The Plymouth Student Scientist - Volume 16, No.2 - 2023
Table of contents for this edition
These incredible research and development articles in this edition are from STEM students at the University of Plymouth, working on their final year research projects . A huge thank you to them, and their committed supervisors. I have enjoyed reading your submissions and working with you all. With kind regards, Dr Jason B. Truscott (Chief Editor).
Biological and Marine Sciences:
Jonathan Bailey, Why are some beaches more conducive to surfing? Bathymetric effects on nearshore waves at Croyde, pp. 1-26.
Lily Burnet, Impact of marine heatwaves on the physiological health of two fucoid species, pp. 27-43.
Ellie Hawcutt, Bat activity and diversity in Plymouth’s green spaces: Implications for future conservation and management, pp. 44-68.
Keira N. Lintin, Assessing the spatial and temporal distribution of microplastics within the sediment of Plymouth Sound, pp. 69-93.
Engineering, Computing and Mathematics:
Ava Keeling and Paula Oben, A statistical analysis of the population of Barbel in the River Teme, pp. 157-174.
Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences:
Olivia Bentley, Testing the potential use of UK wetland plant species in paludiculture using examples from the Somerset Levels, pp. 175-198.
Matthew Blogg, The effect of hedgerow age on vegetative species diversity, pp. 199-223.
Hayley L. Hill, How can informal education settings be best used to influence engagement with environmental issues?, pp. 253-284.
Valeria Zavala Quiroga, Diversity, abundance, and distribution of ground invertebrates in Lower Sharpham Farm , pp. 314-346.
Lucy Olivia Wilson, Are human-like robots trusted like humans? An investigation into the effect of anthropomorphism on trust in robots measured by expected value as reflected by feedback related negativity and P300, pp. 347-376.
Fostering academic literacy and unveiling student excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) research at the University of Plymouth, UK (University of Plymouth, 2023)Six years ago, when I stepped into the role of Editor for this journal, I couldn't have foreseen the incredible wealth of talent nestled within the student cohort at the University of Plymouth (Truscott, 2018). The journey ...
How can informal education settings be best used to influence engagement with environmental issues? (University of Plymouth, 2023)Increasing global impacts of environmental issues will affect children’s futures. Formal primary school curriculums are insufficient in providing the information children need to understand these issues which increases ...
The different factors affecting Chiroptera emergences with a focus on Pipistrellus pipistrellus and Pipistrellus pygmaeus (University of Plymouth, 2023)Chiroptera (bats) are important within different ecosystems and biomes due to the different ecosystem services that they provide. The services that they provide to the United Kingdom include organic agricultural pest ...
Diversity and bioactive potential of leaf-, and root sediment-associated bacteria from Zostera marina in the Yealm Estuary, Southwest England (University of Plymouth, 2023)Increasing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among human pathogenic bacteria demands urgent efforts to uncover novel natural products for developing new antibiotic drugs. Since terrestrial sources of natural products are ...
An investigation into how tree characteristics and species composition associated with veteran and ancient trees influences invertebrate species (University of Plymouth, 2023)Veteran and ancient trees have distinctive characteristics that act as microhabitats: such as tree cavities and deadwood. These trees and their microhabitats are keystone features for specialised communities of invertebrates, ...
(University of Plymouth, 2023)Hedgerows are a distinctive part of the English countryside and provide many ecological benefits and services. Over recent history, hedgerows have been removed and replanted, resulting in a matrix of different aged hedgerows ...
Are human-like robots trusted like humans? An investigation into the effect of anthropomorphism on trust in robots measured by expected value as reflected by feedback related negativity and P300 (University of Plymouth, 2023)Robots are becoming more prevalently used in industry and society. However, in order to ensure effective use of the trust, must be calibrated correctly. Anthropomorphism is one factors which is important in trust in robots ...
Evaluating to what extent the ‘scientific exemption clause’ acts as a loophole and influences international whaling (University of Plymouth, 2023)The purpose of the study was to identify if the scientific exemption clause of the international whaling ban is a loophole for commercial hunting to continue under disguise and to evaluate the level of public perception ...
Assessing the spatial and temporal distribution of microplastics within the sediment of Plymouth Sound (University of Plymouth, 2023)The pollution of microplastics in the marine environment is a growing issue that impacts us globally. These invasive particles have been discovered in all regions of the world, including human body tissue. It is well ...
(University of Plymouth, 2023)Good surfing waves require high peel angles, allowing surfers to ride the face of the wave. However, these waves are not present at every beach, leading to some having better surfing conditions than others. The production ...