Professor Rick Stafford

Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation

Areas of expertise

  • 3D printing
  • 3D printing and intellectual property
  • amusements
  • anthropology
  • assistive technology
  • BAFTA Albert in Education partnership
  • Battle of Jutland
  • biological signs of stress
  • biomedical engineering
  • Bletchley Park
  • blockchain
  • blockchain and intellectual property
  • Booker prize
  • brain injury
  • British Archaeology
  • Cerebral Palsy football
  • climate change
  • climate change risk assessment
  • clinical engineering
  • coastal erosion
  • comics
  • cortisol
  • cultural analysis
  • Cybersecurity
  • dementia
  • Design for Security
  • Diffusion tensor Imaging
  • digital business
  • disability football
  • disabled technology
  • drug analysis
  • e-readers
  • e-reading
  • entrepreneurship
  • fairgrounds
  • female comics
  • feminist theory
  • financial scams
  • First World War
  • flooding
  • forensic analysis
  • fruits and vegetables
  • functional electrical stimulation
  • gaming
  • gender
  • gender studies
  • geophysics
  • girls and comics
  • gothic comics
  • governance of bodies
  • Greek Archaeology
  • health and social care services
  • healthy eating
  • hidden voices
  • historical diving
  • influencers
  • Innovation
  • intergovernmental panel on climate change
  • Kindle
  • learning innovation
  • legal high
  • Lesion analysis
  • magazines in the digital age
  • marine archaeology
  • marine biologist
  • marine climate change
  • marine geophysics
  • marine survey
  • maritime archaeology
  • Maritime history
  • mental health
  • morality and video games
  • multibeam echo sounders
  • nautical archaeology
  • naval conflict
  • naval history
  • naval intelligence
  • never let me go
  • NPS
  • Odstock Medical Ltd
  • older gay people
  • older people sexuality
  • omega-3 oils and depression
  • online bullying
  • organisational image and legitimacy
  • overfishing
  • Paralympic games
  • parody
  • parody and intellectual property
  • participating in care
  • participatory research
  • postnatal depression
  • postnatal depression in men
  • pressure sore prevention
  • protein intake in older adults
  • reading on kindle
  • rehabilitation after stroke
  • remains of the day
  • resorts
  • robot carers
  • rural communities sexuality
  • Russian Archaeology
  • scamming
  • Scapa Flow
  • scuba diving
  • seaside
  • Second world war
  • shipwrecks
  • social identity
  • social media addiction
  • social media influencers
  • social work
  • sociology
  • solar panels
  • sport consumption
  • sport fandom
  • sports mega-events
  • stop and search
  • stress diagnosis
  • stress hormone
  • student mental health
  • student wellbeing
  • sugar reduction
  • sweet taste
  • tank corrosion
  • tank protection
  • technology and dementia
  • technology in learning
  • technology in teaching
  • trolling
  • U-boat wars WW1 & WW2
  • urban spaces
  • User Experience and Security
  • Vlochos
  • World War 1
  • World War 2

Rick is a marine biologist and academic based at Bournemouth University. His research is currently focused on understanding and protecting the marine environment in a holistic manner.

This involves understanding the role of multiple stresses which act on marine organisms, and the interactions between the organisms (which can form part of the stress). Currently, Rick’s work involves over-fishing, and how marine protected areas can be effective. Large scale ecosystem effects of over-fishing – including the potential for over-fished environments to contribute to climate change, and the adaptive potential of organisms to multiple stresses, including climate.

While most of his work is in marine ecology, Rick has worked in many different environments and on many different species, and in several disciplines, including economics, neuroscience and robotics.

He uses a range of tools and techniques to conduct his work, but is especially experienced in computer simulations and quantitative methods.

Rick is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, Estuarine and Coastal Science Association, is a Committee member for British Ecological Society Special Interest Group in Quantitative Ecology and a Committee member for Royal Statistical Society Environmental Statistic.

Rick has written an article for The Conversation and has had several interviews for radio and newspapers, such as Nature, Radio Solent and the Bournemouth Echo.