Martin is a Marine Ecologist interested in the links between marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and human activity. Within SWEEP, he coordinates the University of Plymouth input, as well as being actively involved in projects associated with Marine Ecosystem Services, particularly Marine Protected Areas.
Ian is the SWEEP Director and is therefore responsible for ensuring that the Partnership delivers major real-world improvements in the economy, communities and natural environment of the region. This is achieved through the variety of projects which SWEEP undertakes.
Dan’s role is to monitor and evaluate the impacts of SWEEP, as well as to help maximise and promulgate them. He has a background in project management and evaluation, knowledge exchange, economic strategy, ecology, psychotherapy and research development. He has worked for the University of Exeter since 2010, and before that worked for the Met Office, Natural England, EUROPARC, the Greater London Authority and Devon County Council. He has two kids, four degrees and five chickens.
Helen supports the Director in managing the SWEEP Programme and ensuring that it delivers significant impact for the South West region. Her role includes coordinating SWEEP’s Management Board, Impact Advisory Panel and Delivery Group, and facilitating our portfolio of projects, and reporting on progress. She has worked at the University of Exeter since 2009 and previously worked at NERC and British Antarctic Survey.
Lorena is a postdoctoral researcher working on hydrological and water quality modelling at the watershed scale. Her expertise involves rainfall-runoff modelling, trend analysis of weather data, evaluation of the impacts of climate change on water resources. She worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Enna Kore (Italy) from 2012 to 2016 and she started working at the University of Exeter in 2017.
Zoran is leading the SWEEP project on Sustainable Drainage aiming to develop an innovative planning methodology and a tool for strategic level prioritisation of areas for SuDS implementation. He is Professor of Water Systems Engineering and Head of the Water and Environment Group at the University of Exeter with 27 years of research and consulting experience in various water engineering disciplines, both in the UK and abroad.
Gerd’s activities on the SWEEP project are concerned with generating impact in the coastal zone, specifically in relation to coastal hazards, including coastal flood risk, sea-level rise and beach safety. He is a physical geographer with a strong track record of publication and funding in anything to do with coastal processes and geomorphology. Gerd has worked for the University of Plymouth since 2006, and arrived in Plymouth via Utrecht, Sydney, Perth and Loughborough.
Sarah is responsible for the financial administration of SWEEP and monitors the budgets for the core award and all of the sub-projects. She also deals with the recruitment of new staff onto SWEEP at the University of Exeter and is involved in the creation of collaboration agreements and other sub-contracts, so please direct all financial and recruitment queries to Sarah. Sarah has worked in Higher Education for the last decade, and at the University of Exeter since 2015.
As Impact Fellow on the Mainstreaming Environmental Growth project, Jonathan works closely with Cornwall Council and AONB. He previously conducted research on how oak wood influences the maturation of wines and spirits at the University of Oxford and at INRA Montpellier, and most recently the implications of climate change for the Cornish wine industry at the University of Exeter. Long interested in the relationship between science, culture and religion, particularly how it shapes the way we value and perceive the natural world, he is a TWP writing fellow on science and religion sponsored by Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
Tim is delivering an operational wave forecasting tool to better inform local authorities and coastal managers about storm impacts on the South West coastline. Tim is a coastal scientist who has studied the impacts of offshore renewables, the response of storm events on gravel beaches and the role of intertidal rocky platforms on wave attenuation. In Plymouth since 2008, Tim previously worked for the Channel Coastal Observatory where he was surrounded by coastal data!
Siân is a Senior Research Fellow based at Plymouth University’s Marine Institute who brings over 14 years of experience in marine conservation, marine management and policy to the SWEEP team. Siân has a strong track record in utilising social science research methods to inform ecosystem-based management and the implementation of Natural Capital approaches. Siân has worked in an advisory capacity for UK Government, the European Commission and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Sara is an Impact Fellow for SWEEP 004, working on natural capital approaches in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. She is a biologist with a background in ecology and ornithology. Sara has been based at the University of Exeter since 2013, where she previously carried out research on Dartmoor’s moorland birds.
Kit is delivering project 001 – an operational wave forecasting tool to better inform local authorities and coastal managers about storm impacts on the South West coastline. Kit is a coastal scientist who has studied the impacts of offshore renewables on beaches and water users, bathing risks on UK beaches, and drivers of coastal flooding in the UK. When he’s not studying waves and beaches in the office, he’s studying them on a surfboard in the sea.
Sam takes care of the SWEEP website, member’s area and social media, and ensures SWEEP’s wide range of stakeholders are kept informed about our work. Sam is our point of contact for media enquiries, and creates written and multimedia creative content for the project teams.
Our Impact Projects
Take a closer look at the work our SWEEP colleagues are involved in.