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 Kristian Parton

Kristian Parton

Research Student


 Environment and Sustainability Institute 


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

My broad research interests revolve around marine conservation; specifically, the biology, ecology and conservation of elasmobranchs. My research focuses on the effects of marine plastic pollution on several North-East Atlantic demersal shark species, an ever-growing threat to elasmobranchs across the worlds’ oceans.  

Throughout my undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter, I volunteered on several shark projects across the world, including Mozambique, The Bahamas, Honduras and the Philippines. At these projects, I gained experience in the crucial conservation efforts for shark species and used data collected in the Philippines to complete my 3rd year honors project on the effects of provisioning on whale sharks.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Marine Conservation
  • Marine plastic pollution
  • Elasmobranch biology


BSc Hons Zoology (University of Exeter)


Research projects

Project Title: Assessment of the presence and effects of marine plastics on North-East Atlantic demersal elasmobranchs.

Supervisors: Tamara Galloway (University of Exeter), Brendan Godley (University of Exeter)

Funding Body: N.A

Project Description: The aim of this project is to investigate the presence and effects of microplastics on several species of North-East Atlantic elasmobranchs, working closely with local fishermen to evaluate the threats of marine debris to sharks. Species to be investigated include: Tope, Smooth-hound, Dogfish, Bull huss and Spurdog. The project will investigate whether diet and foraging behavior has an influence on microplastic build up in the stomachs, intestinal tracts and tissues of these shark species.

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