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Steve Morrell


Steve Morrell did his first degree in Biological Sciences at Plymouth many years ago. He specialised in Ecological Resource Management and Pollution Studies. He then did a PhD at Portsmouth which investigated the ecology, impact and control of an introduced seaweed (Sargassum muticum) on British and European coastal and sub littoral zones. Seeking still more letters after his name, he also did a PGCE with The University Manchester, specialising in FE.

In 1985 he was offered the post of Tutor in Marine Ecology at Dale Fort Field Centre in Pembrokeshire. His original intent in studying ecology had been to save the planet, in this he had limited success. However at Dale Fort he discovered that attempting to inspire thousands of students to understand a bit about the environment and the creatures we share it with was probably the next best thing. It was also so interesting and rewarding (not fiscally) that he spent the rest of his career doing it. He finally called it a day 35 years later in 2020 (which may be a record?).

He still teaches a few courses a year and does talks and lectures to anyone who will listen. He continues to write the Dale Fort Blog, which is concerned with creatures, history, ecology, explosions, Victorian weaponry, nuns and seaweeds and much more. He is hoping to reach 100 articles in the next few months.

His other interests include AmDram, local history and music. He is half of a (mostly) classical guitar duo called The Ruff Winkles and quarter of the celebrated beard-metal group You're Not Percy.

He is married to Sandra who works in special needs at a local school and he has two grown up offspring, one of whom works in costume and the other in music production.