Pamela Buchan
PhD student


I pursued Marine Biology through degree and into postgraduate research, specializing in tidal and lunar chronobiology (body clocks) in juveniles of the King Ragworm. I then moved into a ten year career in public engagement with science, predominantly working across the North of England with the British Science Association delivering events, running networks and managing volunteers, during which time I also grew my young family. Towards the end of my time with the BSA I completed a part time MSc in Coastal Zone Management, with a view to returning both to research and to my former marine specialism. In my spare time, I am trustee, and former Chair of trustees, for the marine conservation charitable trust Sea-Changers ( I am on the executive committee of Scientists for Labour and participate in the board of Labour Coast and Country. I have also been a mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation since 2014.

Broad research specialisms:

My research interests lie in the marine environmental field and I am particularly interested in effectively engaging the public in marine citizenship. This cuts across disciplines including marine environmental science, psychology and social sciences (e.g. economics and politics). I hope my postgraduate research will help identify effective ways to develop a public consciousness and sense of citizenship duty towards good marine environmental health.


BSc (hons) Marine Biology,
MSc Coastal Zone Management,
MRes Environment, Energy and Resilience (pending)

Contact details

AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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