My research interests lie broadly in understanding the pathways by which anthropogenic activities may affect marine biodiversity, particularly marine megafauna.
For my PhD I am investigated the abundance and distribution of marine litter around the British coast, examining the digestive tracts of marine mammals for the presence of microplastics, and exploring the transfer of these particles throughout marine food webs.
Nelms, S.E., Barnett, J., Brownlow, A., Davison, N.J., Deaville, R., Galloway, T.S., Lindeque, P.K., Santillo, D., Godley, B.J., 2019. Microplastics in marine mammals stranded around the British coast: ubiquitous but transitory? Scientific Reports, 9, art: 1075. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37428-3
Nelms, SE; Galloway, TSG; Godley, BJ; Jarvis, DS; Lindeque, PK. 2018 Investigating microplastic trophic transfer in marine top predators. Environmental Pollution. 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.02.016
Nelms, SE; Coombes, C; Foster, LC; Godley, BJ; Galloway, TSG; Lindeque, PK; Witt, MJ. 2017 Marine anthropogenic litter on British beaches: a 10-year nationwide assessment using citizen science data. Science of the Total Environmnet. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.137
Nelms, SE; Duncan, EM; Broderick, AC; Galloway, TSG; Godfrey, MH; Hamann, M; Lindeque, PK; Godley, BJ. 2016 Plastic and marine turtles: a review and call for research. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, 73 (2). 165-181. 10.1093/icesjms/fsv165
Nelms SE, Piniak WED, Weir C, Godley BJ (2016) Seismic surveys and marine turtles: an underestimated global threat? Biological Conservation, 193, 49-65. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.10.020