The Plymouth Student Scientist
- The Plymouth Student Scientist
Welcome to The Plymouth Student Scientist! This is an electronic journal showcasing excellence in undergraduate student research from the University of Plymouth's STEM disciplines. This online journal is the main output of a HEFCE-funded project, to support and develop research-informed teaching at the University of Plymouth.
The e-journal seeks to make the research process more accessible and explicit, by highlighting examples of good practice from across the STEM disciplines. It also aims to support both staff and student involvement, by acting as a teaching tool for staff and as a vehicle to promote and share student research activities.
It is hoped that the journal will encourage students to become more reflective and critical of their own research skills as they consider the work of their peers. It is with this aim in mind that all articles are presented, largely, in their original state complete with imperfections. In addition, we hope the journal will enable students to see a range of research activities and potential collaborations with staff at the University, encouraging further dialogue and enquiries. We welcome comments regarding this e-journal.
Opportunities to publish:
This applies to students from STEM subjects (only) that have received a 1st in their final year undergraduate project. There is no guarantee of acceptance, however, all will be seriously considered for publication. You are welcome to express an interest, although we would also suggest discussing your intentions with your project or dissertation supervisor. When all parties are willing, we finally require signed consent [please use this consent form] (N.B. this link requires a University of Plymouth login to access).
- Editorial Team
- Dr Jason Truscott (Principal contact and Editor)
- Dr Karen Gresty (Founder, Editor and Associate Dean Teaching & Learning - Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- University of Plymouth Press
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Investigating changes in the chemical composition of wood upon digestion by wood-boring Bivalves of the sub-family Xylophagaidae, and potential implications for marine biogeochemical cycles (University of Plymouth, 2019)The sub-family of molluscs Xylophagaidae are the primary degraders of wood in the oceans. They are part of an opportunistic ecosystem, which survives on temporary falls of large organic matter, such as carcasses and wood ...
Occupancy patterns of sea birds in relation to oceanographic conditions at sites on the Llŷn Peninsula (University of Plymouth, 2019)With the current increase in the emergence of offshore renewable energy installations it is becoming increasingly important to monitor and study seabird populations. In order to understand the potential impacts of these ...
Species Distribution Model of Cetaceans in Relation to Environmental Factors at Two Locations in the North Atlantic (University of Plymouth, 2019)Cetaceans in the North Atlantic are under threat from the increasing pressure and demand placed on the sea by humans. In order to conserve cetacean populations, legislative acts such as the EC Habitats Directive (Council ...
A Critical Analysis of the Wind Generated Effect on the Rate of Overtopping on the Hinkley Point C Sea Wall Through the use of Physical Modelling (University of Plymouth, 2019)It is widely observed that storms and the associated extremes of wind and wave conditions result in dramatic cases of sea defence overtopping. This phenomenon highlights a gap in knowledge that the industry standard EurOtop ...
(University of Plymouth, 2019)Carbon sequestration is an important aspect of mitigating climate change and its detrimental environmental and economic effects. Vegetative ecosystems such as rainforests are often praised for their ability to sequester ...
(University of Plymouth, 2019)This paper aims to increase the number of natural ventilation systems utilised by building service engineers, which in turn will help to lower the environmental impact of their work. To do this an automated spreadsheet ...
(University of Plymouth, 2019)Heightened levels of urban development and population rise, combined with increased precipitation resulting from climatic variations, have escalated runoff rates within urban areas, causing urban flooding and polluting ...
Planning their future places? Investigating the role of young people within the contemporary English planning system in Plymouth (University of Plymouth, 2019)Despite young people being the longest-term stakeholders in society (Simpson, 1997), academic discourses promoting the benefits of youth involvement have historically struggled to translate into widespread youth participation ...
Statistical analysis of the effect of lesson and learning styles on the learning and retention of information of secondary school chemistry students (University of Plymouth, 2019)The study is an interdisciplinary study as it links to both chemistry and also social science. The project investigated the learning and recall of information of year 9 students at Richard Lander School. In total 85 ...