Dr Steve Simpson
Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Global Change


I am a marine biologist and fish ecologist, with particular interests in the behaviour of coral reef fishes, bioacoustics, effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, conservation and management. I am also a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow (2011-2014) which enables me to develop strong links between the research community and industry and policy on the themes of European Fisheries and Climate Change, and Anthropogenic Noise and Marine Ecosystems. I joined the University of Exeter as a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Global Change in Sept 2012.

My work combines fieldwork, often through expeditions to remote and challenging environments, with laboratory-based behaviour experiments, data-mining, and computer modelling.

My research focuses on:

  • The impact of anthropogenic noise on marine ecosystems
  • The effects of climate change on fish and fisheries
  • Sensory and orientation behaviour of marine organisms
  • Dispersal, connectivity and biogeography
  • Management

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2000-2004 PhD, University of York, UK
1998-1999 MRes Marine & Coastal Ecology & Environmental Management, University of York, UK
1995-1998 BSc Marine Biology, University of Liverpool, UK


2012-present Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
2011-2014 NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow
2011-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, Defra-funded Anthropogenic Noise project, University of Bristol, UK
2008-2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, NERC Sustainable Marine Bioresources Initiative, University of Bristol, UK
2007-2008 Royal Society International Fellow and EPHE Postdoctoral Fellow, Université de Perpignan
2004-2007 NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722714
BuildingGeoffrey Pope
AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter
Stocker Road

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