We have signed a memorandum of understanding with PML.

Working with Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Fundamental research questions in areas including marine renewables, molecular biology and environment and human health are being addressed by a partnership between the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), a marine environment research provider.

The first significant collaborations with PML in 2006/07 included projects investigating natural catalysts and the effects of pollutants in catchments.

Developing collaborative activity in these and other fields led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2009, and a renewal of the agreement, which formalises the commitment to work together, in 2013.

On signing the latest agreement PML Chief Executive Prof Stephen de Mora said: “This partnership builds on existing relationships but takes them further and wider and will ensure that as a joint centre of excellence the South West remains the leader in coastal and shelf seas science, not just in the UK, but globally.”

This initiative is being led by University of Exeter's Professor Tamara Galloway and Professor Manuel Barrange from PML.

PML and the University of Exeter held its second annual Science Day on 30 April 2015. Find out more about this event in our events archive.

Climate change and communities

Collaborations with PML have included the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Deltas project involving Exeter academics Prof Neil Adger and Dr Helen Adams and PML’s Prof Manuel Barange.

The project aims to improve the lives of societies susceptible to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and land degradation and to equip policymakers with the knowledge to evaluate decisions affecting those living in deltas by working on models that capture information such as the effects of flooding on food security.

Cleaning up the ocean

The University and PML have also worked on a project led by Prof Tamara Galloway looking at how microplastics pollution affects marine life.

In the below video PhD student Matthew Cole explains how the team conduct research into whether microplankton are affected by microplastics. Working with the with the Rozalia Project the team's mission is to investigate ways of removing marine debris from the ocean.