Matthew Witt

See a short video of a nurse shark filmed on a recent scoping trip

Research Group

Research Fellow - Kristian Metcalfe

Associate Research Fellow - Anthony Bicknell

PhD student - Steven Pikesley Phil Doherty


Bahamas Field Course

Exploitation of the Sea

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Dr Matthew Witt

Senior Lecturer in Natural Environment


My research focuses on marine ecology, looking specifically at the distribution and behaviour of turtles, sharks and other mobile marine species. Acquiring this knowledge is often challenging so my work uses a wide range of technologies, including satellite tracking and acoustic detection. I am especially interested in using large sets of data to assess the effects of human activities on marine ecosystems.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research publication titles

Research interests

  • Distribution and behaviour of marine vertebrates
  • Aspects of marine vertebrate ecology including human-wildlife space conflict and habitat use
  • Remote data collection technologies
  • Ecological effects of marine renewable energies
  • Local patterns of biodiversity

 Current projects

  • Basking shark satellite tracking in Scotland for Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Leatherbacks in high resolution, tracking the movements of leatherback turtles in the South Atlantic
  • Streamlining ocean wave farm impact assessment
  • Quantifying the benefits of resource spill-over at marine renewable energy installations
  • Marine energy in far peripheral and island communities


2007 PhD Biological Sciences (University of Exeter)
MRes Marine Biology (Plymouth University & Marine Biological Association of the UK)
MSc Oceanography (University of Southampton)


2015 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
Lecturer, University of Exeter
2008-2012 Research Fellow, PRIMaRE, MERiFIC, Darwin

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 1326 259493
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 0.17

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE