My research interests are extremely broad based, ranging from viruses to seals and over spatial scales of coastal waters to open ocean, from the tropics to the poles.
My science activities are both field and laboratory based and I specialise in exploiting newly developed analytical techniques to address globally relevant ecological issues.
A main emphasis of my research is to study biomarkers, particularly lipids in marine ecosystems to understand how ecosystems function. Biomarkers allow a forensic approach to ecological science by determining the origins and fate of these organic molecules and particularly how those that are nutritionally important, impact on population dynamics of marine organisms and communities.
A major current focus of my research is determining the role of biophysics, specifically solid-liquid phase transition of lipids, in the behavioural ecology and metabolism of organisms in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Negative effects of micro-plastics on marine plankton
With concerns around the presence of microplastics in the environment growing, two new research papers from Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and partner research institutes in the UK and Norway have highlighted their impact on crucially important members of the zooplankton, known as copepods. Read more13 June 2019
Unexpected Life Found at the Bottom of High Arctic Lakes
\"Warmer temperatures mean the Canadian High Arctic’s shallow lakes are no longer freezing to the bottom, allowing tiny creatures to thrive. Researchers predict these new conditions will be inhospitable to fish and will produce more greenhouse gases.\" Read more01 August 2017
UK scientists to explore Changing Arctic Ocean to measure climate change threat
A new £10 Million research programme to investigate how the Arctic Ocean is changing kicks off today (Friday) with its first cruise to the Barents Sea. Over 20 researchers from 16 UK research institutes join forces to understand the knock on effects of rapid warming and sea ice loss in the Arctic region. Read more30 June 2017
BBC Radio Scotland Newsdrive
Professor David Pond, lead investigator of DIAPOD, describes how his recently funded project will look at how climate change affects marine life in the Arctic. BBC content is available only for the 27 days after first airing, as such the programme is no longer available Read more24 January 2017