Dr Martin Skov

Reader in Marine Biology

Contact info

Room: 408 Westbury Mount      Phone: 01248 383846

E-mail: mwskov@bangor.ac.uk

Web: Google Scholar


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. 2019
  2. Erosional resilience of salt marshes: : Bio-physical processes from patch to national scales

    Author: Duggan Edwards, M., 23 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Skov, M. (Supervisor), Jenkins, S. (Supervisor) & Garbutt, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  3. 2018
  4. Patterns and processes of saltmarsh area change at three spatial scales

    Author: Ladd, C., 2018

    Supervisor: Skov, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  5. 2015
  6. The effects of saltmarsh conservation grazing on breeding Common Redshank Tringa totanus

    Author: Sharps, E., Jan 2015

    Supervisor: Hiddink, J. (Supervisor) & Skov, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  7. 2013
  8. The broad-scale impacts of livestock grazing on saltmarsh carbon stocks

    Author: Harvey, R., 19 Dec 2013

    Supervisor: Skov, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy