Red algae that grow in Cornwall's Fal Estuary are genetically unique, new research shows.
The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads – with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say.
An elusive whale species in the Southern Ocean could be resilient to near-future ecosystem changes, according to a new study by the universities of Exeter and Copenhagen.
A team led by scientists from Cardiff University has, for the first time, been able to track the development of the largest and least understood habitat on Earth.
Stormier weather will increasingly force fishers to choose between their safety and income, researchers say.
A cross-Channel partnership will use innovative underwater acoustic tracking technology to identify the environmental conditions a range of important marine species need in order to thrive.
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown breeding site used by the world's rarest seal species.
The strange social structure of tiny fish called emerald coral gobies may be explained by family loyalty, new research shows.
Oceans were once filled with the sounds of nature, but overfishing, climate change and human noise have fundamentally changed the natural underwater "soundtrack", researchers say.
Three quarters of ocean shark and ray species face an elevated risk of extinction, according to new research.
Scientists have discovered how bacteria commonly responsible for seafood-related stomach upsets can go dormant and then "wake up".
Ivory Coast has announced the creation of its first Marine Protected Area (MPA).
Bans on shark fishing are only partially effective in protecting sharks, new research suggests.
Electronic tags released in the Ganges river show plastic pollution can travel thousands of kilometres in just a few months.
Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research shows.
Animal species in different parts of the world can evolve in "parallel" in response to similar conditions, according to a new study of fish.
Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research shows.
A team of University of Exeter students are using genetically engineered bacteria to produce a material that could help repair degraded coral reefs.
Scientists aim to tackle plastic pollution in the Galapagos Islands and wider Eastern Pacific in a major project based on cooperation with local researchers and communities.
Some of the world’s most valuable ecosystems are facing a "triple threat" to their long-term durability and survival, new research shows.
Scientists specialising in the marine environment will answer questions on ocean conservation during a free online event organised by the University of Exeter.
A scientist trained at the University of Exeter has won Peru’s highest award for conservation.
Researchers have launched an ambitious project to discover the impacts of plastic pollution in the oceans of Southeast Asia – and how the problem might be tackled.
The number of sea turtles spotted along the coasts of the UK and Ireland has declined in recent years, researchers say.
The new study aims to assess an until now hidden form of marine litter and show the effects it could have on our seas
Researchers and conservationists who have been tracking turtle migration for over a decade believe a new study highlights the need for investment and conservation of vital marine habitats which play a key role in turtle’s formative years.
Key knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of how ocean microplastics transport bacteria and viruses – and whether this affects the health of humans and animals, researchers say.
A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested.
New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.
Designing a sustainable future for aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector – A One Health approach
Seafood is one of the fastest-growing and highly traded food markets.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.
A University of Exeter postgraduate student has been honoured with The Diana Award - the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.
Three marine conservation projects involving University of Exeter scientists have been awarded funding by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative.
People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.
Creating sustainable plastics is vital for the future of our environment, a new report says.
A species of river bird is swallowing hundreds of plastic fibres every day via their insect prey, research by Cardiff University and the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter has shown.
A new study suggests an underestimation of microplastics in the ocean.
Underwater sound devices called “pingers” could be an effective, long-term way to prevent porpoises getting caught in fishing nets with no negative behavioural effects, newly published research suggests.
Scientists have developed a test that can identify hybrids resulting from crossbreeding between European and American lobsters.
Understanding how the physical and biological world reacts to climate change is a challenge that science must contend with.
History holds valuable lessons – and stark warnings – about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says.
Hormonal changes caused by motorboat noise cause clownfish to hide, skip meals and attack their neighbours – putting damselfish in distress.
Beaches in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows.
A global analysis of over 300 marine species spanning more than 100 years, shows that mammals, plankton, fish, plants and seabirds have been changing in abundance as our climate warms.
A University of Exeter researcher has been chosen for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of innovators in science and heath across Europe.
Exeter’s Ocean Technology Group selected to receive Scottish Government support for Floating Offshore Wind innovation
An engineering research team at the University of Exeter’s Offshore Renewable Energy Group will carry out research into innovative mooring systems for floating offshore wind energy applications.
Colour-changing crabs struggle to camouflage themselves when exposed to noise from ships, new research shows.
Chemical changes in the oceans more than 800 million years ago almost destroyed the oxygen-rich atmosphere that paved the way for complex life on Earth, new research suggests.
Scientists have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer needed.
Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.
Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.
Researchers have developed a catchy way to reach communities on the island of São Tomé, in West Africa.
Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.
Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year – meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say.
Arctic sea ice cannot “quickly bounce back” if climate change causes it to melt, new research suggests.
Crop production in Britain will fall dramatically if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, new research suggests.
The extraordinary sounds of fish communicating to one another has been captured for the first time in the UK at SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
Post-menopausal killer whale grandmothers improve the chances of survival for their calves, new research has found.
Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows.
The beauty of Devon and Cornwall’s coasts and seas has been celebrated with the Exeter Marine photo competition.
Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new research published today in Nature Communications.
Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.
Insurance schemes with the potential to improve the resilience of global fisheries face a host of future challenges, researchers say.
Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
Leadership during cooperation runs in the family for tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies, new research shows.
Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.
Fish may be more tolerant than previously thought to periods of low oxygen in the oceans, new research shows.
Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a new “game-changing” tidal energy project, it has been confirmed.
Scientists witnessing the destruction of the natural world must be supported and “allowed to cry”, researchers say.
The University of Exeter will lead an international project to investigate the hidden impact of adaptation measures designed to protect flood-prone communities worldwide.
Tracking the world’s second-largest shark species has revealed that it moves to different depths depending on the time of year.
Scientists know that light, litter and noise are all major stressors on marine life but we don’t yet have a full understanding of their combined and comparative effects on the environment. However this is set to change thanks to two Exeter alumni.
Diving seabirds watch each other to work out when to dive, new research shows.
Cefas and University of Exeter scientists have presented a novel concept describing the complex microbial interactions that lead to disease in plants, animals and humans.
A leatherback turtle has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall – the first confirmed sighting of a live leatherback in UK waters this year.
A brand new method has been developed to investigate links between top predator diets and the amount of microplastic they consume through their prey, offering potential insights into the exposure of animals in the ocean and on land to microplastics.
Environmental champions from the Seychelles, Oxford and Cornwall met at the Eden Project to show what the paradise island of Aldabra can teach the world about the scourge of ocean plastic.
Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests.
An autonomous ‘SharkCam’ has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behaviour of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides.
Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, new research shows.
Rising temperatures could mean no male loggerhead turtles hatch at a key breeding ground by the end of this century, new research suggests.
Overfishing increases the threat posed by climate change to fish stocks and fisheries, according to a new report for MPs.
Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows.
Brazil’s leatherback turtles are making a “gentle recovery” after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows.
A University of Exeter scientist has won FameLab International, a global competition to find the best new science communicators.
Crabs from a single species rely on different camouflage techniques depending on what habitat they live in, new research shows.
How adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance, and could potentially inform fishery management, a new study has found.
Exeter has declared an environment and climate emergency to support those calling for urgent action and show commitment to leading the change required.
Two University of Exeter scientists will be part of an international team studying plastic pollution in the River Ganges.
One of the world’s foremost experts in fish ecology and bioacoustics has been awarded a prestigious prize from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
Young people around the world will get the chance to explore the Arctic via live broadcasts from researchers.
A scientist who specialises in marine turtle research has won an award from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).
Location, location, location: Proximity to the mainland determines how coral reef communities respond to major environmental disturbances
Severe weather and environmental disturbances, such as cyclones or thermal coral bleaching, affect specific areas of coral reefs differently, new research has shown.
Exeter researcher awarded Pew Fellowship to discover if commercial fishing harms endangered penguin populations
Experts will work to discover if commercial fishing is harming endangered African penguins by making it harder to forage for food in the ocean.
One of the world’s foremost experts in microplastics research has backed calls for a bold new national policy framework to help reduce the amount of ocean plastic pollution.
Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.
Exeter and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory strengthen commitment to world-leading marine science research
Two of the South West’s leading environmental research organisations have strengthened their commitment to collaborating to address some of the key questions facing the sustainable future of the ocean.
Up to 93% of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species, new research suggests.
A “gold rush” of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned.
Pioneering new research on major environmental issues, led by scientists from the University of Exeter, have received a major funding boost, it has been announced.
Drones can be used to create low-cost and accurate 3D maps of coastal areas, new research shows.
Research conducted by Exeter experts has been recognised amongst the top 100 influential in 2018.
A team of researchers has won two prestigious awards for the impact of work highlighting the presence, and potential impacts, of microplastics in our oceans.
Tests on more than 100 sea turtles – spanning three oceans and all seven species – have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle.
Marine and citizen scientists take to the seas to help secure a future for Atlantic bluefin tuna in UK waters
Cefas and University of Exeter have launched a bluefin tuna tagging programme to try and find out more about the migration patterns of these enigmatic predators.
4,000 tons of microbeads no longer released into ocean after pioneering plastics research
Microplastics have been found deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs.
The future of coral reefs was discussed at a workshop in Indonesia.
Dolphins learn tricks from each other in the wild, new research shows.
Scientists seeking to discover whether Scotland’s seas are a mating ground for basking sharks have filmed new footage showing the sharks being sociable.
Plastic has been discovered in the stomach of a leatherback turtle found dead on a Cornish beach on Sunday.
New research exploring women’s roles in fishing families officially gets going this week, as the Women in Fisheries project launches its new website.
A pivotal new research study has isolated the key mechanisms that cause El Niño events to differ amongst each other.
The skeleton of a huge seal that washed up on a Cornish beach will go on display at the University of Exeter on Friday.
Fish are losing their sense of smell because of increasingly acidic oceans caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, new research shows.
A wide range of subjects at the University of Exeter have been ranked amongst the world’s best, according to an influential international league table.
Illuminating fishing nets with low-cost lights could reduce the terrible impact they have on seabirds and marine-dwellers by more than 85 per cent, new research has shown.
The evolution of Earth’s first animals more than 500 million years ago caused global warming, new research shows.
The eyes of some marine-dwelling creatures have evolved to act like a “depth gauge”, allowing these creatures to swim in the open ocean at a certain depth .
Potential changes in the frequency and intensity of storms off the coast of the UK and around the world could have a “catastrophic impact” on the livelihood of fishermen and sustainability of fishing industries, research led by the University of Exeter has shown.
An all-female crew is set to embark on a mission across the Pacific to learn more about plastic pollution.
Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, new research suggests.
A turtle tagged by University of Exeter scientists in Brazil has swum thousands of miles.
Antarctica’s most remote and pristine habitats are contaminated with micro-plastic waste
Top scientists will answer your questions about sea turtles in a live online Q&A on Friday (June 8).
Tens of thousands of sea turtles are caught each year by small-scale fishers off South America’s Pacific coast, new research shows.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies turn their eyes black to warn other fish when they are feeling aggressive, new research shows.
Prawns have personalities – and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research shows.
There is a growing movement in Galapagos to drastically reduce marine plastic pollution with the aim, one day, of having a plastic-free Galapagos Marine Reserve.
An invisible layer of biological compounds on the sea surface reduces the rate at which carbon dioxide gas moves between the atmosphere and the oceans, scientists have reported.
Pioneering research has given a fascinating new insight into why the Pacific Trade Winds have seen “unprecedented strengthening” over recent decades.
The pivotal role that parrotfish play in building and maintaining coral reef islands, unearthed by experts at the University of Exeter
An important project to protect fish stocks in the Republic of Congo will be able to extend its work thanks to a grant from the Waterloo Foundation.
Research that revealed the devastating impact that microplastic pollution could have on the health of humans and wildlife has won a Guardian University Award.
A second year marine biology student, is to join a team of women kayaking the length of Wales collecting plastic.
An ‘acoustic fog’ from motorboat noise, underwater construction and other man-made marine sounds can threaten the survival of fish.
Atlantic bluefin tuna are known for being amongst the biggest, fastest and most valuable fish in the sea.
Mud provides precious habitats, a buffer against rising sea levels and a host of other benefits, according to two University of Exeter researchers.
Fishing nets suffer six times more damage when dolphins are around – and overfishing is forcing dolphins and fishermen ever closer together, new research shows.
An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution.
Tiny jumping fish can leap further as they get older, new research shows.
A major study into an ancient climate change event that affected a significant percentage of Earth’s oceans has brought into sharp focus a lesser-known villain in global warming: oxygen depletion.
Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows.
Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, new research shows.
Salmon from the chalk streams of southern England are genetically unique, researchers have discovered.
Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world.
Uncertainty surrounding the extent of future climate change could be dramatically reduced by studying year-on-year global temperature fluctuations, new research has shown.
Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows.
Hundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches, including plastic ‘six pack’ holders and discarded fishing gear.
Blue Planet II, which has captured the nation’s imagination and highlighted the beauty and plight of marine life around the world, starred the University of Exeter’s Steve Simpson, Associate Professor of Marine Biology & Global Change.
Sustainable seafood and electric cars are among the eco-friendly industries that will be the focus of new research at the University of Exeter.
A tuna accidentally caught off Devon has been dissected by scientists at the University of Exeter.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest health challenges of modern times – and now two world-leading academics have reported to the United Nations on how the problem can be spread through our natural environment.
Carbon dioxide in remote parts of the world’s oceans will be measured by a new instrument being developed by scientists.
Experts at the University of Exeter are celebrating a new collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as they join its network as a Pioneer University.
Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean.
A new research group will focus on how seafood can be safely and sustainably produced for the world’s growing population.
Male killer whales are more likely to die if they are not at the centre of their social group, new research suggests.
Exeter is part of the UK’s first freshwater doctoral training programme to address the complex challenges facing freshwater sustainability.
Melting ice is releasing frozen plastic into the Arctic Ocean, as plastic waste flows towards the Pole.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies have individual “personalities”, new research shows.
University of Exeter scientists have been commissioned by the Government to write a briefing paper on the health and wellbeing of people living in coastal cities, towns and villages.
Who cares about the Great Barrier Reef? Many people, according to a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
World-leading researchers from the University of Exeter will collaborate with counterparts in China on a pioneering new project to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies.
Otters can learn how to solve puzzles by watching and copying each other, new research shows.
A virus which infects plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients, new research shows.
Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to “inefficient” traditional fishing methods, new research suggests.
Noise from motorboats changes the behaviour of cleaner fish and the species they help.
A pioneering inventor is being sought to create recycled and recyclable wetsuits.
Like humans, some birds can spend years learning and exploring before developing more settled habits.
Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts, research suggests.
An ancient Saxon fishing trap exposed for the first time in centuries thanks to radical environmental change has provided new clues about the history of coastal erosion in Britain.
Pioneering new research has given a fresh insight into the crucial role that sea spray plays in climate change.
Wind-driven incursions of warm water have forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica over the last millennia, new research has revealed.
Greenland sharks, the longest living vertebrate on earth, which are found off the coast of Britain, could hold the secret to long life, geneticists mapping their DNA have predicted.
Anti-depressants flushed down the loo reduce natural shyness in fish.
Noise from motorboats is making fish become bad parents, and reducing the chance of their young surviving, research led by marine experts at the University of Exeter has shown.
Peru's river dolphins will get new protection thanks to a plan developed with help from the University of Exeter.
Dramatic drops in oceanic oxygen, which cause mass extinctions of sea life, come to a natural end – but it takes about a million years.
Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals.
Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites in Colombia.
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests.
The evolution of land animals has been shaped by barriers such as oceans and mountains which have divided them and sent them down different genetic paths.
European funding launches Marine-i to provide support to marine businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Up to £6.8m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to develop marine technology research, development and innovation activities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change is unlikely to lead to more severe winter weather across Northern Europe, new research has shown.
A proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) off Scotland’s west coast would help basking sharks, researchers say.
A new plan to protect Myanmar’s diverse marine life has been announced.
Warming seawaters threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support.
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows.
The winter habits of Britain’s basking sharks have been revealed for the first time.
Endangered penguins are foraging for food in the wrong places due to fishing and climate change, research led by the University of Exeter and the University of Cape Town has revealed.
Danger from predators causes animals to form stronger friendships, according to new research.
A long-running research and conservation project is helping save an at-risk species of turtle.
An international research team have found that mother-daughter conflict can explain why killer whales are one of only three known species of mammal, including humans, to go through the menopause.
The pioneering and world-leading research conducted at the University of Exeter’s state-of-the-art Living Systems Institute (LSI) will form the basis of the latest high-profile Global Conversation event.
One of the world’s leading Renewable Energy experts has received a prestigious international award, in recognition to his ground-breaking research into ocean energy and technology.
One of the world’s foremost marine pollution experts has welcomed today’s (Monday) announcement that there will be a Government review into the impact of microplastics on human health.
The first assessment of underwater noise in the UK marine environment has been carried out by a research partnership including the University of Exeter.
The Vice Chancellor met with Professor Darren Croft and Dr Deborah Giles at the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Islands USA to talk about the work they have been doing.
A large-scale study of Caribbean coral has yielded discoveries on the pairing process between an endangered coral and the microscopic symbiotic algae they rely on for survival.
Fish farms may hold key to studying the impact of rising CO2 on marine life, and if fish could adapt to climate change.
Fish may have regional accents and use slightly different “chatter” in different parts of the world.
Coastal dwelling marine wildlife, including crabs, lobsters and shellfish, which play a crucial role in the food chain, are more vulnerable to harmful plastic pollution than previously expected.
Foraging seabirds use oceanic fronts as an efficient means to forage for food, according to an international study that could help safeguard the future of protected species.
A University of Exeter academic has welcomed calls from MPs for a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics because of the marine pollution they are causing.
The impact of climate change on global seawater conditions could change the rules of sperm competition for many important marine species.
A University of Exeter marine biologist has won a prestigious award for his world-class work in the field of fish ecology.
Drones will be used to discover more about the social lives of killer whales and help conserve these amazing mammals, which are at risk of extinction.
A long-term plan for managing noise in shallow parts of the ocean such as Falmouth Bay is needed to protect the environment, scientists have said.
A marine pollution expert from the University of Exeter has given a high level presentation at the United Nations headquarters.
University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have unveiled a state of the art facility for the study of environmental microbes.
Scientists have discovered that a tiny, yet plentiful, ocean organism is playing an important role in the regulation of the Earth’s climate.
Researchers call for socio-economic influences to be factored into future protection policies