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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Adam Porter

Dr Adam Porter

NERC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

 Newman Lower Ground Floor (The Cave)


I am post-doctoral research fellow on the Convex Seascape Survey (; a mltidsciplinary project seeking to discover exactly how the ocean performs its vital role as the world's largest carbon sink. Over five years, the project will not only scrutinise the carbon locked in the continental shelf seabeds but will assess the role of ocean life on carbon storage, as well as assessing human influences on seabed carbon. Funded by Convex Group Ltd., the project is facilitated by Blue Marine Foundation, with science led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with partners.

More broadly I am an ecologist interested and concerned with anthropogenic disturbances to the marine environment at a population or system scale. I have over 10 years’ experience in planning and executing field sampling campaigns to collect environmental data answering key questions pertaining to our impact on the marine environment. I enjoy the analysis of big datasets and have an interest in using GIS and digital media in data collection, analysis and presentation. I have also developed extensive laboratory protocols for the processing of environmental samples looking at microplastic contamination in aquatic systems and organisms and in using biological traits to try and understand how benthic invertebrates particularly are effected by and transform their environments.

Outside of research I am a keen diver, and sailor, photographer and drummer and enjoying life in Devon walking on Dartmoor and surfing on the North coast.


PhD University of Exeter (2014-2019)

MESci Marine Geoscience Cardiff University (2008-2012)


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Research projects

Post-doctoral Research Fellow on the NERC MINIMISE Project (2019 - 2022)

This project brought together 4 Universities, the National Oceanography Centre and the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Agricultural Sciences (Cefas) to critical knowledge gaps in how microplastics move through shelf sea ecosystems and the consequences for life on the shelf.

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Journal articles

Deakin K, Savage G, Jones JS, Porter A, Muñoz-Pérez JP, Santillo D, Lewis C (2024). Sea surface microplastics in the Galapagos: Grab samples reveal high concentrations of particles <200 μm in size. Science of the Total Environment, 923, 171428-171428.
Porter A, Godbold JA, Lewis CN, Savage G, Solan M, Galloway TS (2023). Microplastic burden in marine benthic invertebrates depends on species traits and feeding ecology within biogeographical provinces. Nat Commun, 14(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Porter A, Barber D, Hobbs C, Love J, Power AL, Bakir A, Galloway TS, Lewis C (2023). Uptake of microplastics by marine worms depends on feeding mode and particle shape but not exposure time. Sci Total Environ, 857(Pt 1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Thrift E, Porter A, Galloway TS, Coomber FG, Mathews F (2022). Ingestion of plastics by terrestrial small mammals. Sci Total Environ, 842 Abstract.  Author URL.
Jones JS, Guézou A, Medor S, Nickson C, Savage G, Alarcón-Ruales D, Galloway TS, Muñoz-Pérez JP, Nelms SE, Porter A, et al (2022). Microplastic distribution and composition on two Galápagos island beaches, Ecuador: Verifying the use of citizen science derived data in long-term monitoring. Environmental Pollution, 311, 120011-120011.
Savage G, Porter A, Simpson SD (2022). Uptake of microplastics by the snakelocks anemone (Anemonia viridis) is commonplace across environmental conditions. Sci Total Environ, 836 Abstract.  Author URL.
Bowley J, Baker-Austin C, Porter A, Hartnell R, Lewis C (2021). Oceanic Hitchhikers – Assessing Pathogen Risks from Marine Microplastic. Trends in Microbiology, 29(2), 107-116.
Jones JS, Porter A, Muñoz-Pérez JP, Alarcón-Ruales D, Galloway TS, Godley BJ, Santillo D, Vagg J, Lewis C (2021). Plastic contamination of a Galapagos Island (Ecuador) and the relative risks to native marine species. Science of the Total Environment, 789 Abstract.
Pereira JM, Rodríguez Y, Blasco-Monleon S, Porter A, Lewis C, Pham CK (2020). Microplastic in the stomachs of open-ocean and deep-sea fishes of the North-East Atlantic. Environmental Pollution, 265 Abstract.

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