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Richard Unsworth

  • PhD
  • Research Officer
  • Swansea University
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Research interests

Marine BiologyEcological ResilienceSeagrass Ecology

About

Richard's expertise lie in the ecological structuring processes of marine systems and the implications of these systems for society. This focuses primarily on the interrelationships between foundation species, habitat, and associated productive fauna (mainly fish). He is particularly interested in the consequences of cross-scale environmental changes on seagrass meadows functioning and the implications of this for global food security and other ecosystem services. Richard has more than twelve years’ experience of research in marine systems and conducts collaborative interdisciplinary research in Europe, Australia, Indonesia, Columbia and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Based within the SEACAMS team at Swansea, he leads the level 3 module in 'Tropical marine ecology and conservation' and teaches on the MSc module 'Conservation of aquatic resources'. After completing his PhD in 2007, Richard conducted research and consulting work for Sinclair Knight Merz, Brisbane and the Northern Fisheries Centre, Queensland, Australia. He has also worked as an senior ecology lecturer at University of Glamorgan. He is an academic editor at PLoS One and President of the World Seagrass Association. Richard is also a founding director of Project-Seagrass and continues to work as a senior scientist at SeagrassWatchHQ. Other roles include membership of the editorial boards of Marine Pollution Bulletin and Marine Environmental Research. His current research projects include the impact of climate variability on seagrass ecosystems, social-ecological systems analysis, ocean acidification and seagrass, and the resilience and ecosystem service provision of seagrass. Funding is currently through SEACAMS, Darwin, the Waterloo Foundation and the Ocean Foundation.

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Co-authors (162)

Publications (5)

  • Complex yet fauna-deficient seagrass ecosystems at risk in southern Myanmar

    • Jones B
    • Cullen-Unsworth L
    • Howard R
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  • One hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe

    • Ockendon N
    • Thomas D
    • Cortina J
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  • Seagrass meadows support global fisheries production

    • Unsworth R
    • Nordlund L
    • Cullen-Unsworth L
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  • Seagrass research in Southeast Asia

    • Yaakub S
    • Ooi J
    • Buapet P
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  • The discovery of deep-water seagrass meadows in a pristine Indian Ocean wilderness revealed by tracking green turtles

    • Esteban N
    • Unsworth R
    • Gourlay J
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Professional experience

Research Officer

Swansea University

May 2011 - Present

Senior lecturer

University of South Wales

August 2010 - May 2011(9 months)

Fisheries Biologist

Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

July 2008 - August 2010(2 years)

Education

PhD Biological Science

University of Essex

May 2004 - May 2007(3 years)

MSc Marine Environmental Protection

Bangor University

September 2000 - September 2001(a year)

BSc Biological Science

University of Essex

September 1996 - June 1999(3 years)