Martin Attrill

Prof. Martin Attrill is Research lead for the School of Biological and Marine Sciences at the University of Plymouth. He is a marine ecologist whose primary research interest is focused on the mechanisms behind long term change and large-scale spatial patterns in marine assemblages and populations. He has published over 130 papers in the prime literature and is supporting 9 current PhD students, having successfully mentored 31 other successful PhD graduates. Married with two grown up children, Martin brings a great deal of experience, specialisation and expertise to the team, and is the lead trustee overseeing the link between University of Plymouth and Ocean Giants Trust.

Jenny Hickman

(University of Plymouth)

Jenny is currently studying Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at Plymouth University. As a mature student, Jenny made the decision to come to university after ten years managing environmental education organisations, including London Aquarium and Vauxhall City Farm.

Jenny believes in the power of communication for driving behavioural change and hopes to use her degree to further her career in teaching people about the importance and fragility of the marine environment.  Jenny will be working closely with the Ocean Giants Trust and nine other student scholars throughout her degree to help grow the partnership with Plymouth University and transform Ocean Giants Plymouth in to a sustainable student led organisation.

Bethan McGuiness

Bethan McGuiness-Dean

(University of Plymouth)

Bethan is currently in her second year of studying Marine Biology at Plymouth University and is hoping to extend her studies further by completing a master’s in marine Conservation. Bethan has always been fascinated by marine life and has a real passion in maintaining the oceans naturally occurring systems. She has had previous experience working alongside Falmouth Marine School Lecturers with their own research as well as having her Open Water PADI certificate.

Bethan is one of 10 students at Plymouth University who represents the Ocean Giants Trust Plymouth team and will be working in collaboration with Ocean Giants Trust to raise money and support numerous charities. She is also working as deputy treasurer in order to manage the financial side of the NGO.