Project Office


The primary contacts for the MERP project office are listed below.

If you would like to view a contact list of scientists involved in the programme (including profiles) then please click here.

Dr Paul Somerfield

Dr Paul Somerfield

Principal Investigator (PI)

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Dr Paul Somerfield is a Principal Investigator in the Marine Life Support Systems programme at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. His primary objectives are to undertake scientific research and to disseminate information through peer reviewed papers, reports, training, student supervision and other means. He has authored and co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books.  His primary research interests are the distribution and functioning of biodiversity. View full biography...
+44 (0) 1752 633100


Prof. Icarus Allen

Prof. Icarus Allen

Co-Principal Investigator (PI)

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Icarus has been involved in and acted as principle investigator for over 35 national and EC scientific projects, including coordinating the FP7 MEECE integrated project. His primary expertise is in marine ecosystem modelling and ecosystem response to climate change. He has been involved in operational oceanography for over 10 years through the EC funded (MSF, MERSEA, ECOOP and MyOcean) projects and is a member of the executive committee of the National Centre for Ocean forecasting. He has over 65 ISI listed publications. View full biography...
+44 (0) 1752 633441

Mark Emmerson

Prof. Mark Emmerson

Deputy Principal Investigator

Queen's University Belfast

Mark's research combines theoretical and empirical approaches in the study of ecological systems.  He is a broad based community ecologist studying the consequences of biodiversity loss for the provision of ecosystem services.  He has worked in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems with a unifying focus on food webs and biodiversity at multiple trophic levels.  View full biography



Jessica Heard

Jessica Heard

Programme Manager

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Jessica is a Project Manager at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. She has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Marine Policy and extensive experience in EU projects working in a dual capacity as project manager and science communicator.  She will oversee the management and coordination of the work plan for this broad progamme.
+44 (0) 1752 633167



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Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place

Tel: +44 (0)1752 633 167
Fax:  +44 (0)1752 633 101