PhD projects

Ongoing and completed PhD studies

Aquariums as restorative environments

This PhD, funded by the National Marine Aquarium, aims to investigate how viewing different amounts of marine life can influence human health and wellbeing.

Assessing bacterial pathogens in the coastal zone

This ERDF-funded PhD project aims to investigate human exposure to, and infection by, antibiotic resistant pathogenic bacteria in natural aquatic environments. The first stage will involve a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence on the risk of acquiring infections from the recreational use of natural waters.

The value of a healthy marine environment

This PhD project aims to investigate the risks and benefits of participating in marine recreation, and understand how the perceptions and values of the public influence their decisions to participate. The study is being conducted by Andrea Harvey who is primarily based at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Understanding factors influencing marine access

This internationally collaborative PhD project is exploring the social and cultural factors influencing marine access in Liberty City, Miami, Florida. The project will examine the influence of society and culture on the perceived relevance, risks and benefits of the ocean to human health.

Valuing ecosystem services

This PhD study aims to build on the National Ecosystem Assessment approach to ecosystem services by applying its methods within a smaller defined geographical scale.