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Owen Michael Exeter

PhD student

 The Farmhouse 

 

The Farmhouse, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

I am a NERC GW4+ PhD student in the College of Life and Environmental Science and the Exeter Marine research group.

My research aims to improve the design and monitoring strategies that underpin effective marine protected areas (MPAs), with a focus on fish communities and mobile shark species in temperate marine systems. Understanding where MPAs are effective, and where they require improving, is essential for gaining stakeholder support and maximising their conservation impact.

My PhD aims to deploy baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems to survey mobile benthic species and pelagic sharks and tuna around the Isles of Scilly archipelago, UK. Working with Natural England and the Isles of Scilly IFCA, we aim to provide the baseline data to inform effective management in the region and develop indicators for tracking marine protected area effectiveness more generally.

Qualifications

MSc Conservation Science and Policy (2017) – University of Exeter

BA Politics and International Relations (2011) – University of Nottingham

Career

Assessing the ecological value of, and threats to marine protected areas in the Isles of Scilly (NERC GW4+ PhD) (September 2021 - present)

Passive Acoustic monitoring of tidal energy sites (SEAWave), Orkney (February 2021 - September 2021)

Shark catch and release survivability in recreational fisheries - https://www.sharks.sustainable-seas.org/ (June 2020 – September 2021)

Shining light on data poor fisheries, Myanmar - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.625766/full (May 2019 - January 2021)

Atlantic bluefin tuna in the English Channel and Celtic Sea - https://www.thunnusuk.org/ (October 2018 –September 2021)

English Marine Spatial Planning and the Ocean Health Index - https://www.ohi.sustainable-seas.org/ (June 2018 – July 2020)

Autonomous underwater videography and tracking of basking sharks - https://www.nature.scot/plants-animals-and-fungi/fish/sea-fish/basking-shark (August 2017 - July 2019)

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Marine spatial ecology

Fisheries management

Remote sensing

Biologging 

Research projects

Shark catch and release survivability in recreational fisheries - https://www.sharks.sustainable-seas.org/ (June 2020 – September 2021)

  • Development and application of electronic survivorship tags to understand the factors impacting the post-release survival and behavior of recreationally caught sharks in UK waters.

Shining light on data poor fisheries, Myanmar - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.625766/full (May 2019 - January 2021) 

  • Using remotely sensed, earth observation data to model fishing vessel distribution and spatial biomass extraction in data poor regions. 

Atlantic bluefin tuna in the English Channel and Celtic Sea - https://www.thunnusuk.org/ (October 2018 – September 2021) 

  • Deployment and interrogation of data from archival and accelerometer tags to examine annual migration and fine-scale behavior of recreationally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus).

English Marine Spatial Planning and the Ocean Health Index - https://www.ohi.sustainable-seas.org/ (June 2018 – July 2020) 

  • GIS and data technician synthesizing large, often disparate, socioeconomic and environmental data sets into a composite indicator index to inform marine monitoring across South West England.

Autonomous underwater videography and tracking of basking sharks - https://www.nature.scot/plants-animals-and-fungi/fish/sea-fish/basking-shark (August 2017 - July 2019) 

  • At sea deployment of towed camera tags, AUV and telemetry tags to observe subsurface behaviour of sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) within a proposed MPA, Scotland. 

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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