Have you ever wondered what lives in Plymouth Sound? In an evening of talks hosted by the Marine Institute, Plymouth University students will sort through the science to share their love and knowledge of the creatures that live in and around our coast.
Meet the team and get in touch via twitter @stutalks.
The Estuaries of Plymouth Sound
Currently in his third year of a Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology degree, Dean Griffin is especially interested in the biological adaptations of marine organisms in response to climate change. Today we live in an increasingly changing world; how will this impact the diversity and abundance of species in the future?
Life on the Rocks - Surviving on the Rocky Shore
After travelling in Australia and teaching people to scuba dive in Sydney Harbour, Pete Bray came to study in Plymouth. His personal interest is animal behaviour and its effect on the animal’s surroundings. How do hermit crabs find a home? How do bees know what job to do? And why do newly hatched geese follow old men around?
The Benthos - Living on the Sea Bed
Having developed a passion for nature and the environment throughout his life, Dan Cheesman is now studying for a Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology degree. With an avid interest in all creatures weird and wonderful, he finds the overwhelming diversity of life particularly inspiring. How do living things respond to the pressures of living? How do they cope with other living things, and human impacts like overfishing and pollution?
The Sandy Shore - Creatures of the Beach
Emily Price has recently started her second year studying Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, which began with a field trip to the Western Cape of South Africa. Her interests are in animal behaviour, particularly on the rocky shore. How do species interact with each other in challenging environments? How do they compete for food and other resources? How do they communicate with each other?
The Pelagic Zone - from Microbes to Monsters
Amy Cartwright's fascination with the marine environment, which really began ten years ago when she started scuba diving, led her to Plymouth to study the processes and intricate workings of the marine environment. Her interests are in conservation, and how we can help lessen our effect on the environment. In particular, how are coastal ecosystems affected by large scale human impacts, like climate change?