Robert Yarlett
PhD Student


I am a marine scientist broadly interested in the responses of marine organisms and ecosystems to environmental change. I graduated from an integrated master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Southampton in 2012, after which I broadened my experience through internships at research institutions and conservation charities in the UK and abroad, including the Natural History Museum, ZSL, and Wildtracks, Belize. During my degree my research projects investigated the ecological function of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)-like proteins in Acropora nobilis, and symbiont assemblages in Porites lobata from the variable environmental conditions of the Arabian Gulf.

For my PhD, I am aiming to quantify the contributions of fish to carbonate cycling on coral reefs. This will be done through a combination of studies on grazing, bioerosion, sediment re-working, and intestinally precipitated calcium carbonate production, primarily focusing on parrotfish.

Broad research specialisms:

Marine Biology, Coral Reef Ecology, Geomorphology of Coral Reefs, Oceanography, Environmental Change


MSci Marine Biology (2012), University of Southampton, First Class Honours.

Contact details

AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

Back | Top of page | Refresh page