The Ocean Conservation Trust has been conducting research for over two decades.  We work with research institutes from around the world, supporting ground-breaking research from undergraduate to novel, industry lead projects. 

Each year we strive to learn more by posing a set of research questions that support the aims of our Research Policy. 

Whether you are a student, a research institute, NGO, SME or large corporate looking to partner with us on a research project, take a look at the list of questions below and contact us here to discuss your ideas further

Project proposals that do not fall into the key areas of research above will be considered if they are felt to be of clear benefit to our Research Policy aims.

The following list has been complied for research aims in 2021:

Husbandry Research 

  • Turtle conditioning for improved welfare practises
  • Different methods of culturing macroalgae
  • Long term evaluation of flow rates both supposed and actual in large exhibits
  • Comparison of seawater in Queen Anne’s Battery, the borehole and salt water reservoir
  • Zooplankton culture and live food protocols
  • Use of sensory enrichment on elasmobranchs – ongoing
  • Assessment of pros and cons of the use of lanthanum chloride in the control of phosphate and turbidity (Ongoing)

  Seagrass Research

  • Optimum conditions for growth of Zostera marina from seed, including substrate, light, temperature, flow, carbon dioxide and nutrients
  • Quantify photosynthetic rate during initial growth of Zostera marina
  • Factors influencing flowering of UK Zostera marina populations
  • Pathogens found in UK Zostera marina populations
  • Engineering solutions for mechanising Zostera marina seed planting for the purpose of restorative efforts
Photo credit: Georgie Bull

Human Dimension of Conservation Research

Our ‘people’ research is based around the following themes for 2021.

Behaviour Change

  • How to embed #thinkocean into behaviour change programmes
  • Longitudinal study of impacts of the National Marine Aquarium on members of the public and ex-staff on pro-environmental behaviours


  • VR in the classroom
  • Evaluating best practice in online ‘formal’ Ocean learning
  • How does learning outside the classroom in a marine environment impact on children with SEN? 
  • How does learning outside the classroom in a marine environment impact on children?
  • How does seeing living specimens in an aquarium vs viewing pictures or video at school affect learning outcomes?

Public and Community

  • Evaluation of success of online engagement with variety of audiences
  • Community connections with the Ocean/National Marine Park
  • Does a visit to an aquarium increase connectedness to nature or nature relatedness and, if so, does this influence
    • Emotional and/or psychological well-being?
    • Pro-environmental behaviour?

Marketing and PR

  • The rise of Ocean communications in the press
  • What is the relationship between morning weather and visits? Desktop led study of historic data vs weather records.

Ocean Literacy

  • Currently open to accept potential research projects on this subject.

UN Decade programme

  • Currently open to accept potential research projects on this subject.

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