Project Seagrass

Advancing seagrass conservation through education, influence, research and action  


At Project Seagrass, we recognise that the pressures on our oceans are urgent, and that we can't afford to do seagrass research purely for sake of it! Since day one our seagrass research has been geared towards making an impact in the real world.  

The Seagrass Ecosystem Research Group (SERG), is a joint inter-disciplinary marine research collaboration between marine biologists in the school of Biosciences at Swansea University, and interdisciplinary marine scientists at the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University

Our team conduct basic and applied research into the structure, function and resilience of seagrass meadows, within a linked social ecological system, they also focus on their food provisioning service.


Seagrass as Bioindicators

Food Security and Livelihoods

Small-Scale Fisheries

Non-Selective Fishing

Seagrass Distribution

Seagrass Ecology


Jones, al. 2017. Crowdsourcing conservation: The role of citizen science in securing a future for seagrassMarine Pollution Bulletin  (10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.11.005)

Cullen-Unsworth, al. 2017. Reasons for seagrass optimism: local ecological knowledge confirms presence of dugongsMarine Pollution Bulletin  (10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.11.007)

Unsworth, al. 2017. Rocking the boat: damage to eelgrass by swinging boat mooringsFrontiers in Plant Science 8, article number: 1309. (10.3389/fpls.2017.01309)

Unsworth, R. K. F. and Cullen-Unsworth, L. C. 2017. Seagrass meadowsCurrent Biology 27(11), pp. R443-R445. (10.1016/j.cub.2017.01.021)

Unsworth, R., Jones, B. and Cullen-Unsworth, L. 2016. Seagrass meadows are threatened by expected loss of peatlands in IndonesiaGlobal Change Biology 22(9), pp. 2957-2958. (10.1111/gcb.13392)

  • Unsworth, R. K. F. and Cullen-Unsworth, L. C. 2016. Seagrass dependent Artisanal Fisheries of Southeast AsiaThe Wetland book , pp. 1-9. (10.1007/978-94-007-6173-5_267-1)
  • Cullen-Unsworth, L. and Unsworth, R. K. F. 2016. Strategies to enhance the resilience of the world's seagrass meadowsJournal of Applied Ecology 53(4), pp. 967-972. (10.1111/1365-2664.12637)

    Jones, B. and Unsworth, R. 2016. The perilous state of seagrass in the British IslesRoyal Society Open Science 3, article number: 150596. (10.1098/rsos.150596)