Dr Chris Laing
Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology
+44 (0)1326 259337
Daphne du Maurier 3062
Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
Office hours: You can join one of my office hours by coming by my office. From the week commencing the 21st of January to the 29th March they are: Tuesday 13:00 -14:00 in person Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 online using this link (not on 31st March) If you are remote, call in with Teams during either of these times and I will pick up or call you back.
You can join one of my office hours by coming by my office. From the week commencing the 21st of January to the 29th March they are:
Tuesday 13:00 -14:00 in person
Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 online using this link (not on 31st March)
If you are remote, call in with Teams during either of these times and I will pick up or call you back.
My work focuses on biogeochemical cycling set in the context of environmental change. In particular I am interested in nutrient cycling in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. A consistent theme of my research has been the cycling of carbon in organic material and its subsequent release, storage and transport. This work has a strong analytical component supported by field and laboratory studies with modeling components.
Since joining Biosciences in Cornwall I have developed local research programmes that focus on monitoring the health and diversity of Cornwall's marine environment. Specifically I am working with students, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and local harbour authorities to monitor the health and carbon cycling in our local seagrass habitats.
I teach across a range of platforms and have recently developed a new online course on sustainable food in collaboration with the Eden Project that is hosted by FutureLearn. You can watch the teaser video here: https://youtu.be/FR4s0X7lvhE
This runs every January and is free for everybody so enrol today!
MSc in Ecology, PhD in carbon cycling, Senior Fellow of the HEA
My research is focussed on the marine environment around Cornwall, specifically focussing on estimating blue carbon stocks in seagrass primarily but also Maerl, kelp and Salt Marshes, all of which are found in the Fal and Helford SAC. Along with this, I study the environmental pressures that could impact these important ecosystems and how they affect benthic invertebrates and mobile fish species that live within them. My work is primarily field-based and includes dive and snorkel surveys in the UK along with laboratory analyses of carbon stocks in organic matter.
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External Engagement and Impact
Senior Teaching Fellow ASPIRE
External Examiner Positions
Oxford Brookes University-MSc Conservation Ecology
Find out more as.exeter.ac.uk/aspire
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and member of the education committee for CLES. Click here to see my profile on the education strategy webpage of the University as an example of multidisciplinary teaching within the ASPIRE framework.
I predominantly teach on the BSc and MSci Marine Biology degree overseeing the boatwork that is integral to this. I work with Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) on a collaborative teaching project for the Marine Biology degree with the aim of bringing the latest marine research into our teaching programme.
I'm passionate about giving students access to relevant, meaningful data that links our research to teaching. To this end I am heavily involved with field technique and data analysis elements across the Biosciences degrees. Long-term environmental monitoring programs I have set up in Kenya and Falmouth as part of this initiative and my work with local stakeholders like CWT will deliver high quality student data sets year-on-year.
I am part of the team responsible for the delivery of statistics using our new R server 'Rstudio' in CLES. In using this we are changing how statistics are taught in class and opening new themes of science for our students built on coding. See below links to my YouTube help videos on using Rstudio or contact me for further information:
Importing data into Rstudio (link)
Getting started in Rstudio (link)
Exporting code and plots from Rstudio (link)
- BIO1428 - Marine Biology
- BIO2438 - Marine Ecology
- BIO3136 - Research Project
- BIO3423 - Azores Field Course
- BIO3440 - Global Research Skills Virtual Field Course
- GEO3508 - One Year Study Abroad
Supervision / Group
- David Walker