Sophie Corrigan

PhD Student

Sophie Corrigan smiling in a wetsuit on the rocky shore surrounded by seaweeds

I am a PhD student at the University of Exeter, the Marine Biological Association and Cefas. My research focuses on evaluating and maximising the environmental benefits of seaweed farming in the Southwest, particularly in terms of quantifying the habitat value and biodiversity supported by seaweed farms. I investigate everything from the small epibionts colonising the farms, to benthic infauna and mobile fish populations of potential conservation and commercial importance. The aim of this work is to inform the regulation and development of ecosystem-based approaches to aid in the expansion of seaweed cultivation around the UK. Previously, I studied MSci Marine Biology at the University of Exeter, where I worked on diverse research projects from the effects of clutch relocation on loggerhead sea turtles, to the development of a low-cost in situ method to quantify estuarine-air carbon dioxide fluxes. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant on the Atlantic Meridional Transect Ocean Flux from Satellite Campaign (AMT4OceanSatFlux) funded by the European Space Agency. This project estimated Atlantic Ocean carbon dioxide exchange using satellite and in situ data to enhance monitoring and validate current predictions of the ocean carbon sink. Outside of academia, I am passionate about science communication and wildlife filmmaking.