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Marine sciences research

Explore our work in marine sciences, one of our areas of expertise in Biological Sciences

From climate change to over-fishing and pollution, we're exploiting our oceans in ways that aren't sustainable. With our oceans increasingly under threat, our Marine Sciences research is working to improve the marine environment for future generations, and make marine activities sustainable.

Marine researchers are at the forefront of international marine projects, from the molecular to the ecosystem and community level. In collaboration with scientists and industry from difference disciplines around the world, our research addresses some of the key environmental issues that we face in marine science, as well as advancing our knowledge of biological processes in marine ecosystems.

The overarching focus of our research is the interaction of humans with the marine environment, across a range of ecosystems and habitats – from tropical mangroves to intertidal soft sediments and even the polar regions, but with particular emphasis on coastal areas.

Our research is working to tackle pressing global issues, such as climate change, conservation and ocean acidification. We're addressing pollution, aquaculture, over-fishing and invasive species, and looking at marine governance.

Our research covers these topics:

  • Animal behaviour
  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology and biofuels
  • Cetaceans
  • Climate change
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Fisheries protection
  • Impacts of pollutants (e.g. metals, pharmaceuticals, microplastics)
  • Marine conservation and restoration
  • Mangrove ecology
  • Marine microbiology
  • Marine aquarium trade
  • Ocean acidification
  • Underwater video and remote sensing

Funders and collaborations

Within the Institute of Marine Sciences, collaborate with international research institutions, Universities, Government Agencies, local stakeholders, Non-Governmental Organisations, and industry.

Recent projects have received funding from major funding organisations, including the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Research Councils UK, the European Union, the Leverhulme Trust, the Environment Agency, and Natural England.

Recent publications


Discover our areas of expertise

Marine Sciences is 1 of 6 areas of expertise within our Biological Sciences research. Explore the others below.

Research groups

We're exploring disciplinary boundaries to discover, understand and develop knowledge for the benefit of the environment and humankind.
We're researching the interaction of humans with the marine environment, addressing some of the key environmental issues that we face in marine science.

Interested in a PhD in Biological Sciences?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Biological Sciences postgraduate research degrees page.

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