Oliver Thomas

Oliver Thomas

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



I am a PhD student currently studying “Intertidal seagrass meadows in Southwest England: the ecological and socio-economic benefits of restoration”.

My project utilises a range of multidisciplinary techniques to understand the nature and scale of the ecosystem services provided by intertidal seagrass meadows in Southwest England.

I primarily investigate the organic carbon storage potential and associated benthic biodiversity of the meadows. I also use remote-sensing techniques including drones and satellites, to survey my study sites and to map changes in meadow extent and density over time.

My project is funded by Marine Research Plymouth: a pioneering collaboration between The University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and The Marine Biological Association.

Key words: Natural capital, Ecosystem Services, Seagrass, Zostera noltei, Coastal Ecology, Blue carbon


Professor Melanie Austen (UoP), Director of Studies

Professor Martin Attrill (UoP)

Dr Lauren Biermann (PML)

Dr Dan Smale (MBA) 

Previous Employment

2019 - 2020: Environment Officer: Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

2017 - 2019: Scientific Fisheries Observer: The Falkland Islands Government Fisheries Department


2015 - 2016: MSc Marine Resource Development and Protection, Heriot-Watt University

2011 - 2014: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (2:1), Bangor University.

Professional membership

Member of the Marine Biological Association of the UK