Plymouth University Project Members

Dr Kerry Howell – Principal Investigator

Kerry_HowellKerry is a Senior Lecturer in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre at Plymouth University. She is an expert in deep-sea ecology, with research interests in conservation and sustainable management, the design of high seas / deep-sea marine protected area networks, marine habitat classification, marine habitat mapping, predictive species modelling, population connectivity, deep-sea food webs and ecosystem impacts of deep-water fisheries.

Dr Andy Foggo – Co-Investigator

Andy is a Senior Lecturer in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre at Plymouth University. His main research interests include spatial distributions and macroecology in marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats. He also has subsidiary interests in the application of numerical and statistical techniques to ecological questions, including studies of diversity patterns in the deep sea.

Dr Vasyl Vlasenko – Co-Investigator

Vasiliy is an Associate Professor in the Marine Physics Research Group at Plymouth University. His research interests include analytical and numerical modelling of ocean dynamics.

Dr Alex Nimmo Smith – Co-Investigator

Alex is an Associate Professor in the Marine Physics Research Group at Plymouth University. His research interests are focussed around suspended particle dynamics, both in terms of how particles (plankton, sediment, bubbles, droplets) behave in a natural, turbulent environment, and also in the use of particles as tracers of turbulent flows. He has developed several in situ optical systems to directly image particles for measurement and identification, and visualise 3D turbulence structure.

Dr Nicola Foster – Researcher-Co-Investigator

nicola_foster_smlNicola is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Plymouth University who has been investigating the use of species-area relationships to inform the conservation planning process in the deep North East Atlantic. She has expertise in video and image analysis, and deep-sea species identification, and her research interests include population connectivity and the use of population genetics to inform conservation and management of the marine environment.

Dr Nataliya Stashchuk – Researcher

Nataliya is a Senior Research Fellow in the Marine Physics Research Group at Plymouth University. Her research interests are focussed on understanding the behaviour of nonlinear waves, internal waves, hydrodynamic instabilities and mixing using numerical modelling and theoretical techniques.