GBP 1 million research programme on remote marine environment
The University of Plymouth will soon be embarking on a 2 year research programme funded by a GBP 1 million grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation, as part of the Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science. Scientists from the university will be working to identify what natural mechanisms keep the species living within the seas at Chagos Archipelago so healthy, whilst also observing the movements of large organisms there, including sharks and mantas. The Chagos Archipelago is a remote British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) located south of the Maldives.
The goal of the project is to understand how marine ecosystems in the area function and explore how conservation practices might benefit other areas of the marine environment. This area of investigation is one of the most primitive marine ecosystems, having been largely untouched by human contact.
Martin Attrill, Professor of Marine Ecology and the programme coordinator, said: “This is an amazing opportunity to study one of the most unspoilt marine environments on the planet. BIOT provides an unrivalled location to understand the important natural interactions between the movement of the oceans, coral reefs and large marine animals and thus inform how we can improve and enhance environmental management.”
Shortlisted in Student Choice Awards
Plymouth was shortlisted in the international category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. This was based on the overall rating given by international students at each university. The winners were announced on the 19 April and Plymouth came in 4th place overall.