Marine & Coastal Environments, Ecosystems & People Network
Lead: Dr Bryce Stewart Department of Environment and Geography
Co-Lead: Dr Stephanie Piper Department of Archaeology
The Marine & Coastal Environments, Ecosystems & People Research network are interested in all aspects of the sea and coast. Our work spans disciplines, time and geographic scales. We're particularly interested in all types of change, management, and the relationships people had, have and will have with these environments.
Over 775 million people depend directly on the marine environment, yet our seas and coastlines are sites of rapid change. With this network we aim to bring together researchers from across the University of York to better understand marine and coastal ecosystems, environments and the (human) communities connected to them. From the past to the present, we’re interested in all aspects of change in these environments and places, how people interact and depend on them and what managing these areas for the future could look like. Our expertise spans disciplines and departments and in addition to our research themes, we are interested in developing novel interdisciplinary methods and ways of working.
The following is a summary of the different research themes that we already work in or identify as current and upcoming hot topics. There’s a strong temporal dimension to these research themes i.e. people working under the same theme but looking at it at different time scales, and a lot of overlap i.e. people working on two or more themes in the same project. These research themes also cover a variety of environments (coastal, marine, islands).
- Human interactions and dependency on marine and coastal spaces: this includes things like ecosystem services, valorisation of marine products, connections to wellbeing, blue carbon, past and present uses of marine resources, cultural connections, artistic work etc.
- Managing human interactions with marine and coastal spaces: this includes things like conservation, restoration, regulation and governance, trade, management, sustainability, transformation, reconciling conflicts, subsidies etc.
- Change: Understanding change (e.g. sea-level change, ecosystem changes, extinction and speciation, perceptions of change etc.). Identifying drivers of change (e.g. culture, seismological events, changing consumer / market preferences etc.). Adaptation and responses to change: Human dimensions of responses to change, past and present (e.g. capacity to respond to change, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, vulnerability, social justice and (in)equalities, coastal resilience, climate mitigation, governance of novel threats etc.). Environmental and ecological dimensions of change, past and present (e.g. impacts on marine resources, how ecosystems respond to human uses, marine responses to environmental change etc.)
- Research, impact and communication: this includes things like connecting research impacts to communities and governments; using acoustics to connect people with the ocean; working with diverse, sometimes conflicting stakeholders; asking if research and management are suitable and adaptable to the complexity of issues facing coastal areas; system change in knowledge systems; dealing with rapid environmental policy change (e.g. Brexit, COP26 commitments etc); questions on how to support change (e.g. financing) etc.
- Developing novel approaches, working across different disciplines and methods: this includes things like integrating across different data types, disciplines, existing projects; use of different methods; comparison between marine and terrestrial systems; bridging complexity and simplicity etc.
If you’re a student or researcher at York, please join the network and/or follow our work on Twitter @UniYorkMarine.
Dr Michelle Alexander, Head of Department
Claire Boardman, PhD Researcher
Professor Oliver Craig, Professor of Archaeological Science, Deputy Head of Department
Bea Hardwidge, Undergraduate Student
Dr Niklas Hausmann, Research Associate
Dr Stepanie Piper, Associate Lecturer in Archaeology
Raveena Tamoria, Research Student
Dr Tadhg Carroll, Research Associate
Dr Katie Davis, Lecturer in Palaeobiology
Dr Kelly Redeker, Lecturer
Dr Thierry Tonon, CNAP ART Lecturer in Algal Biology, Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP)
Dr Rosie Chance, Research Fellow
Dr Martina Conti, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Professor Kirsty Penkman, Analytical and Environmental Geochemistry, Biomolecular Archaeology, Member of BioArCh group
Dr. Tom Webb, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Data Analysis
Economics and Related Studies
Lluis Puig Gonzalez, Phd Student
Environment and Geography
Elaine Azzopardi, Research Associate in Ecosystem and Culture Interrelations
Katherine Brookfield, Senior Lecturer
Professor Ioan Fazey, Professor of Social Dimensions of Environment and Change
Ed Garrett, Research Group Leader
Professor Roland Gehrels, Professor and Head of Department
Anna Gilbert, PhD Student
Dr Jonathan Green, Researcher Associate and member of SEI-Y
Widya Hapsari, Research Student
Dr Fiona Hibbert, Research Assistant
Dr Jon Hill, Senior Lecturer
Dr Ella Howes, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Paul Hudson, Lecturer
Dr Sarah Knight, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Katie Lee, Research Student
Lucy McMahon, PhD Student
Bethan O'Leary, Honorary Fellow
Dr Alberto Roca Florido, Research Fellow
Dr Katherine Selby, Senior Lecturer in Quaternary Science and Physical Geography
Dr Bryce Stewart, Senior Lecturer
Dr Julia Touza, Reader
Dr Papiya Mazumdar, Research Fellow
Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC)
Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
Dr Tadhg Carroll, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Kennedy Osuka Edeye, Research Associate
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
School for Business and Society
Juan Candia, PhD Student
School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
Benjamin Henson, Research Associate
Dr Nils Morozs, Research Associate
Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL)
Dr Rosie Chance, Research Fellow
Matthew Jones, Research Associate