Miss Poppy Hesketh Best

Miss Poppy Hesketh Best

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

PhD Student


  • BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and Biochemistry, University of Sheffield (2016)
  • MRes in Marine Biology, Plymouth University (2017)

Research interests

My research interest include exploring the dynamic relationships between microbial communities and their host organisms in addition to aquatic microbial ecology.

My PhD project is studying the microbial communities hosted by deep-sea sponges and investigating the untapped potential of secondary metabolites for novel biologics. This research is focused on using molecular and novel culturing techniques to characterise the microbiome of deep-sea sponges.

My supervisory team consists of Dr Kerry Howell, Dr Mathew Upton, Dr Alistair Bishop, Dr Philip Warburton and Dr Nicola Foster. I am also part of the Deep Sea Conservation Research Unit, based at Plymouth University (www.deepseacru.org).