Dr Heidi Burdett

Associate Professor of Marine Science & Sustainability, 



Research Focus

Our research seeks to understand the fundamental processes underlying photosynthesis in the coastal marine environment, and applying this knowledge to coastal ecosystem conservation and in addressing sustainability grand challenges for rural and indigenous communities. Working across different habitats including coralline algal beds, mangrove forests and coral reefs, we have a particular focus on photosynthetic strategies under extreme light environments, carbon storage and habitat connectivity. We strengthen the impact of our research through multidisciplinary collaborations with other scientists, stakeholders, policymakers and managers, as well as leading a strong public engagement program.


  • Socio-political potential of blue carbon economies in SE Asia
  • Sources, Sinks And Solutions For Impacts Of Plastics On Coastal Communities
  • Mechanisms of photoacclimation in extreme low light


  • Associate Professor of Marine Science & Sustainability

Global goals

Target 12.2
Target 12.A
Target 13.1
Target 13.3
Target 14.1
Target 14.2
Target 14.3
Target 14.5
Target 14.7


  • Sweden

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