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.
Ruth is an Impact Manager based at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and is working on SWEEP Projects 002 and 014. Ruth completed her PhD in Marine Ecology with Plymouth University and PML in early 2017. Prior to this, Ruth has gained considerable experience within the environmental sector, working in Dubai for an Environmental NGO on many ecological and conservation projects across the GCC region, and she has also worked for the Environment Agency in two different roles.
Darren is a Microbial Ecologist with interests in pelagic biogeochemistry and phytoplankton physiology. He is especially interested in pelagic nutrient cycling and the role that marine microbes play in the various associated processes.
Darren has been involved with programmes such as UK-SOLAS and AMT and the Ocean Acidification programmes MedSea and UKOA, and is now contributing to a number of the SWEEP marine projects.
Michela is a postdoctoral researcher in environmental economics. She joined the team at the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) at the University of Exeter in January 2018, after working as a postdoctoral researcher in environmental economics at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. Michela’s research is focused on the economic valuation of the benefits that people obtain from the environment. Working across several SWEEP projects, Michela will use economic valuation to inform the development of natural capital accounts in the South West. She will also investigate ways of improving the design of payment for ecosystem services for farmers such that society gets more benefits from a better managed environment.
Kate is an Impact Fellow for SWEEP 005, working with farmers to explore different options for them to engage with natural capital in the North Devon Biosphere. Kate joined Exeter University in January 2018. She has previously worked for the North Devon Biosphere and as the animal conservation course manager at North Devon college in partnership with Plymouth University.
Benjamin works on the SWEEP 003 (Leak Detection) and 009 (Whole catchment) projects. He is a Physical Geographer, with a background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), environmental modelling and river catchment management. He has worked on projects relating to flooding in river/wastewater networks, low-flow hydrology, and chemical risk assessment.
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.
Rachel is the Impact Fellow on SWEEP’s One Coast project, where her expertise in biodiversity accounting is proving invaluable. Based at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Insitute, Rachel’s other research interests include ecological compensation and biodiversity offsetting, conservation finance, strategies for biodiversity conservation, environmental management and impact assessment, landscape-scale conservation and landscape character assessment.
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 the University of Plymouth’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.
Greg is an environmental economist specialising in payments for ecosystem services, individual decision making, non-market valuation, and experimental and behavioural economics. He has worked on Defra funded projects investigating paying for environmental goods and services; including the Fowey River Improvement Auction and scoping the potential for auctions within the new Countryside Stewardship scheme, and is now working on the SWEEP Natural Environment Valuation Online (NEVO) tool.
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.
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.
Diana is the Impact Evaluation Manager for SWEEP. Her role is to ensure that the impact of SWEEP is well evidenced and far-reaching – both for individual projects and accumulatively across SWEEP’s portfolio of projects. She has previously worked in consultancy and as an academic; mainly providing advice on fisheries management issues and undertaking secondments to government. When not SWEEP-ing, Diana works as an artist and supports local community projects.
Grace has been developing and applying innovative computer-based solutions to landscape scale problems. Grace is a member of Professor Juliet Osborne’s pollinator ecology research group who have created a set of cutting-edge computer models of bee behaviour, growth and survival at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute. Grace is working with partners in research, industry and the environment to apply these models to contemporary conservation and food security issues in Cornwall and the UK.
Ben Wheeler is a Senior Research Fellow at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, at the University of Exeter Medical School. He has a BSc in Environmental Science and a PhD in Social Medicine, and has previously worked in medical schools and geography departments in the UK and New Zealand. Ben has a wide range of research interests in environment-health interconnections, but primarily applies geographical and epidemiological methods to examine the impacts that the environment can have on human health. Recently, Ben has been working to use the research to inform health and environmental policy at various scales, from Cornwall Council, to Natural England to the World Health Organisation.
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.
Our Impact Projects
Take a closer look at the work our SWEEP colleagues are involved in.