Dr Martin Skov

Reader in Marine Biology

Contact info

Room: 408 Westbury Mount      Phone: 01248 383846

E-mail: mwskov@bangor.ac.uk

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I did a BSc (1st Class Hons) in marine biology with Bangor University in 1996, which followed by a PhD in mangrove ecology with Liverpool University in 2001. My postdoctoral career took me through a two year research fellowship with Lisbon University in Portugal, studying crustacean recruitment dynamics, a one year postdoc with Bangor University on phytoplankton research, and a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship with Southampton University, in which I used intertidal snails and biofilms to test model predictions related to resource distribution and habitat fragmentation. I returned to Bangor University in 2009 for a Research Lectureship, which in January 2013 led to a permanent lectureship and later a Senior Lectureship with the School of Ocean Sciences.

I am an experimental ecologist with particular interests in the ecological functioning and ecosystem services of coastal salt marshes, mangroves and seagrasses. My research focuses particularly on regulators of landscape-scale functioning, such as examining what determines the delivery of natural coastal protection and carbon sequestration by marshes and mangroves, and explaining and predicting long- and medium-term changes in marsh and mangrove area cover. I have a strong interest in the human interactions with coastal wetlands, including wellbeing associations and how ecosystem management impacts on ecosystem service delivery. My work includes fundamental experimentation with ecosystem simulations in the field and hydrological flumes, use of historical data, records and systematic observations for understanding long-term processes in coastal systems.

 

Research Areas

Marine Ecology

Marine Conservation and Resource Management

Sediment Dynamics and Morphology

 

  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. Published

    A framework linking ecosystem services and human well-being: Saltmarsh as a case study

    Rendon, O. R., Garbutt, A., Skov, M., Moller, I., Alexander, M., Ballinger, R., Wyles, K., Smith, G., McKinley, E., Griffin, J., Thomas, M., Davidson, K., Pages, J., Read, S. & Beaumont, N., Dec 2019, In : People and Nature. 1, 4, p. 486-496

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Published

    Between a rock and a hard place: Environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures

    Firth, L. B., Thompson, R. C., Bohn, K., Abbiati, M., Airoldi, L., Bouma, T. J., Bozzeda, F., Ceccherelli, V. U., Colangelo, M. A., Evans, A., Ferrario, F., Hanley, M. E., Hinz, H., Hoggart, S. P., Jackson, J. E., Moore, P., Morgan, E. H., Perkol-Finkel, S., Skov, M. W., Strain, E. M., van Belzen, J. & Hawkins, S. J., 1 May 2014, In : Coastal Engineering. 87, p. 122-135

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Published

    Biodiversity in intertidal rock pools: Informing engineering criteria for artificial habitat enhancement in the built environment

    Firth, L. B., Schofield, M., White, F. J., Skov, M. W. & Hawkins, S. J., 1 Dec 2014, In : Marine Environmental Research. 102, December, p. 122-130

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    Decomposition of mangrove roots: effects of location, nutrients, species identity and mix in a Kenyan forest.

    Huxham, M., Langat, J., Tamooh, F., Kennedy, H., Mencuccini, M., Skov, M. W. & Kairo, J. G., 10 Jun 2010, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 88, 1, p. 135-142

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published

    Editorial: Structure, Functioning and Conservation of Coastal Vegetated Wetlands

    Richir, J., Bouillon, S., Gobert, S., Skov, M. & Borges, A. V., 29 May 2020, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 8, 4 p., 134.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. Published

    External conditions drive optimal planting configurations for salt marsh restoration

    Duggan Edwards, M. F., Pages, J. F., Jenkins, S. R., Bouma, T. J. & Skov, M. W., Mar 2020, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 57, 3, p. 619-629

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. Published

    Facing the future: the importance of substratum features for ecological engineering of artificial habitats in the rocky intertidal

    Firth, L. B., White, F. J., Schofield, M., Hanley, M. E., Burrows, M. T., Thompson, R. C., Skov, M. W., Evans, A. J., Moore, P. J. & Hawkins, S. J., 13 Jul 2015, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 67, 1, p. 131-143

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  9. Published

    Grazing reduces bee abundance and diversity in saltmarshes by suppressing flowering of key plant species

    Davidson, K. E., Fowler, M. S., Skov, M., Forman, D., Alison, J., Botham, M., Beaumont, N. & Griffin, J., 1 Apr 2020, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 291, 106760.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  10. Published

    Growth of Crassostrea gigas spat and juveniles under differing environmental conditions at two sites in Wales

    King, J. W., Malham, S. K., Skov, M. W., Cotter, E., Latchford, J. W., Culloty, S. C. & Beaumont, A. R., 1 Jul 2006, In : Aquatic Living Resources. 19, 3, p. 289-297

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. Published

    Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: Opportunities & steps to take

    Bouma, T. J., van Belzen, J., Balke, T., Zhu, Z., Airoldi, L., Blight, A. J., Davies, A. J., Galvan, C., Hawkins, S. J., Hoggart, S. P., Lara, J. L., Losada, I. J., Maza, M., Ondiviela, B., Skov, M. W., Strain, E. M., Thompson, R. C., Yang, S., Zanuttigh, B., Zhang, L. & Herman, P. M., 1 May 2014, In : Coastal Engineering. 87, p. 147-157

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  12. Published
  13. Published

    Influence of species richness and environmental context on early survival of replanted mangroves at Gazi bay, Kenya.

    Kirui, B. Y., Huxham, M., Kairo, J. & Skov, M. W., 1 May 2008, In : Hydrobiologia. 603, p. 171-181

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  14. Published

    Intra- and inter-specific facilitation in mangroves may increase resilience to climate change threats.

    Huxham, M., Kumara, M. P., Jayatissa, L. P., Krauss, K. W., Kairo, J., Langat, J., Mencuccini, M., Skov, M. W. & Kirui, B., 12 Jul 2010, In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 365, 1549, p. 2127-2135

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. Published

    Intraspecific Root Trait Variability Along Environmental Gradients Affects Salt Marsh Resistance to Lateral Erosion

    de Battisti, D., Fowler, M. S., Jenkins, S. R., Skov, M. W., Rossi, M., Bouma, T. J., Neyland, P. J. & Griffin, J. N., 8 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7, 150.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. Published

    Large-scale predictions of salt-marsh carbon stock based on simple observations of plant community and soil type

    Ford, H., Garbutt, A., Duggan-Edwards, M., Pages, J. F., Harvey, R., Ladd, C. & Skov, M. W., 25 Jan 2019, In : Biogeosciences. 16, 2, p. 425-436 436 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  17. Published

    Light grazing of saltmarshes increases the availability of nest sites for Common Redshank Tringa totanus, but reduces their quality

    Sharps, E., Garbutt, A., Hiddink, J. G., Smart, J. & Skov, M. W., 1 Apr 2016, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 221, p. 71-78

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  18. Published

    Light grazing of saltmarshes is a direct and indirect cause of nest failure in Common Redshank Tringa totanus

    Sharps, E., Smart, J., Skov, M. W., Garbutt, A. & Hiddink, J. G., 2 Mar 2015, In : Ibis. 157, 2, p. 239-249

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  19. Published

    Livestock grazing alters multiple ecosystem properties and services in salt marshes: a meta-analysis

    Davidson, K. E., Fowler, M. S., Skov, M., Doerr, S. H., Beaumont, N. & Griffin, J. N., Oct 2017, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 54, 5, p. 1395-1405

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  20. Published

    Mangrove carbon stocks and biomass partitioning in an extreme environment

    Chatting, M., Le Vay, L., Walton, M., Skov, M., Kennedy, H., Wilson, S. & Al Maslamani, I., 1 Oct 2020, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 244, 106940.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  21. Published

    Multiple trait dimensions mediate stress gradient effects on plant biomass allocation, with implications for coastal ecosystem services.

    de Battisti, D., Fowler, M. S., Jenkins, S., Skov, M., Bouma, T. J., Neyland, P. J. & Griffin, J., Jul 2020, In : Journal of Ecology. 108, 4, p. 1227-1240

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  22. Published

    Nest trampling and ground nesting birds: quantifying temporal and spatial overlap between cattle activity and breeding redshank

    Sharps, E., Smart, J., Mason, L. R., Jones, K., Skov, M., Garbutt, A. & Hiddink, J., Aug 2017, In : Ecology and Evolution. 7, 16, p. 6622-6633

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  23. Published

    No detectable broad-scale effect of livestock grazing on soil blue-carbon stock in salt marshes.

    Harvey, R. J., Garbutt, A., Hawkins, S. J. & Skov, M. W., 10 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7, 151.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  24. Published

    Opposing indirect effects of domestic herbivores on saltmarsh erosion

    Pages Fauria, J., Jenkins, S., Bouma, T., Sharps, E. & Skov, M., 30 Nov 2018, In : Ecosystems.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  25. Published

    Outwelling from arid mangrove systems is sustained by inwelling of seagrass productivity

    Walton, M. E., Al-Maslamani, I., Skov, M. W., Al-Shaikh, I., Al-Ansari, I. S., Kennedy, H. A. & Le Vay, L., 17 Jul 2014, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 507, p. 125-137

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  26. Published

    Past and present grazing boosts the photo-autotrophic biomass of biofilms.

    Skov, M. W., Volkelt-Igoe, M., Hawkins, S. J., Jesus, B., Thompson, R. C. & Doncaster, C. P., 22 Feb 2010, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 401, p. 101-111

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  27. Published

    Patchiness in resource distribution mitigates habitat loss: insights from high-shore grazers.

    Skov, M. W., Hawkins, S. J., Volkelt-Igoe, M., Pike, J., Thompson, R. C. & Doncaster, C. P., 1 May 2011, In : Ecosphere. 2, 5, p. 60

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  28. Published

    Rapid losses of surface elevation following tree girdling and cutting in tropical mangroves

    Kipkorir, J., Lang'at, S., Kairo, J. G., Mencuccini, M., Bouillon, S., Skov, M. W., Waldron, S. & Huxham, M., 22 Sep 2014, In : PLoS ONE. 9, 9

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  29. Published

    Sediment supply explains long-term and large-scale patterns in saltmarsh lateral expansion and erosion

    Ladd, C. J. T., Duggan Edwards, M. F., Bouma, T. J., Pages, J. F. & Skov, M. W., 28 Oct 2019, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 46, 20, p. 11178-11187

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  30. Published

    Soil stabilization linked to plant diversity and environmental context in coastal wetlands

    Ford, H., Garbutt, A., Ladd, C., Malarkey, J. & Skov, M. W., Mar 2016, In : Journal of Vegetation Science. 27, 2, p. 259-268

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  31. Published

    Species mixing boosts root yield in mangrove trees

    Lang’at, J. K., Kirui, B. K., Skov, M. W., Kairo, J. G., Mencuccini, M. & Huxham, M., 1 Oct 2012, In : Oecologia.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  32. Published

    The importance of canopy complexity in shaping seasonal spider and beetle assemblages in saltmarsh habitats

    Ford, H., Evans, B., van Klink, R., Skov, M. & Garbutt, A., 1 Apr 2017, In : Ecological Entomology. 42, 2, p. 145-155

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  33. Chapter › Research › Peer-reviewed
  34. Published

    The Intertidal Zone of the North-East Atlantic Region: Pattern and Process

    Hawkins, S. J., Pack, K. E., Firth, L. B., Mieszkowska, N., Evans, A. J., Martins, G. M., Åberg, P., Adams, L. C., Arenas, F., Boaventura, D. M., Bohn, K., Borges, C. D. G., Castro, J. J., Coleman, R. A., Crowe, T. P., Cruz, T., Davies, M. S., Epstein, G., Faria, J., Ferreira, J. G., Frost, N. J., Griffin, J. N., Hanley, ME., Herbert, R. J. H., Hyder, K., Johnson, M. P., Lima, F. P., Masterson-Algar, P., Moore, P. J., Moschella, P. S., Notman, G. M., Pannacciulli, F. G., Ribeiro, P. A., Santos, A. M., Silva, A. C. F., Skov, M. W., Sugden, H., Vale, M., Wangkulangkul, K., Wort, E. J. G., Thompson, R. C., Hartnoll, R. G., Burrows, M. T. & Jenkins, S. R., Sep 2019, Interactions in the Marine Benthos: Global Patterns and Processes. Hawkins, S. J., Bohn, K., Firth, L. B. & Williams, G. A. (eds.). 1 ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Vol. 87. p. 7-46 40 p. (Systematics Assocations; vol. Special Volume 87).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  35. Commissioned report › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  36. Published

    Science to Policy: Salt Marsh Resilience and Coastal Management

    Wiik, E., Toberman, H., Skov, M., Jenkins, S., Pages Fauria, J., Ballinger, R., McKinley, E., Hall, C., Griffin, J., Fowler, M. S., de Battisti, D. & Garbutt, A., Mar 2019, Ser Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment. (Science to Policy)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  37. Commissioned report › Research › Peer-reviewed
  38. Published

    Climate change and marine conservation: Saltmarsh

    Ladd, C., Skov, M., Lewis, H. & Leegwater, E., 1 Oct 2018, MCCIP. 8 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report