Matthew R. D. Cobain
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I am currently a first year PhD student based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (joint between the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research Council), after receiving a first class Msci degree from the same institution. My research focuses on the dynamics of body size and trophic scaling in coastal ecosystem with two key areas. Firstly, I am examining the seasonal dynamics of energetic transfer through an estuarine ecosystem by combining body size scaling with stable isotope analyses. Secondly, I am exploring the stability of whole community scaling laws (currently focusing on spatial fluctuation scaling) over several decades with regard to large system perturbations, namely climatic shifts and fishing pressures. While here at CSSS, I am keen to learn more about computational and modelling methods, as well as gain a general appreciation for the broad array of fields that are united by their complexity.
On a more personal note, I am a great lover of racquet based sports - I play badminton competitively and this is how I got into complexity science, speak to me for more details! I also love going for walks / hikes.