Benjamin L. Jones

I obtained a B.Sc. in Marine Biology at Swansea University where I went on to obtain an M.Res. in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation. My master's thesis focused on the role of seagrasses as indicators of change in the British Isles where multiple characteristics were used to assess how seagrasses responded to varying degrees of anthropogenic stress. During my masters, I co-founded the marine conservation charity Project Seagrass. Project Seagrass aims to conserve seagrass ecosystems through education, influence, research, and action. As a director, I focus on working to enhance understanding of the importance of seagrass using creative design to communicated scientific research to the wider public, as well as communicating this directly through workshops and events.

I co-developed SeagrassSpotter (www.seagrassspotter.org), an entry-level citizen science project. Established in 2016 in the UK, the project uses a smartphone app and website database as its platform and facilitates a participants’ ability to spot something interesting and upload geo-tagged photographs. Expanding across Europe in late 2016, since its release the project has accumulated over 700 sightings from 93 locations in 21 countries and engaged nearly 350 users.

I am especially interested in developing technologies for seagrass conservation which include citizen-science applications and drones where my work and research has taken me to Mozambique, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Mexico.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    PhD Student, Stockholm University
  • 2013–present
    Founding Director, Project Seagrass
  • 2017–2018
    Research Associate, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
  • 2015–2017
    Research Assistant, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
  • 2014–2015
    Marine Technician, SEACAMS, Swansea University
  • 2014–2014
    Research Assistant, Swansea University

Education

  • 2014 
    Swansea University, MRes Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
  • 2012 
    Swansea University, BSc Marine Biology

Publications

  • 2018
    Tracking nitrogen source using δ15N reveals human and agricultural drivers of seagrass degradation across the British Isles, Frontiers in Plant Science
  • 2017
    Crowdsourcing conservation: The role of citizen science in securing a future for seagrass, Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • 2017
    Reasons for seagrass optimism: local ecological knowledge confirms presence of dugongs, Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • 2017
    Rocking the boat: damage to eelgrass by swinging boat moorings., Frontiers in Plant Science
  • 2017
    Seagrass science is growing: a report on the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop., Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • 2016
    Seagrass meadows are threatened by expected loss of peatlands in Indonesia, Global Change Biology
  • 2016
    The perilous state of seagrass in the British Isles, Royal Society Open Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Mission SEA (Seagrass, Education and Awareness).
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Big Lottery Fund
  • 2016
    Developing SeagrassSpotter as a global quantitative citizen science programme
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Multiple Funding Streams
  • 2015
    Seagrass education and monitoring programme for Wales
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Waterloo Foundation
  • 2015
    Seagrass education and awareness programme for Wales
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Big Lottery Fund

Professional Memberships

  • World Seagrass Association

Research Areas

  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Phycology (Incl. Marine Grasses) (060701)
  • Wildlife And Habitat Management (050211)
  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)