Julia Haywood
PhD student


I am a PhD student working on Mediterranean loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) investigating the influence of foraging success on migration and breeding and the ecological impact of a changing climate.

My broad research interests include marine spatial ecology and investigating anthropogenic stressors. I also enjoy public outreach and building awareness among both children and adults.

I studied Marine Biology at the University of Southampton, which included an exchange year at UNC- Wilmington where I worked in the Ichthyology laboratory investigating the impact of coastal development and beach nourishment on surf zone fish.

Once graduated, in the winters I worked as a marine biology educator and guide in the Maldives. In the summers, I took secondary school and 6th form students to wonderful locations around the world whilst teaching marine biology and working with local conservation organisations. This included teaching Marine Mammal Ecology in British Columbia and Sea Turtle Ecology in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

After a few years I decided to return to university and undertook the MSc in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews. I used predictive habitat modelling to identify potential habitat for Chilean dolphins and identified areas of overlap with fishing activities.

Throughout my PhD I would like to continue teaching and working with outreach programs as well as diving, painting, and playing netball.

Broad research specialisms:

Marine spatial ecology, anthropogenic stressors, marine conservation, climate change, public outreach and awareness.


MSci Marine Biology (Uni. Southampton - 2012)
MSc Marine Mammal Science (Uni. St Andrews - 2015
At present – PhD Candidate (2016 -2019)

Contact details

AddressThe Farmhouse
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE, UK

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