School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Ecology Research Students

Francesca Carr

Project description

I am a second year MPhil student studying the Mariana Trench. My project is particularly focused on looking at community structure and the factors influencing this in such an extreme environment.

To do this, I have studied the taxonomy and ecology of a keystone order: amphipoda.

Incredibly little is known about the deep-sea, particularly the deepest points in our oceans. Hopefully this baseline data will inform future understanding.

I am hoping to compare my data with other trenches around the world in order to understand how their environments are affected by various stressors.


I am particularly interested in outreach and public engagement. I try to incorporate this into my career by taking part in events, such as:

  • Soapbox Science
  • NECOP careers days
  • Open Days
  • conferences

I am also a mentor under the Social Mobility Foundation.


  • BSc (Hons) Marine Zoology
  • PST Sea Survival
  • ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor
  • BSAC Ocean Diver
  • Law LLB