Research groups and projects

The Animal Behaviour group focuses on the interactions between animals and their environments. Research carried out by the group addresses two fundamental questions: how and what information is gathered from the environment? How is this information used to make decisions that maximise survival? Read more.

The Atmospheric and Ocean Science group focuses on observing and understanding the global carbon cycle, both in the natural pre-industrial state and in its modern, heavily disturbed condition. Our special expertise is in making high precision measurements of greenhouse gases and man-made compounds. Read more.

The Biodiversity and Renewable Energy (BARE) research cluster investigates the impact of renewable energy on biodiversity. Working with operators, developers and statutory authorities, our work provides the basis for evidence-based policy, and develops solutions for potential conflicts between wildlife and renewable energy. Read more.

The Behaviour group at our Cornwall Campus focuses on understanding social, sexual and competitive behaviour, studying how behaviour evolved and its mechanistic basis. Current research includes studies of cooperation, predator-prey interactions, parental care, selfish genes, maternal effects, sexual selection and sexual conflict. Read more.


BlueHealth is investigating the links between environment, climate and health. The programme is focused on understanding how water-based environments in towns and cities can affect health and wellbeing. It brings together experts from nine institutions and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Read more.

The Earth System Science Group focuses on understanding the Earth as a whole system, comprising life and its environment, including the atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice, land surface, ice sheets, and crustal rocks. They are particularly interested in the ongoing co-evolution of life and the environment. Read more.

The Ecology and Conservation group at our Cornwall Campus focuses on pressing issues in animal ecology including: the impacts of renewable energy generation; interactions between wildlife, fisheries and agriculture; new techniques in monitoring movement in wild animals; over-harvesting; and the impacts of climate change. Read more.

The ecosystems group focuses on understanding the impacts of environmental change and management of the goods and services they provide. Key issues include understanding the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, the effectiveness of protected areas and the consequences of marine renewable technologies. Read more.

The Environmental Biology group studies pollutants of global concern, including endocrine disrupting chemicals, crude oil, pesticides, plastics and nanomaterials and environmental stressors including ocean acidification and climate change. We study their biological and ecological effects in aquatic animals, terrestrial species and humans. Read more.

The Environmental Change group investigates change in the climate system, cryosphere and marine environment over the recent past, in the present, and into the future. Key research themes include past climate dynamics, ice, sea level & climate change, and marine carbonate production and cycling. Read more.

The Evolution Group has particular strengths in the evolutionary ecology of host-pathogen interactions, sexual selection and selection in the wild. They investigate how changes in environment or mating patterns drive rapid adaptation in microbes and insects and high throughput sequencing to dissect evolution at the level of the gene. Read more.

The Exeter Climate Systems Group uses a unique mathematical approach uses concepts from various branches of mathematics such as fluid dynamics, dynamical systems theory, control theory, and extreme value statistics to help improve fundamental understanding and prediction of weather and climate and their interaction with society. Read more.

The Marine Turtle Research Group carries out a wide range of projects aimed at unlocking the secrets of marine turtle ecology; many relevant to conservation. Much of our work focuses on the long-term scientific monitoring of the status of marine turtle populations but has also involved diverse ethological, physiological and ecological studies. Read more.

This project brings together an international consortium of biologists, social scientists, policy experts and NGOs to develop and apply innovative molecular methods for use as early warning tools to help prevent disease outbreaks in aquaculture - focusing on low income, food-deficit countries. Read more.

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health group focuses on better understanding the interaction between marine environment and human health. In efforts to deliver a better understanding of marine environment and human health interaction, we are helping to lead a coordinated, transnational and interdisciplinary research approach in this emerging field. Read more.

A key member in several UK and EU marine energy research projects, the Renewable Energy group has over 20 years’ experience, including wave analysis, resource modelling, marine hydrodynamics, moorings, testing, reliability engineering, installation, offshore operations and maintenance. Read more.