MBA Deputy Director (Policy and Knowledge Exchange & Marine Environmental Change Network Coordinator)
Office: 01752 6333334
My main role is in developing, promoting and representing the association: an international membership organisation that exists for the benefit of its members and the wider marine biological community. As such I oversee the work of the MBA Journals (JMBA, MBR), the National Marine Biological Library, conferences and training, communications and MBA publications. I am also responsible for policy engagement on behalf of the association.
The association has a laboratory at Citadel hill where I am responsible for the MBA’s Policy and Knowledge Exchange work including data, education and marine evidence. I am also responsible for liaising with the MBA research component on knowledge exchange issues and have my own research areas such as MSFD indicator development (see below).
My main focus in terms of research is the provision and translation of marine scientific research to inform and support policy. To that end I am chair of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) special topic work group, vice-chair of the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group and also sit on numerous other science and policy committees. With a scientific background in marine benthic ecology I have published numerous scientific papers and reports and contributed to a number of assessments, being the lead author/editor for Charting progress 2 (State of Seas 2010) and a lead author for the marine chapter of the National Ecosystem Assessment (2010). I am also the UK technical lead and expert group chair for benthic habitats (sediments) for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The current focus of this role is the development of benthic biodiversity indicators and targets.
I have been the lead coordinator/director for the Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN) for a number of years, runing numerous workshops and publishing a number of reports on long-term marine time series.
I also have a general interest in how marine scientific evidence is used to support policy and have been employed as an independent expert to undertake a number of evidence reviews on behalf of Government Agencies.
Frost, M. T. (2013). Independent Expert Review (IER) of new Regulation 35 conservation advice for Haisborough, Hammond and Winterton candidate Special Area of Conservation (Version 5.1). March 2013.
Frost, M. T. (2013). Independent Expert Review (IER) of new Regulation 35 conservation advice for Studland to Portland candidate Special Area of Conservation (Version 5.1). March 2013.
Stephen de Mora, Matt Frost, Richard Sanders, & Tim Smyth (2013) Final Report for the UK-IMON Implementation Study: A Workshop to explore adding value to existing key monitoring sites, especially for biological and biogeochemical measurements. Report to the Marine Science Coordination Committee, March, 2013.
Frost, M. T., Baxter, J., Buckley, P., Cox, M., Dye, S &Withers-Harvey, N (2012). Impacts of climate change on fish, fisheries and aquaculture. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 22 (3): 331 – 336.
M. H. Depledge, A. J. Harvey, C. Brownlee, M. Frost, M. N. Moore & L. E. Fleming (2012) Changing Views of the Interconnections Between the Oceans and Human Health in Europe. Microbial Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s00248-012-0173-0.
Frost, M. & Widdicombe, S. (2012) Independent expert review of the scientific case for the proposal to designate the Sound of Barra as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Independent scientific report to Scottish Government.
MCCIP (2012) Marine Climate Change Impacts on Fish, Fisheries and Aquaculture. (Eds. Frost M, Baxter JM, Buckley PJ, Cox M, Dye SR and Withers Harvey N) Summary Report, MCCIP, Lowestoft, 12pp.
Frost, M. (2012) Independent Expert Review of the Protocol for the preparation of R35/R18 Conservation Advice Packages. Report to Natural England.
MCCIP (2012). Marine Climate Change Impacts Knowledge Gaps (Eds. Buckley PJ, Dye SD, Frost M and Wallace, CJ), Summary Paper, MCCIP, Lowestoft, 8pp.
Frost, M & Widdicombe, S (2011). Review of the evidence underpinning the scientific selection of marine Possible Special Areas of Conservation (pSACs). Part I: JNCC Offshore sites; Wight-Barfleur Reef; Pisces Reef Complex; and Croker Carbonate Slabs. Independent scientific report to Defra.
Spencer, M., Robinson, L.A., Simpson, S.D., Frid, C.J., Birchenough, S.N.R., Burrows, M.T., Capasso, E., Cleall-Harding, P., Crummy, J., Duck, C., Eloire, D., Frost, M., Hall, A.J., Hawkins, S.J., Johns, D.G., Sims, D.W., Smyth, T.J. & Mieszkowska, N., (2012). State-space models for changes in UK marine communities. Global Change Biology,18(1) 1270-1281
Spencer, M., Birchenough, S.N.R., Mieszkowska, N., Robinson, L.A., Simpson, S.D., Burrows, M.T., Capasso, E., Cleall-Harding, P., Crummy, J., Duck, C., Eloire, D., Frost, M., Hall, A.J., Hawkins, S.J., Johns, D.G., Sims, D.W., Smyth, T.J., and Frid, C.L.J.(2011). Temporal change in UK marine communities: trends or regime shifts? Marine Ecology. 32 (Suppl. 1) (2011) 1–15
Hinz, H., Capasso, E., Lilley, M., Frost, M. T. & Jenkins, S. (2011) Temporal differences across a bio-geographical boundary reveal slow response of sub-littoral benthos to climate change. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 423: 69–82, 2011
Frost, M & Widdicombe, S (2011). Review of the evidence underpinning the scientific selection of marine Possible Special Areas of Conservation (pSACs). Part II: NE Inshore Special Area of Conservation (SAC): Studland to Portland. Independent scientific report to Defra.
Moffat, C., Aish, A., Hawkridge, J. M., Miles, H., Mitchell, P. I., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Frost, M., Greenstreet, S., Pinn, E., Proudfoot, R., Sanderson, W. G. & Tasker, M. L (2011). Advice on United Kingdom biodiversity indicators and targets for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group Report to the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs. August 2011. 210pp.
Austin, M., Frost, M. et al (2011). UK National Ecosystem Assessment: Technical Report: Chapter 12: Marine. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.
Norris, K, Frost, M. et al (2011). UK National Ecosystem Assessment: Technical Report: Chapter 4: Biodiversity in the Context of Ecosystem Services. (lead author on marine reptiles section and author on marine mammals section). UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.
Charting Progress 2: The State of UK Seas. (2010). Authors (alphabetical). Paul Buckley, David Connor, David Cook, Martyn Cox, Tabitha Dale, Stephen Dye, Matt Frost et al. Defra, London.
UKMMAS. Ed. M. Frost. (2010). Charting Progress 2 Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Feeder Report (2010).
Frost, M. (2010). Overall Assessment. In: Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group Feeder Report. UKMMAS (2010). Ed. M. Frost. Defra.
Frost, M. (2010). Introduction. In: Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group Feeder Report. UKMMAS (2010). Ed. M. Frost. Defra.
Frost, M. (2010). Preface/executive summary. In: Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group Feeder Report. UKMMAS (2010). Ed. M. Frost. Defra.
UKMMAS. Ed. J Huthnance. (2010). Charting Progress 2 Ocean Processes Feeder Report (2010). (Co–editor: Mieszkowska, N: Contributing author: Frost, M. T.).
Frost, M. (2010). Assessing the status of seas and oceans: determining the roles of science and policy. Biologia Marina Mediterranea. 17 (1): 6-10
Ruth Callaway, Nicolas Desroy, Stanislas F. Dubois, Jerome Fournier, Matthew Frost, Laurent Godet, Vicki J. Hendrick and Marijn Rabaut (2010) Ephemeral Bio-engineers or Reef-building Polychaetes: How Stable are Aggregations of the Tube Worm Lanice conchilega (Pallas, 1766)? Integrative and Comparative Biology. 50 (2): 237 – 251.
E. Capasso, S.R. Jenkins, M. Frost & H. Hinz (2010). Investigation of benthic community change over a century-wide scale in the Western English Channel. Journal of the Marine Biological Association. 90(6): 1161–1172.
Frost, M. T. (2013). Overview of the MSFD spatial extent and distribution: proposed indicators and targets. Mary Ward House, London 21st – 22nd March 2013. INVITED SPEAKER (CONFERENCE ORGANISER).
Frost, M. T. (2012). Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Developing indicators for UK benthic habitats. EMBOS /EuroMarine WP5 /LifeWatch, December 3rd – 5th, Lecce, Italy. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2012). Evidence of climate change in the marine environment. Natural England (Webinar). May 21st, 2012. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2012). Impacts and adaptation: Making our evidence user-friendly. Defra, Nobel House, London May 15th, 2012. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2012). The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership:Fish, Fisheries and Aquaculture. Ministerial launch (with UK Environment Minister Richard Benyon MP and Scottish Environment Minister Richard Lochead), May 7th 2012 , Edinburgh. INVITED SPEAKER / EVENT CHAIR.
Frost, M. T (2012). Where are the Knowledge Gaps? Providing evidence on the impacts of climate variability and change on shelf and coastal marine environments: A Strategic Ocean Funding Initiative Workshop: 22-23 Feb 2012, Dartington, UK. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M.T (2012) Policy Framework and potential policy outputs. UK-IMON meeting. Nobel House, Defra, London. February 3rd 2012. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2011). Oceans – a world of Change. Climate Change: biodiversity and people on the front line conference, Royal society, London. November 9th, 2011. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2010). Charting Progress 2 – achievements, lessons learned and future challenges. SOFI Workshop on UK Marine Ecosystem Observations, NOC, Southampton, November 23rd & 24th, 2010. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2010). Long-term monitoring in the marine environment: the Marine Environmental Change Network. Given at ‘Beyond 2010: strategies for understanding and responding to long-term trends in UK biodiversity’, Natural History Museum, London. November 17th, 2010. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. Et al (2010). Ecosystem Services from the Marine Environment and Coasts. The Marine and Coastal Access Act – what does it mean for biodiversity research? Joint session: BES and UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group (UK BRAG). September 8th, BES, Leeds University. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2010). Marine Science and Research in the South West: delivering the evidence to support management. Devon Maritime Forum. Dawlish Warren. 30th June, 2010. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2010). Assessing the status of seas and oceans: determining the roles of science and policy. 41st Congress of the Società Italiana di Biologia Marina, 7-11 June 2010, Rapallo, Italy. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2009). Sabellaria alveolata: long term monitoring and factors influencing recovery/restoration. The Conservation of Annelid Reefs. September 16th – 18th 2009, Cresco, Dinard, France. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2009). Charting Progress 2: State of UK Seas (2010). Marine Spatial Planning and Ecosystem-based Management: Approaches and Tools. September 3rd 2009, Plymouth University. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2009). The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership – exploring ecosystem linkages. Ministerial launch (with Environment Minister Huw Aranca-Davies MP), April 28th 2009 Defra, London. INVITED SPEAKER/ EVENT CHAIR.
Frost, M. T. (2008). The Marine Management Organisation – Marine Research for evidence based policy. November 19th, 2008. The Marine Bill: Making the Policy Work. London. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T., Buckley, P. & Dye, S. D. (2008). Informing targets by communicating climate change science to policy makers: the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership. November 11th – 15th , 2008. MarBEF World Biodiversity Conference, Valencia, Spain. Oral presentation.
Frost, M. T. (2008) Research into Policy – bridging the gap. June 17th – 18th, 2008. International Ocean Stewardship Forum, Southampton. Oral presentation. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2008). Climate Change and the Marine Environment: communicating marine climate change impacts in a multi-pressured system. February 8th, 2007. A wave forward for Wales – WCMP Conference – Marine and Coastal Policy. Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales. Oral presentation.
Frost, M. T. (2008). The Marine Environmental Change Network. January 18th, 2008. Marine Environment and Marine Biodiversity R&d Programme Review. Defra, Nobel House,London. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2007). Marine Ecosystems and why one trillion dollars represents a sound investment. November 15th, 2007. Earthwatch Debate, Royal Geographical Society,London. INVITED SPEAKER.
Frost, M. T. (2007). The EU research community: policy engagement and key issues. October, 2007. European Platform for BiodiversityResearch Strategy meeting. E-conference “Life on the blue Planet: Biodiversity research and the new European Marine Policies”. INVITED SPEAKER
Frost, M. T., Kraberg, A., Buchholz, et al. (2007). Large-scale analysis of European biodiversity data to detect temporal effects and common trends. August 27th – 31st, 2007. European Marine Biology Symposium. Kiel, Germany. Oral presentation.
Frost, M. T., Buckley, P. & Dye, S. (2007). Communicating marine climate change impacts in a multi-pressured system: the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership and the Marine Environmental Change Network. July 4th –July 6th, 2007. Change in Aquatic Ecosystems: Natural and Human Influences. Plymouth, UK. Oral presentation.
Frost, M. T. (2007). Marine biodiversity and climate change: evidence from long-term research.May 12th, 2007. International Climate Change Campaign Conference. University of London, London. INVITED SPEAKER.
MSFD Benthic Indicators Workshop – Potential use of mapped extent and distribution of habitats as indicators of GES. Mary Ward House, London 21st – 22nd March 2013. Main organiser with JNCC.
UK-IMON: Towards a single UK marine observatory, November 27th and 28th, 2012. On organising committee and invited session chair.
Oceans of Potential. September 11th and 12th, 2012. Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth. Member of organising committee.
1st Marine Management Organisation Conference “How we manage our seas in the real world’. September 13th and 14th 2011. Lead organiser (with UoP).
Marine and Coastal Policy Forum. June 22nd – 24th, 2011. Plymouth University. Invited session chair.
MECN, MBA (2010). NERC Strategic Ocean Funding Initiative (SOFI) workshop 2010. Delivering and Using UK Marine Ecosystem Observations. NOC, Southampton, 23-24 November 2010. Co-convened and organised by MBA, NOC, NERC, University of Liverpool & Cefas.
MECN, MBA (2010). Beyond 2010: strategies for understanding and responding to long-term trends in UK biodiversity. November 16th & 17th, 2010. Natural History Museum, London. Member of workshop organising committee.
MBA (2010). Global Environmental Change in the Marine Environment. Joint MBA Annual Science and PMSP Meeting. 3 June 2010. University of Plymouth, UK.
MECN, MBA, Natural England, Met Office (2009) A Changing Climate for Maritime Biodiversity: linking science to practice. November, 2009. Met Office, Exeter.
MECN (2009) MECN Long-term Datasets Analysis Workshop (funded by Defra) 18-20 February 2009, Marine Biological Association, Plymouth.
MECN, UKMMAS (DEFRA) & NERC workshop 2008: UK marine observatories and ecosystem-based time series: current status, science links and contribution to policy. 10 -11 June 2008, Marine Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth.
MECN / ECN workshop 2008: Living with environmental change: towards integration of marine, freshwater and terrestrial long-term observations and research. February 5th and 6th, 2008. Defra Innovation Centre,Reading.
The evaluation of time series: their scientific value and contribution to policy needs. The Marine Environmental Change Network Annual Workshop (December 1st-2nd, 2005). Marine Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth. – This conference was run as a joint activity with the Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning EU Network of Excellence (MarBEF) and attended by over 50 scientists, policy makers and end-users.