Jo Garrett deploying sound recoding equipment in Falmouth Bay

Dr Jo Garrett

In 2016 I was awarded a PhD on the effect of marine renewable energy on the environment with the aim of facilitating evidence-based decision making.

I have a broad knowledge base spanning marine biology and interactions between humans and the environment with a specialisation in underwater sound.

Currently, I'm researching the human wellbeing benefits from aquatic environments in Hong Kong and the EU

I share lots of science on Twitter. Email me if you want to know about my research or tell me about yours.


European Centre for Environment and Human Health
University of Exeter, Truro, Cornwall
Postdoctoral research associate in coastal environments and human well-being. More info here.

Environment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall
Provided data analysis support on a variety of topics including ecosystem services, light pollution and urban environments.

Sonic Kayak project
Collaboration with FoAM Kernow, Penryn
Developing a recording system on a kayak to map underwater sound. More info here.


Research Papers

Elliott et al 2019 Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
The effects of meteorological conditions and daylight on nature-based recreational physical activity in England

Garrett et al 2019 Animal Conservation
Skyglow extends into the world's Key Biodiversity Areas

Garrett et al 2019 Health & Place
Urban blue space and health and wellbeing in Hong Kong: Results from a survey of older adults

Gaston et al 2018 Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Personalised Ecology

Griffiths et al 2017 PLoS Biology
Sonic Kayaks: Environmental monitoring and experimental music by citizens

Walsh et al 2017 Renewable Energy
Monitoring the condition of Marine Renewable Energy Devices through underwater Acoustic Emissions: Case study of a Wave Energy Converter in Falmouth Bay, UK

Garrett et al 2016 Marine Pollution Bulletin
Long-term underwater sound measurements in the shipping noise indicator bands 63 Hz and 125 Hz from the port of Falmouth Bay, UK

Conference Papers
Underwater Acoustics Conference and Exhibition 2017
Statistical assessment of the effect of a wave energy converter in Falmouth Bay, UK
Fine-scale mapping of marine sound pollution using Sonic Kayaks and citizen science

PhD Thesis
Interdisciplinary study into the effect of a marine renewable energy testing facility on the underwater sound in Falmouth Bay


BlueHealth at the IAPS conference
Edited by Em Squire and Alex Smalley

Sonic Kayaks featured on The Naked Scientists
Edited by Jenny Chapman

Sonic Kayak residency at FoAM

The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt

Responsible Whale Watching in Sri Lanka


• Marine renewables
• Marine biology
• Underwater sound
• Shipping noise
• Light pollution
• Global environmental datasets
• Ecosystem services
• Human-nature interactions
• Spatial analysis
• Anthropogenic impacts


PhD Renewable Energy
Interdisciplinary study into the impacts of a marine renewable energy device testing facility in Falmouth Bay, UK
University of Exeter
2012 – 2015

MSc Environmental Biology
Distinction: Conservation & Resource Management
Swansea University
2010 – 2011

BSc Marine Biology
First Class
Swansea University
2007 – 2010

© 2016 Jo Garrett | Photo credit: Duncan Paul, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, 2013

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