX, focusing on the detection of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) species in Spain and Portugal. My work explored new methods for the filtration and detection of the organisms, such as electrochemical genetic methods.

  • 2020 - 2021, ARGANS

I worked in the Marine Litter Detection team for a European Space Agency project, applying machine learning techniques to remote sensing satellite imagery for the detection of floating marine litter in the Black Sea.

Grants & contracts

  • Santander, June - September 2022 (recipient)
This project explored the use of eDNA for analyzing the structure of phytoplankton communities, in comparison to widely-used microscopy techniques.  



Conference Papers

Abascal Zorrilla, N., Cook, H., Delaney, J., Faith, M., Vallette, A. and Martin-Lauzer, F.R., 2021, April. Plastic waste's fate in the Black Sea: monitoring litter input and dispersal in the marine environment. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (pp. EGU21-14530).