Who are we?

We are a group of 5 students, currently studying at Plymouth University. We are undertaking a group project to research further into the human impacts of biodiversity across our oceans.

Our Team;

Laura – Ocean science and marine conservation

Chris- Marine biology and coastal ecology

Zach- Geology

Chloe- English Literature

Anna- Geography with ocean science

The Sea Walnut (Mnemiopsis leidyi) as an Invasive Species

Another example of a species that has been transported via ship ballast water is the Mnemiopsis leidyi. This small jellyfish is native to the Atlantic coast of North and South America and have been observed to grow up to 160-180 mm in the Black Sea and 20-30 mm in the Azov and Caspian Seas. This creature…

Impacts and Solutions of Overfishing

As mentioned before in my previous entry, the depleting stock of the oceans marine life is an issue that cannot be ignored any longer. Its been estimated that around 85% of the worlds fisheries have reached their biological limits and many species such as the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are severely threatened and at the point…

Climate Change And its Impact on Sea Turtles

Global warming is a phenomenon that effects the entire planet; today however, I will be focusing on the effects global warming is having on sea turtles. Sea turtles utilise both marine and terrestrial habitats, this makes them twice as vulnerable to global warming. Firstly, I’ll discuss the effects rising sea levels are having on sea…

Human Impacts on the Ocean and Ocean acidification

The oceans are constantly in a state of rapid decline due to human processes and intervention meaning the impacts we have on the oceans are varied and are starting to affect us and the natural ecosystems that reside there. Processes that we undertake such as fishing, Shipping goods, burning fossil fuels, Drilling the sea floor,…

The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

The Pacific Ocean garbage patch stretches 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, past Hawaii across the Northern Pacific and nearly as far as Japan. The debris is held in place by an ocean gyre which creates a ‘soup’ like behavior of plastics, from larger items to smaller micro-plastics which can be consumed by marine…

Ocean acidification and The Great Barrier Reef

Ocean acidification has recently become a prominent problem around the world; however it has actually been occurring since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Only now that we are starting to see the effects of what ocean acidification does to our ecosystems are we as a race trying to combat the implications. The basic science…

Overfishing in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean covering around 20% of Earth’s surface and providing around 14.6% of the worlds catch (The Diplomat, 2012). Fisheries within the Indian Ocean regions are one of their most valuable assets that provides for millions of people and communities. However, supplying 11.3 million tonnes of fish just in…

Climate Change and Its Effects on North Sea Fish Distribution

Introduction Fish make up a substantial percentage of our protein intake and provide 1.7 million jobs which are tied in with a fishing industry which brings in $199 million dollars per year (NOAA.gov). It’s therefore easy to see why the well-being of our wild and farmed fish is a top priority. Climate Change Climate change…

The Common Shore Crab (carcinus maenas) as an invasive Species

Native to Atlantic Europe, the western Baltic and west Africa to Mauritania, Carcinus maenas is arguably one of the worst invasive marine species in the world. They are introduced to new environments mainly by ship ballast water and hull fouling but many other vectors can contribute. This crab is an omnivore which means it can eat…

An Introduction to Marine Invasive Species

My name is Chris Hall and I am currently studying marine biology and coastal ecology at Plymouth University. This will be a brief introduction to marine invasive species and how they are introduced around the world, how they affect the world, and what is being done about it. Marine invasive species are organisms that are…

An introduction to Ocean Acidification

Hi, my name is Laura  and I am one of the authors of this student developed blog aimed at those interested in learning a little more about the environment that takes up 2/3 of our planet and more specifically biodiversity. I am currently studying Ocean science and Marine Conservation and so have a genuine and…

An Introduction to Climate Change

My name is Zach Bourbon, I’m a student at Plymouth University studying Geology and my goal in this blog is to help you understand the impact of the Earth’s climate, and climate change on our oceans. Climate is an aspect of our world that influences how the biosphere behaves. It is a very powerful force,…