Working with Philippe Cousteau as part of the Earth Echo outreach programme. Philippe wanted to hold the plankton!

Outreach is how scientists connect with non-scientists, including the public, decision makers, environmental managers, the media, and students. Most of my outreach work involves policy makers, and you can find out about that here. My outreach and policy publications are listed here.

Some recent highlights include delivering a TEDx talk, publishing a feature in The Conversation, and working on Earth Echo with Philippe Cousteau.

My students inspire me and I hope to inspire future marine scientists through formal lecturing, project supervision and general outreach. I was the winner of the Seavision UK My Maritime World Competition in 2013 for enthusing and informing the next generation of marine scientists with my two minute video entry ‘From plankton to policy’. I served as a council member of the Challenger Society for Marine Science, the voice of the UK marine science community. My involvement with the Challenger Society provides me with the unique opportunity to interact with UK and international marine scientists of all levels, from students to prestigious researchers, across all disciplines.

Scientists are more than just our work, so my Twitter feed, displayed here, contains personal as well as work-related tweets. I think it’s important to show the public that scientists are human, with diverse interests and personalities. My desire to change the way scientists are viewed by non-scientists, and even other scientists, also lead me to participate in the ‘This is what a scientist looks like‘ project, which aims to break down scientific stereotypes.

Media engagements:


• TEDx talk: The Breath-Giving Beauty of Bioluminescence, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkqei3ZxS5I&feature=youtu.be• TEDx talk: The Breath-Giving Beauty of Bioluminescence, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkqei3ZxS5I&feature=youtu.be


• “Inside the world of tiny phytoplankton – microscopic algae that provide most of our oxygen”, The Conversation, April 2021 https://theconversation.com/inside-the-world-of-tiny-phytoplankton-microscopic-algae-that-provide-most-of-our-oxygen-159955  


An interview by film director Louie Psihoyos.
  • “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 https://ecologyforthemasses.com/2020/02/10/towards-equality-in-ecology-bes-edition/
  • “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 https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146897/channeling-a-bloom
  • “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
With journalist Frank Pope at Plankton 2011 (photo by Rob Camp).



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

2014 – present

From ‘This is what a scientist looks like’.


  • 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.