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. I am an elected councillor with Plymouth City Council. Through my council role, I sit on a number of boards that work at the interface of the marine environment and the public. I volunteer as a trustee for the marine conservation charitable trust Sea-Changers ( and as a mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation.

Broad research specialisms:

My PhD research is interdisciplinary examining the ways in which people pursue active citizenship for the marine environment. This draws on a range of disciplines including marine environmental science, geography, psychology and social sciences. I hope my research will help identify effective ways to develop a 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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