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Ruth H. Thurstan

Ruth Thurstan uses historical, social and ecological data to better understand the magnitude of changes that have occurred in marine environments, with a view to informing contemporary management and conservation goals.

She has worked on historical changes in UK and Australian marine environments, using a variety of data sources and techniques, including historical newspapers, government statistical records, isotopic dating analysis, taxonomic identification, oral history interviews and maritime charts, to understand temporal dynamics in fisheries and benthic communities over the last 200 years. She's happy collecting data in the library, the lab, on a boat or under water.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Historical ecologist, The University of Queensland


  • 2012 
    The University of York, PhD