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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Dr Leigh Marsh MSci, PhD

Visiting Fellow

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Dr Leigh Marsh is a Visiting Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2014-2016: Independent Research Fellow, University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, UK
2014-Present: Science and Data Manager, Ocean Exploration Trust, USA
2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Southampton, UK
2013-2014: GIS Technician Marine Geoscience, National Oceanography Centre, UK
2009-2014: PhD Deep-sea ecology. Thesis: Controls on faunal microdistribution and reproductive development in deep-sea chemosynthetic environments in the Antarctic, University of Southampton, UK
2007-2009: Marine Ecologist, Emu Ltd (Fugro Emu), UK
2006-2007: Marine Environmental Consultant, Emu Ltd (Fugro Emu), UK
2006: Marine Conservation Officer, Natural England, UK
2005: Marine Biodiversity Officer, Environment Agency, UK
2001-2005: Masters in Oceanography, MOcean (1st Class hons.) University of Southampton

Research interests

As a deep-sea ecologist, I am interested in the distribution and abundance of deep-sea organisms, and the relationship between these organisms and the environment. My research is a multidisciplinary science that relies on the expertise of both geoscientists and biologists with the aim to investigate the mechanisms that underlie community structure, composition and ecological dynamics, and how they are altered by anthropogenic impacts (e.g. mining, trawling) and environmental change (e.g. climate, natural hazards).

The overall focus of my research will underpin the responsible management of these deep-sea ecosystems over different scales, based on integrating specialist ecological knowledge together with social, political and economic values.

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Affiliate research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Research project(s)


Biogeography of deepwater chemosynthetic ecosystems (ChEss) - Dormant

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2009-present: Teaching assistant University of Southampton

2011-present: Guest lecturer SOES6008 Deep-sea ecology

2011: OU Lecturer S330 Oceanography Experience

Dr Leigh Marsh
Ocean and Earth Science
University of Southampton
Waterfront Campus
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
European Way
SO14 3ZH
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