Project Management



Nicole Esteban
Project Manager, SEACAMS
Focal Contact Point
Research expertise: Biodiversity conservation, sea turtle research.

A marine biologist with a focus on tropical coastal management: I have 20 years’ experience in integrated coastal zone research including management of a Marine and National Park and various bilateral R&D programmes funded by DFID, EU, ERDF & IUCN. Research has included environmental, fishery and megafauna assessments in the British Indian Ocean Territory, Caribbean, Egypt, Nigeria & Uganda. I have produced Protected Area Management Plans, targeted Species Monitoring Plans and Environmental Impact Assessments, with an ongoing personal interest in. Research interests lie in the co-management of natural resources and understanding of spatial and habitat use by marine species, with a focus on sea turtles and reef fisheries.

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Helena Sainsbury
Project Administrator, SEACAMS2
With a clerical, finance & executive background in business of over 20 years, I provide the SEACAMS team with day to day administrative support and am responsible for the preparation of the quarterly claims for submission to the PM before onward transmission to REIS and WEFO.


Prof. Kam W. Tang
Swansea PI for SEACAMS2
Research expertise: planktonic and microbial processes, biogeochemistry, algal ecology and applications.

I am an aquatic scientist with keen interests in plankton ecology and biogeochemistry. Plankton, which include viruses, bacteria, phytoplankton, protozoan and metazoan zooplankton, not only constitute the bulk of the aquatic biomass and the foundation of the aquatic food web, but also drive most of the biogeochemical processes in the water column. My work involves field sampling, experimentation and modelling, and I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research.

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Dr Jim Bull
Swansea Co-PI for SEACAMS2
Research expertise: disease ecology, ecological genomics, metapopulations, population biology and spatial dynamics.
I lead the SpacePop research group in the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, investigating spatial connectivity in population dynamics and the population-level consequences of movement, as well as disease ecology. Through SEACAMS2, I am developing a program of integrated projects exploring marine mammal distributions and life history. This has application in the consenting process, and in designing down-stream environmental monitoring, for the marine renewable energy sector.

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Professor Kevin Flynn
Swansea Co-PI for SEACAMS2
Research expertise: plankton modelling, plankton physiology, commercial algal production, ocean acidification.
I am a marine biologist with interests spanning all aspects of plankton (virus, bacteria, algae, mixotrophs, zooplankton), from experimental physiology, ecology through to modelling.
I work on projects ranging from ocean acidification and ocean-scale production, harmful algal blooms, to commercial exploitation of algal growth and aquaculture.
A core component of my work is modelling, for which a series of interconnecting acclimative, multi-nutrient, variable stoichiometry models have been developed. The primary applications of these are in studies of trophic dynamics for biogeochemical and ecological analyses. A secondary application is in the guise of systems-biology applications to commercial production of microalgal biomass, cost-benefit analyses and optimization.

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