Research

Our research is a unique combination of observation, experimentation and modelling activities, working together to provide a greater understanding of the dynamic and complex marine environment to inform knowledge-based solutions to the challenges our ocean and seas face.

The ocean and seas are essential to every one of us. They regulate weather and climate, produce oxygen for us to breathe, provide food, chemicals, and energy and support our economies by providing employment in many sectors including transport, tourism, fishing, energy and biotechnology.

An increasing global population is placing ever increasing demands upon the resources provided by the ocean, but in order to be sustainable, cohesive, thoughtful and innovative management practices need to be applied which reach far beyond political boundaries. This requires an in depth knowledge of how the oceans and seas function so that we can predict how they may respond to future change.

Our unique combination of observation networks, experimental facilities and modelling capabilities enables us understand and forecast the changes in marine ecosystems and provide evidence-based solutions to the challenges posed. We work to anticipate emerging societal needs and promote stewardship of the marine environment, unlocking the ocean's value by developing tools to assess the benefits and risks in developing the blue economy.

Research topics

Air-sea gas exchange Aquaculture Biodiversity Capacity development Carbon and nutrient cycles Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Earth Observation Food security Invasive species Marine plastics Marine spatial planning Modelling the Marine Environment New technologies Ocean acidification Renewable energy Valuing the marine environment

Recent publications

  1. Coma, M; Martinez-Hernandez, E; Abeln, F; Raikova, S; Donnelly, J; Arnot, TC; Allen, MJ; Hong, DD; Chuck, CJ. 2017 Organic waste as a sustainable feedstock for platform chemicals. Faraday Discussions, 202. 175-195. 10.1039/C7FD00070G
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  2. Aulló-Maestro, ME; Hunter, P; Spyrakos, E; Mercatoris, P; Kovács, A; Horváth, H; Preston, T; Présing, M; Torres Palenzuela, J; Tyler, A. 2017 Spatio-seasonal variability of chromophoric dissolved organic matter absorption and responses to photobleaching in a large shallow temperate lake. Biogeosciences, 14 (5). 1215-1233. 10.5194/bg-14-1215-2017
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  3. Andrello, M; Guilhaumon, F; Albouy, C; Parravicini, V; Scholtens, J; Verley, P; Barange, M; Sumaila, UR; Manel, S; Mouillot, D. 2017 Global mismatch between fishing dependency and larval supply from marine reserves. Nature Communications, 8. 16039. 10.1038/ncomms16039
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  4. Anderson, MJ; Walsh, DCI; Clarke, KR; Gorley, RN; Guerra-Castro, E. 2017 Some solutions to the multivariate Behrens-Fisher problem for dissimilarity-based analyses. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 59 (1). 57-79. 10.1111/anzs.12176
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  5. Warwick-Dugdale, J ; Buchholz, HB; Allen, MJ; Temperton, B. 2019 Host-hijacking and planktonic piracy: how phages command the microbial high seas. Virology Journal, 16 (1). 10.1186/s12985-019-1120-1
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Microbial Carbon Pump in a changing ocean: building models for the future

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Becca May and Oban Jones talk about their experience as scientific apprentices after their first year at PML.

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