University of Exeter (Centre for Ecology and Conservation)
Penryn, UK

The University of Exeter (UNEXE) combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 22,085 students from more than 130 different countries.


The Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC) resides on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in the heart of Cornwall, surrounded by an area known for its natural beauty. The goal of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation is to understand, predict and conserve natural systems. To this end, the Centre provides cutting-edge teaching and research in evolutionary biology, fundamental and applied ecology, and conservation. Our work is funded by UK research councils, the European Union, charities and government organisations from around the world.


The hallmark of the Centre is an interactive, dynamic and welcoming group of internationally known researchers as well as our innovative and enthusiastically engaged student body. Our enthusiasm and passion for our areas of study and the respect we have for diverse approaches to understanding our natural world has led to rapid growth and success since the Centre was established in 2003. Although our history is short, we are continuing to develop and grow.


Within the CEC is the Marine Turtle Research Group, which has worked with local governments and non-governmental organisations in over 20 countries to highlight the status and distribution of their marine turtle populations and feed the data into policy and conservation planning. In recent years, the group have begun to examine the impacts of plastic pollution on turtles and other marine vertebrates, such as mammals, birds and sharks.


The role of University of Exeter researchers in the INDICIT II project will be to study plastic ingestion and entanglement in turtles and microplastic ingestion in fish, as well as coordinating the communication of the project outcomes.


The representatives of the University of Exeter for INDICIT II are Professor Brendan Godley, Professor Annette Broderick, Dr Emily Duncan and Dr Sarah Nelms.




Brendan Godley

Annette Broderick

Emily Duncan

Sarah Nelms