Tayla Leathers BSc

Research Technician

Tayla Leathers on the rocky shore, smiling.


I am a Research Technician in Dr Dan Smale’s group, focusing mainly on marine heatwave experiments. I also help other projects within the Smale group in regards to fieldwork and data collection. I have received a BSc in Biology from the University of Kent, where my project focused on plant viruses and susceptibility. I have recently completed my MRes Marine Biology course at the University of Plymouth, in which I conducted mesocosm experiments to look marine heatwave characteristics and the impact they have on different species of kelp common in Plymouth. I am also interested in the thermotolerance of kelp species, and how different stressors will impact this threshold.