Meet the team
Dr Raymond Ward, course leader
I mainly research the impacts of global change (climate change, pollution, anthropogenic degradation) on coastal ecosystems from a geomorphological, ecological and geochemical perspective. I work extensively throughout Brazil, Argentina, Estonia, and the Arctic. I am a member of the Blue Carbon working group in Brazil developing research and implementing projects related to carbon mitigation strategies within coastal environments.
I use a wide variety of techniques within my teaching and incorporate case studies from my own research and experience to provide a background to the topics and theories I am teaching, principally focused on coastal environments and sediment analysis. Students are often invited to participate in current research projects, which can be linked to dissertations.
Prof Chris Joyce, Professor of Ecology
I am director of the Centre for Aquatic Environments with over 25 years of ecological research experience focusing on wetland ecology, management and restoration.
I think it is important to recognise the critical role humans play in shaping ‘natural’ systems through their relationships with nature conservation. This is a key theme in my research but also in my teaching, which often involves students discussing contemporary conservation issues, for example in mock press conferences or conventions.
I am passionate about fieldwork, teaching field-based ecological skills such as plant and wildlife identification, ecological surveys and sampling, habitat mapping, and interpreting the landscape. I have taught such skills in many habitats, including ponds, rivers, sea shores, salt marshes, floodplains, grasslands, woodlands and urban environments, and during residential field courses in the UK and abroad. I also like to make use of the local area for teaching, such as Cuckmere Haven.
Prof James Ebdon, Professor of Environmental Microbiology
I am an Environmental Microbiologist interested in the role of water in the spread and control of water-related diseases. I'm particularly interested in how we can protect human health and aquatic environments.
My teaching draws heavily on current and recent research projects investigating water quality in Africa (UNICEF), Asia (Gates Foundation), and South America (Santander, British Council, Newton Fund).
Much of my teaching also involves a fieldwork component to ensure students have a sound grasp of methods used for water quality monitoring. Students who take these modules come from a variety of disciplines including environmental science, geography, biology, chemistry, ecology, civil engineers and geology. Getting students with different, often complementary skillsets to work together across disciplines is useful preparation for the work-based challenges that await them beyond university.
Find out about the rest of the course team
Prof Rebecca Elmhirst, Dr Corina Ciocan, Dr James Cole, Prof David Nash, Dr Niall Burnside, Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou, Dr Sarah Purnell, Dr Ryan Woodard, Dr Lorna Linch, Dr Mary Gearey.