Matthew Hatton

I graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow in 2022 and was inspired to apply for the SUPER studentship by my final year Mathematical Biology lecturer. When I am not researching, you can usually find me falling off bouldering walls or overanalysing films. 

Climate change, marine fisheries and conservation in West Greenland  

PhD aim:

  • To develop a dynamic food web model of the West Greenland marine ecosystem. Such a model is required to enable strategic scenario analyses of fisheries and wildlife conservation measures in the face of warming, melting of the Greenland icecap, and changes in ocean circulation. 

PhD objectives:

My objective is to answer the following questions:  

  • How will fisheries management reference points for each of the harvested guilds of taxa in the ecosystem (FMSY and BBSY – the fishing mortality and biomass at Maximum Sustainable Yield) change in the future, and what will this mean for indigenous human communities?  
  • What is the sensitivity of high trophic levels (birds, pinnipeds, cetaceans and maritime mammals) to the indirect (food web mediated) effects of fishing, and how will this be affected by changing environmental conditions? 
  •  What trade-offs between harvesting and wildlife conservation may emerge as a result of climate change? 

Contact details:

Email: [email protected] 
Twitter: @Matt_Does_Maths 

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Hatton, P., Hatton, M., Perez, D. and Uberuaga, B.P., 2022. The importance of long-timescale simulations for driven systems: An example of He bubble growth at a W GB. MRS Communications, pp.1-8. DOI: