Martin Attrill

  • Professor of Marine Ecology - University of Plymouth

Research interests

My research interests revolve around understanding marine biodiversity patterns in time and space, and the impact of human-induced and natural pressures on those biodiversity patterns.

In terms of scale, I have investigated such processes from seagrass plant architecture to impact of climate on open water pelagic systems, with a main focus being on seabed ecosystems (such as seagrass and temperature reefs), estuaries (fish and invertebrate patterns) and coral reefs.

Climatic impact research has been varied, including plankton, Brazilian coral reefs and the seasonal and longer-term movement of fish.

More recently I have focused research on managing marine systems, particularly the role of Marine Protected Areas.