Professional activities

Conference conceiver, developer, and co-convener:

Working with Philippe Cousteau for Earth Echo in 2019.
  • The Environment after Brexit, British Ecological Society, UK (2017)
  • Challenger Society for Marine Science Conference (2012, 2014)
  • Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations, The Royal Society, UK (2013)

Theme developer and convener:

  • “Applying and integrating marine biodiversity indicators and assessments to evaluate progress towards policy goals”, MSEAS-2020: Marine Social-Ecological Systems, Yokohama, Japan (delayed from 2020)
  • “From science to evidence – innovative uses of biodiversity indicators for effective marine policy and conservation”, International Marine Conservation Congress, Kuching, Malaysia (2018)
  • “What is a good pelagic habitat?”, ICES Annual Science Conference, Riga, Latvia (2016)
  • “Marine science for society”, Challenger Conference for Marine Science, Liverpool, UK (2016)
  • “Challenges and tools for managing marine and coastal resources”, Challenger Conference for Marine Science, Plymouth, UK. (2014)
  • “Challenges and tools for managing marine and coastal resources”, Challenger Conference for Marine Science: Ocean Challenges in the 21st Century, Norwich, UK (2012)

Session chair:

  • Promoting Effective Governance of the Channel Ecosystem, Caen, France. (2014)
  • Southwest Marine Ecosystems Conference 2014, Plymouth, UK (2014)
  • P/ICES Oceans of Change, Majorca, Spain (2012)

Editorial contributions:     

Phil Trans Special Issue
  • Marine Biodiversity Records Editorial board (2017 – present)
  • Special Issue, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Guest editor. Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations (2014)

Panels and debates: 

  • “Public debate: Large-scale trends in ocean phytoplankton”. McQuatters-Gollop, A., Worm, B. and Wernand, M. Plankton 2011: Biodiversity and Global Change, Plymouth, UK. (2011)
  • Discussion panel: Where we need to be: what are the likely challenges?” McQuatters-Gollop, A., Spicer, J., Brownlee, C. and Barange, M. Plymouth Marine Science Partnership and the MMO: How can we manage our seas in the real world?” Plymouth, UK. (2011)

Media engagements:


  • TEDx talk: The Breath-Giving Beauty of Bioluminescence,


• “Inside the world of tiny phytoplankton – microscopic algae that provide most of our oxygen”, The Conversation, April 2021  

Drifting into trouble? The tiny ocean creatures with a global impact”, Oct 2021


  • “The Hunger Games for life in our warmer sea”, Western Morning News, 28 Jan 2020
  • “Towards equality in ecology”, Ecology for the Masses, 10 Feb 2020
  • “Study shows six decades of change in plankton communities”, Science Magazine (web), 1 April 2020
  • “Study reveals climate impact on plankton”, The National (Scotland), 2 April 2020
  • “Plankton changes have impacted ecosystem around UK coastline, study suggests”, Press Association, 2 April 2020
  • “Plankton hit by ‘huge changes’”, The Herald, 2 April 2020
  • “Shift in ocean life discovered”, The Herald (Plymouth), 4 April 2020
  • “We’re plankrupt”, The Sun, 6 April 2020
  • “Huge changes to UK plankton population”, Fishing News UK, 7 May 2020
  • “Channelling a Bloom”, NASA Earth Observatory, 25 June 2020
  • “Pictures from space bode well for life on Earth”, Western Morning News, 1 July 2020
  • “NASA records large bloom of phytoplankton close to island”, Guernsey Press, 2 July 2020
  • “Blooming good spring for algae”, The Times, 8 July 2020
  • “Weather eye”, The Times, 8 July 2020



  • “International collaboration is essential for good of our seas”, Western Morning News, 12 Sept 2018

2014 – present


  • Invited guest blogger (Plankton and Policy) for Research in Action. University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
  • Research featured in New Scientist magazine
  • Featured on ‘This is what a scientist looks like’ blog about breaking down science stereotypes


  • Interview by Louie Psihoyos, director, for his documentary film Racing Extinction.


Science-Policy communication: Active participant in science-policy knowledge exchange at the UK, European, and international scales. I excel at translating science into a format useful to policy-makers and at guiding scientists to apply their research to the policy process. I run the blog and website Plankton and Policy

Proposal coordination/contribution: FP7 proposal coordination, contribution to NERC, NSF, etc, proposals.

Spatial analysis: Exceptional cartographic, GIS and geostatistical analysis skills using ArcGIS, ArcView, ArcInfo, R, and Surfer.

Taxonomy: Trained in CPR plankton analysis.

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