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Department of Plant Sciences



I am a marine biologist focusing on algal physiology and ecology, currently researching the metabolism of Polar Diatoms and their potential in biotechnology at the British Antarctic Survey and University of Cambridge. I have studied marine biology from college level and have focused on the ecology of macroalgae (seaweeds) and molecular physiology of microalgae (phytoplankton), specifically diatoms.


  • Metabolism of algae, focusing on diatoms.
  • Physiological, Metabolic and Genetic adaptations and evolution of diatoms and algae.
  • Impacts of global change on algae.
  • Environmental signalling of algae, and signal transduction pathways. 
  • Plant and algal chemical defences against herbivores. 
Postgraduate Student
BAS Cambridge Research Student
Mr Sam C Coffin

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
01223 330219