PhD student wins National Student Awards



School of Life Sciences PhD student Flora Kent has won the P1 Marine Foundation National Student Awards for her project “The use of ecosystem services to support conservation of shellfish reefs”.

The National Student Awards recognise UK students who present outstanding work that will help to protect and conserve the marine environment. Projects are chosen for their originality, environmental merit and ground breaking content.

The project

Flora’s work uses innovative techniques to investigate the provision of ecosystem services by horse mussel reefs to support marine policy and conservation. By working with local fishermen, she has shown the value of these reefs for supporting sustainable communities. Further to this, Flora is heavily involved in public engagement activities with her research group and regularly runs events at science festivals, including touch tanks presentations to the public to raise awareness of the threats to our marine environment.

The awards ceremony will take place in London in February and will involve prize giving and presentations from the winning students.