Thomas Davies

Academic profile

Dr Thomas Davies

Lecturer in Marine Conservation
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Thomas's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 03: SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 06: SDG 6 - Clean Water and SanitationGoal 11: SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGoal 14: SDG 14 - Life Below WaterGoal 15: SDG 15 - Life on Land

About Thomas

11/2019: Lecturer in Marine Conservation, University of Plymouth.

10/2017 - 10/2019: Sêr Cymru II Independent Research Fellow, Bangor University, Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund. ‘Artificial light impacts on the encroachment of non-native species

04/2017 – 08/2017: Research Fellow, University of Exeter, NERC Valuing Nature placement. ‘Addressing the influence of human values on selective investment in conservation priorities’.

05/2011 – 03/2017: Research Fellow, University of Exeter. ECOLIGHT: The ecological impacts of artificial light at night.

01/2006 - 09/2006: Marine Curatorial Assistant, National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff. Sorting and identification of marine benthic invertebrate samples collected for the HABMAP project.

07/2005 - 01/2006:   Launch Coxswain, Island Cruising Club, Salcombe.

Supervised Research Degrees



Current PhD students

Emma Moyse: University of Plymouth. Impacts of Artificial Light at Night on Visual Ecology. Supervised by Thomas Davies (University of Plymouth), Louise Firth (University of Plymouth) and Tim Smyth (Plymouth Marine Laboratory). Started October 2021

Leo Burke: Bangor University. Artificial Skyglow Impacts on the Chronobiology of Marine Organisms. Supervised by Amy Ellison (Bangor University), Stuart Jenkins (Bangor University), David Wilcockson (Aberystwyth University), and Thomas Davies (University of Plymouth). Started October 2020.


I teach on:-

MAR530 Managing Marine Ecosystems (Module Lead)

MAR532 Marine Conservation Practice

MAR513 Research Skills and Methods

MAR533 Marine Conservation Project

OS301 Ocean Science Research Project

OS312 Marine Science Field Course (The Isles of Scilly)

OS304 Marine Ecosystem Conservation

OS205 Managing Human Impacts in the Marine Environment

OS206 Researching the Marine Environment.

Contact Thomas

+44 1752 584733