Dr Stacey DeAmicis

Dr Stacey DeAmicis

Lecturer in Marine Ecology (Education)

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



Lecturer in Marine Ecology 
I currently am part of the teaching teams on the following modules:

  • FYM003 - Introduction to Our Natural World
  • MBIO120 - Introduction to Marine Biology
  • MBIO162 - Biodiversity
  • MBIO123 - Marine Biology Field Course (Module Leader)
  • MBIO220 - Applied Aquatic Biology
  • MBIO223/224/225 - Methods in Marine Biology (& Oceanography) (& Coastal Ecology)
  • MBIO327 - Marine Ecology
  • MBIO313 - Personal Research
  • MBAM5106 - Advanced Research in Marine Biology
I have previously taught within the following modules:
  • BIO012 -- Biology I (Module Leader)
  • MBIO101 -- Evolution & Behaviour
  • MBIO107 -- Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems
  • MBIO109 -- Marine Biology Skills & Field Courses (Module Leader)
  • MBIO121 -- Life on Earth
  • MBIO213 -- Coastal Biodiversity (International Residential Field Course in South Africa)
  • MBIO218 -- Human Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems
All of the above include lectures, practicals, personal tutorials and field days/courses. 

In addition to my teaching, I am also or have previously been:
  • Programme Leader for the School of Biological & Marine Science Foundation Year Pathways (2023 onwards)
  • Deputy Programme Leader for BSc Marine Biology & Oceanography (2021-2023)
  • Academic Programme Coordinator for PALS in Marine Biology (2013 - current)
  • Academic Programme Coordinator for PALS for the School of Biological & Marine Science Foundation Year Pathways (2023 onwards)
  • Admissions Tutor for the BSc Marine Biology (& Coastal Ecology) (& Oceanography) programmes (2016-2021)

 I also develop and facilitate external internships and volunteer opportunities for undergraduates.


  • Advanced HE Aurora Leadership Programme -- June 2023
  • PGCAP / HEA Fellowship -- May 2014
  • Integrated (New Route) PhD Marine and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University -- March 2012
  • BA Botany / minor Biological Oceanography, Magna Cum Laude, University of Washington -- June 2006
  • Web Development Certificate, Shoreline Community College -- July 2001
  • Associate of Science (AS) Physical Geography, Tulsa Community College -- July 1993

Professional membership

  • Member, Royal Society of Biology - inducted 2009
  • FHEA, Higher Education Academy - inducted 2008
  • Professional Member, Marine Biological Association - member since 2012
  • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar Alumni - awarded 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society (USA) - inducted 2005
  • Golden Key International Honour Society - inducted 2005



Teaching interests

  • Marine Botany
  • Marine Biology
  • Taxonomy
  • Natural History
  • Coastal Ecology
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Employability Skills
  • Learning Development



Research interests

PhD Thesis: The long-term effects of Sargassum muticum invasion on Zostera marina and its associated epibiota

My scientific research interests focus on seagrass ecology, catchment management, and human impacts on coastal ecosystems (including invasion biology, shallow water ecology, and threatened aquatic systems). In addition, I engage in interdisciplinary pedagogic research that explores ways to further facilitate student engagement and learning within the marine biology degree programmes. 

Grants & contracts

  • Pedagogic Research & Teaching Innovation Award -- March 2017. Project title: An exploration of how creative collaboration might be developed within Higher Education settings.
  • SoMSE Small Research Grant Award (£2500) in collaboration with Jasper Graham-Jones (Mech Eng) and Matt Brown (Plymouth University Diving Officer) (“Reducing scour impacts: The design and development of an eco-friendly fixed mooring”)
  • School of Marine Science & Engineering Teaching & Learning Award (£4254.75) for “Introducing employment-related problem-based learning (PBL) into Marine Biology modules”.
  • School of Marine Science & Engineering Teaching & Learning Award [for continued development of PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) (£3345) -- March 2014
  • 'What Has to be Done' voyage [http://whathastobedone.com/] - July 2013
  • British Ecological Society Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme -- July 2013
  • School of Marine Science & Engineering Teaching & Learning Award [for PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) implementation] (£4010) -- March 2013
  • Plymouth Marine Science Education Fund (£250) -- April 2010
  • Marine Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates (£1150) -- July 2009
  • NERC, BES, ERFF Science-Policy Interactions Programme (£200) -- May 2009
  • International Seagrass Biology Workshop Travel Grant (£260) -- September 2008
  • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship (£195K) -- July 2006
  • Hoshaw Travel Award, Phycological Society of America (£275) -- May 2006
  • Travel Grant, Frye-Hotson-Rigg Endowment Fund, Department of Biology, University of Washington (£450) -- May 2006
  • May Garrett Hays Scholarship, Department of Biology, University of Washington (£650) -- May 2005
  • Casey Endowment Award, Department of Biology, University of Washington (£250) -- March 2005 
  • Southwestern Bell Scholarship (£1925) -- November 1993

Creative practice & artistic projects




DeAmicisS, Foggo A (2015) Long-Term Field Study Reveals Subtle Effects of the Invasive Alga Sargassum muticum upon the Epibiota of Zostera marina. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0137861.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137861

PhD Thesis: The long-term effects of Sargassum muticum (Yendo) Fensholt invasion on Zostera marina L. and its associated epibiota. (http://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/1007)

DeAmicis S, Hong J, and Ruesink J (2006) Demographicsimilarities and differences between Zostera japonica in itsnative (Korea) and introduced (Willapa Bay) habitats. Journal of Phycology, 42:27-27.



Other academic activities

  • Admissions Tutor for the Marine Biology degree programmes
  • Academic Programme Coordinator for the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) in Marine Biology