School of Biological Sciences


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Luke Helmer

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, MSc (Distinction) Applied Aquatic Biology
  • Role Title: PhD Researcher
  • Address: Institute of Marine Sciences, Ferry Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, P04 9LY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5797
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  • Department: School of Biological Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I completed my undergraduate degree at the University in 2015 and continued onto the MSc from 2015-2016. My MSc project was the initial pilot study for a larger Solent wide Native Oyster (Ostrea edulis) restoration attempt. My PhD continues that work and has been match funded by the University of Portsmouth and the Blue Marine Foundation. We also work with Europe’s largest marina company - MDL Marinas, who, alongside Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, house cages of mature broodstock oyster populations as part of my research.


Dr Joanne Preston (IMS, School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth)

Dr Chris Hauton (National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton)

Dr Ian Hendy (IMS, School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth)