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Mrs Hannah M Parry-Wilson MSc, BSc

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Hannah is a current University of Southampton SPITFIRE funded PhD Student based at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, looking at the biogeographic range shifts and physiological tolerances of native gastropods in response to climate change effects within the Mieszkowska Group.

Hannah recently finished working as a Field Assistant for the citizen science project ‘Capturing our Coast’ after graduating from a Masters degree in Applied Marine Science at the University of Plymouth in 2017 after a career change from media and performance. Previously, Hannah graduated from both a BSc and HND at Salford University in 2010 from the subjects of Professional Broadcast Techniques and Media Performance respectively. Her experiences working around the world and learning to scuba dive following her undergraduate study invoked her passions to pursue a career in marine ecology and conservation, which prompted her return to education.

Research interests

My main research interests include various aspects of intertidal ecology, from the effects of climate change, biogeographic ranges shifts, to invertebrate taxonomy, genetics and invasive species. I am also interested in ocean literacy, marine policy and management, as well as subtidal ecology from a love of scuba diving.

As Field Assistant for the ‘Capturing our Coast’ team and part of the Mieszkowska Group at the Marine Biological Association, I have been involved in two studies that are ongoing; 

  • Gonad analysis of three native UK topshell species to compare spawning cycles in response to rising sea surface temperatures.
  • Analysing the biodiversity of the invasive seaweed Sargassum muticum to assess what epifauna and epiflora are utilising it as a habitat.

Hannah recently published her first paper (Parry-Wilson et al., 2019), 'Assessing behavioural and social responses to an eco-mooring trial for Zostera marina conservation management in Torbay, Southwest England', as a result of her masters degree research at the University of Plymouth in collaboration with the National Marine Aquarium and SeaTorbay.


Phillip Fenberg
Nova Mieszkowska
Stephen J Hawkins

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Affiliate research group

Mieszkowska Group – Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change

Student mentor at University of Plymouth.

PlyMSEF 2019 Conference Committee member.

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