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Emma Ward

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Life Sciences
Knowledge Exchange Administrator
Research and Enterprise Office
 Emma Ward
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    +44 (0) 1206 876127

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    3.602, Colchester Campus

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Biography

I am available to support Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects at the University of Essex, as well as providing wider administrative support to the Business Engagement Team. My team identifies innovative solutions to help businesses grow through knowledge exchange and partnerships with world-leading academics. My background in marine biology, coastal ecology and botany has seen me spend the last three years partaking in a knowledge exchange role, both on-site and remotely, as a researcher liaising between the University of Essex and the partner Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. During which my engagement with businesses and other higher education institutions has instigated new research collaborations with partners such as BioBase by C-Map and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. It is my passion for research and knowledge exchange that has led me to my current role as Knowledge Exchange Administrator at the University of Essex. I am also in the process of completing my research masters at the University of Essex on the carbon sequestration potential of seagrass in the Aegean Sea, completed in partnership with Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation.

Research and professional activities

Thesis

Productivity and carbon sequestration potential of seagrass ecosystems in the eastern Aegean Sea

There is renewed interest in seagrasses because their large capacity to sequester carbon in long term carbon sinks poses them as a major contributor to the removal of atmospheric carbon. In the Mediterranean the dominant seagrass is Posidonia oceanica and within this region it plays an integeral role in carbon sequestration. In this thesis I assess the productivity and carbon sequestration potential of the dominant seagrass Posidonia oceanica and the non-indigenous seagrass Halophila stipulacea.

Supervisor: Dr Thomas Cameron

Research interests

The use of storm fragments and biodegradable replanting methods allows for a low-impact habitat restoration method of seagrass meadows, in the eastern Aegean Sea

Seagrasses are important marine ecosystems but are vulnerable to physical damage from anthropogenic activities such as anchoring. Replanting damaged areas can represent a viable restoration strategy, yet current methods rely on the removal of plants from existing meadows. However utilising storm fragments of the endemic Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica represent a sustainable replanting strategy. www.conservationevidence.com/individual-study/7222

Contact

e.ward@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 876127

Location:

3.602, Colchester Campus