Prof Stuart Jenkins

Professor in Marine Biology

Contact info

Room: 404 Westbury Mount      Phone: 01248 382896


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I graduated in Zoology from Cambridge University in 1990 and undertook my PhD in intertidal ecology at Port Erin Marine Laboratory, on the Isle of Man between 1991 and 1995. I remained at Port Erin for a further 6 years, undertaking two post-doctoral research posts, the first, within the EUROROCK project, addressing ecological questions on intertidal rocky shores over a European scale and the second, examining the impacts of demersal fishing techniques on benthic communities. In 2001 I was appointed a Research Fellow at the Marine Biological Association where I developed a research group in experimental benthic ecology. In 2007 I moved to the School of Ocean Sciences, in 2009 was appointed Reader in Marine Ecology and was awarded a personal chair in 2015.

I am an experimental benthic ecologist and over the past 25 years I have addressed questions in both fundamental and applied ecology in intertidal and shallow sub-littoral habitats.  Particular areas of interest include: the transport, supply and recruitment dynamics of benthic invertebrate larvae; the role of ecosystem engineers and key herbivores in intertidal systems and the generality of their effects over large geographic scales; the role of biodiversity in marine systems; the ecology of non native species and practical biosecurity interventions; anthropogenic impacts in the marine environment.   I take an empirical approach using a combination of field / mesocosm experiments  and long term surveys.  

Research Areas

  1. 2021
  2. Towards sustainable fisheries management; addressing evidence-gaps in baited-pot fisheries in the Irish Sea

    Author: Emmerson, J., 15 Sep 2021

    Supervisor: Jenkins, S. (Supervisor) & Bloor, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  3. An interdisciplinary approach to understanding predator modification of antipredator traits in prey

    Author: Karythis, S., 22 Jun 2021

    Supervisor: Jenkins, S. (Supervisor), Whiteley, N. (Supervisor), McCarthy, I. (Supervisor) & Gimenez Noya, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  4. 2019
  5. 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

  6. 2018
  7. Living at the edge: Ecology of Patella species in Britain

    Author: Orostica Vega, M., 19 Dec 2018

    Supervisor: Jenkins, S. (Supervisor) & Hawkins, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  8. 2016
  9. Community level effects of variable recruitment of a key species Mytilus edulis L. in the rocky intertidal

    Author: Wangkulangkul, K., Jan 2016

    Supervisor: Jenkins, S. (Supervisor) & Hawkins, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  10. Will warming affect food web structure?

    Author: Jenkins, S., Jan 2016

    Supervisor: Jenkins, S. (Supervisor), Gimenez Noya, J. (Supervisor) & Davies, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  11. 2012
  12. Determining the habitat requirements of demersal fish for the design of marine protected areas

    Author: Johnson, A., Jan 2012

    Supervisor: Jenkins, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  13. Marine protected areas : efficacy, implementation and management

    Author: Sciberras, M., Jan 2012

    Supervisor: Jenkins, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy