Marine Conservation

Despite its landlocked nature, the University of Cambridge has a significant history of major achievements in marine research, having been the base for many early coral reef scientists, and a longstanding centre for Antarctic and polar research.  There is however, no single centre or focus for those working on marine issues. Individuals are scattered across many University departments,  associated institutions and NGOs. In 2005, a group of us recognised the lack of opportunities to capitalise on the wealth of marine expertise in the city, and of the need for students, academics and practitioners to meet and learn from each other.

An exploratory meeting was held in October 2005 in the Geography Department, attended by over 20 marine experts representing a wide range of interests. There was a consensus that regular gatherings would be useful, and a series of meetings were initiated.  CCF Marine was formally endorsed as part of the CCF in December 2006. 

The group operates on an informal basis, with the general aims of:

●     Providing a forum for exchange of information and networking on marine issues

●     Promoting linkages between researchers and marine conservation practitioners

●     Organising talks and discussions on topical issues in marine science and conservation

The CCF Marine Group has a mailing list of over 150 members, representing the Departments of Geography and Zoology in the University of Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey, the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Natural England, Birdlife, Anglia Ruskin University, FFI, several other NGOs and freelance consultants.   

The current organising committee consists of:

Sue Wells

Berry Mulligan (Fauna & Flora International)

Hazel Thornton (UNEP-WCMC)

If you would like to be on the mailing list, please e-mail and feel free to attend any of the advertised meetings.


Many CCF partners undertake marine work. The links below provide some examples: