University of Exeter

United Kingdom

The University of Exeter combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. It is a member of the UK’s Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities. The university has more than 2,390 staff and around 20,200 students. Exeter is ranked amongst the UK’s top 10 universities in the Higher Education league tables and was ranked 7th in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Exeter is ranked as 93rd in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 98 per cent of the research at Exeter was rated as of international quality.

Key personnel

  • Brendan Godley (male) is Professor of Conservation Science, Director of the Centre for Ecology and conservation at the University of Exeter and Founder of the Marine Turtle Research Group, based within the University. Brendan, together with Michael Coyne (director of, developed the Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT; that has been used by hundreds of researchers around the word, not only for sea turtle tracking but also birds, sharks, whales and other taxa.
  • Alan Rees (male) is a PhD from University of Exeter. He has been satellite tracking sea turtles for 13 years with field sites located in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has published several peer reviewed articles on the results, in addition to co-authoring further papers, and has presented his work at International symposia. Alan has been key a user of STAT for a decade.
  • Annette Broderick (female) is Associate Professor of Marine Conservation in the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on the exploitation and status of marine vertebrate populations, in particular marine turtles, utilising satellite tracking and mark and recapture to understand the thermal ecology, sex ratios, habitat use, navigational abilities, growth rates and fecundity of individuals.
  • Matt Witt (male) is a Senior Lecturer in Natural Environment in the Environment and Sustainability Institute of the University of Exeter. His research focuses on marine ecology, looking specifically at the distribution and behaviour of turtles, sharks and other mobile marine species.