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 Jen Lewis

Jen Lewis

PhD Student

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 The Farmhouse 


The Farmhouse, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

I am a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation, based at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

My interests fall at the interface between science, conservation and society. My research will use a variety of methods to investigate the effects of anthropogenic climate change on marine species populations and modelling range expansions, using gilthead bream Sparus aurata as a model species. This will hopefully enable me to develop useful tools with real relevance for fisheries management.

Prior to taking up a studentship at the University of Exeter, I worked as a marine lead adviser with Natural England, working on new Natura 2000 designations, marine monitoring and advising on sustainable development.

Follow me on Twitter: @jenlewmarine

Broad research specialisms:

  • Marine conservation
  • Population biology and ecology
  • Spatial dynamics
  • Fisheries
  • Species distribution shifts and range expansions
  • Policy


2010 BSc. (Hons) Marine Biology (Plymouth University)
2012 MRes. Marine Biology (Plymouth University)


Research interests

Project Title: Spatial dynamics of range expanding gilthead bream in UK inshore waters


Funding Body: NERC (Industrial CASE in partnership with CEFAS)

Project Description:
The gilthead bream is extremely sought after in Europe, both commercially and recreationally. Although it is historically a warm water species, over the last few decades its range has shifted north and it is now commonly caught in a number of southern UK estuaries. This is thought to be due to the rise in sea surface temperature, and with further climate change the species is likely to travel further along the British coast. It is important to understand the movements of potential new target species for UK fisheries and aquaculture, and to ensure the sustainable exploitation of these new and shifting resources through appropriate regulation.

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