Meet some of the lecturers
Dr Kerry Howell teaches on some of the modules for this programme, her research interests include: deep-sea ecology, deep-sea conservation and management, spatial planning, high seas/deep-sea marine protected areas, habitat classification, habitat mapping, predictive species modelling, deep-sea food webs, and ecosystem impacts of deep-water fisheries. She is currently working on a project funded by the BBC Wildlife Fund called 'Mapping the deep' that tackles the principle causes of destruction of the UK's cold water coral reefs, coral gardens and other vulnerable habitats (that is destruction caused by contact with bottom trawl gear), by providing maps of their distribution so that they can be protected in the future.
Read more about Kerry's project on the BBC website
Read more about Kerry's research
Dr Jason Hall-Spencer also teaches on some of the modules for this programme. He is a marine ecologist and his research interests include seamount ecology, climate-driven oceanographic change, ocean acidification, fisheries and conservation. He is also working on Marine Protected Area design using satellite vessel monitoring for fisheries management . One of his current projects, related to ocean acidification, is looking at volcanic CO2 vents off Italy, and regular field work at the site monitors the effects of the low pH sea water on the organisms that live there.
Listen to Jason talking about his work on the volcanic vents in Italy
Read more about Jason's research