Our Team

The SWEEP academic team combines diverse expertise in environmental science, environmental economics and engineering with great enthusiasm for achieving impact from research.
Rebecca Abrahams
SWEEP Impact Officer

Rebecca is the SWEEP Impact Officer. Her role is to support the creation, capture and evaluation of SWEEP impact. Rebecca has worked at Exeter University for 5 years, previously managing the GW4 Building Communities Programme. Prior to that, she has worked extensively both overseas and in the UK, across the private, public and not-for-profit sector, managing environmental and health projects including those focusing on sustainable forestry, environmental education and healthy living. Rebecca sits as a magistrate in Exeter’s North and East Devon Bench.

Dr Karen Anderson
SWEEP Co-I Leak Detection Project
Dr Yuri Artoli
Professor Martin Attrill
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead

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.

Professor Melanie Austen
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead
Professor Ian J Bateman
SWEEP Director

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.

Dr Amy Binner
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Dr Ross Brown
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Professor Richard Brazier
SWEEP Water and Business Lead
Dr Donna Carless
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Darren Clark
Research Fellow

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.

Professor Brett Day
SWEEP Natural Capital Markets Lead
Dr Katrina Davis
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Sian de Bell
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Andrew Edwards-Jones
Prof. Guangtao Fu
SWEEP Engineering Lead
Professor Kevin J Gaston
SWEEP Biodiversity and SME Lead
Dr William Gaze
SWEEP Health Lead
Dr Caroline Hattam
SWEEP Co-investigator
Jess Heard
PML Impact Manager
Kate Hind
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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.

Dr Tara Hooper
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Alex Inman
Research Fellow
Benjamin Jackson
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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.

Dr Rebecca Lovell
Dr David Luscombe
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Ilya Maclean
Dr Océane Marcone
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Professor Gerd Masselink
SWEEP Coastal Protection Lead

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.

Dr Peter Miller
Earth Observation Scientist
Dr Rachel Morrison
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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.

Dr Jonathan Mosedale
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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.

Professor Juliet Osborne
SWEEP Food Sector Lead
Dr Nathan Owen
Dr Timothy Poate
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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!

Dr Andy Rees
SWEEP Impact Fellow Coordinator
Dr Sian Rees
SWEEP Co-Investigator and Senior Impact Fellow

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.

Mandy Robinson
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Dawn Scott
SWEEP Programme Manager
Dr Greg Smith
Research Fellow

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.

Samantha Starkey
SWEEP Communications Officer

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.

Dr Kit Stokes
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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 Tingley
SWEEP Impact Evaluation Manager

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.

Dr Ricardo Torres
Systems Modeller
Dr Grace Twiston-Davies
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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.

Professor Charles Tyler
SWEEP Water Co-Lead
Dr James Webber
SWEEP Impact Fellow

James is an Impact Fellow working on the SWEEP Sustainable Drainage project, exploring the potential for sustainable and resilient surface water management in South West UK.

James has been based at the University of Exeter since 2014, where his research has focused on developing and applying novel rapid flood modelling techniques in collaboration with academic, government and industrial stakeholders. Before this, he worked as an environmental engineering consultant on a range of UK and international urban water management projects.

Ben Wheeler
Senior Research Fellow

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 Zonneveld
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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.

At SWEEP, we believe that working collaboratively, across conventional boundaries like sector, produces more meaningful results. We understand that some of the greatest environmental challenges we face can only be tackled by bringing people together.

Our Impact Projects

Take a closer look at the work our SWEEP colleagues are involved in.

Wave Forecasting
North Devon Marine Pioneer
Leak Detection
Dartmoor & Exmoor Natural Capital
25 Year Plan & North Devon Biosphere
Sustainable Drainage
Managing Green Space
Whole Catchment Water Management
Mainstreaming Environmental Growth (MEG)
South West Marine Planning
Natural Environment Valuation Online tool (NEVO)
One Coast
Coastal Change Management Areas
Delivering Natural Capital Assessment Tools for the Marine Economy in the South West
A Natural Capital Plan for the Marine Pioneer
SCILL-E (Site Classification to Inform Sustainable Lives and Livelihoods for Fisheries and Ecosystems)
Applying a Natural Capital Approach to Sustainability Appraisal
Key Performance Indicators for Marine Environmental Growth
Sustainable Seafood
Sustainable Recreation Futures
Water Quality and Aquaculture
Investing in Nature for Health
Policy for Pollinators
Quantitative Habitat Mapping