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Dr Stephen Watson

Dr Stephen Watson

Ecosystems Services Scientist

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Dr Stephen Watson is an interdisciplinary Ecosystem Services Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, currently working on the UKERC Energy, Environment and Landscapes programme 2020-2023 and the DREAMS - Decommissioning - Relative Effects of Alternative Management Strategies project (2020-2023). His research utilises: ecological indicators, GIS, ecosystem models (e.g., Ecopath, InVEST) and methods of environmental economic evaluation to better understand the effects offshore energy structures have on marine ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide. He also specialises in applying the Natural Capital approach to coastal, marine and terrestrial systems and have worked on issues such as the impact of climate change, agricultural intensification, water quality and tipping points on ecosystem services as part of the wider Valuing Nature (VNP) and Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) research programmes.

Stephen conducted his PhD on the “impact of multiple stressors on coastal biodiversity and associated ecosystem services” at PML and the University of St Andrews from 2013-2017. Prior to his return to PML in 2020, he was a Senior Research Associate on the Solent Natural Capital Project at the University of Portsmouth.