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All these incredible research and development articles in this edition are from STEM students at the University of Plymouth, working on their final year research project during partial COVID19 lockdowns over the period 2021 and 2022. A huge thank you to them, and their committed supervisors. I have enjoyed reading your submissions and working with you all. With kind regards, Dr Jason B. Truscott (Chief Editor).

Biological sciences:

Toby Anderson von Trampe, Biochar amendment of a sandy loam improves wheat growth under drought and control conditions, pp. 1-18.

Anna Carne, Public engagement in environmental issues: Investigating factors of disengagement from an individual and organisational perspective, pp. 19-41.

Lena Pollett, Analysing association rates of reef manta rays (Mobula alfredi) situated in Chagos Archipelago, pp. 42-61.

Marine biology:

Caroline Millan, The effect of seagrass components on the associated bacterial diversity and antimicrobial activity in Zostera marina , pp. 62-83.

Ana Paula Vidal, The socio-economic and ecological impact of regime shifts on small-scale fisheries in northern Peru, pp. 84-101.

Rosie Wilson, Diurnal and tidal influence on the spatial distribution and surface activity of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Shannon Estuary, Ireland, pp. 102-126.

Marine Sciences:

Alizee De groodt, Numerical models to track the origin and drift of pharmaceutical flotsam in the English Channel, pp. 127-162.

Janine Douglas, Marine mammals in the Western English Channel, a survey from the Rame Head Peninsula, pp. 163-192.

Luke Glass, Assessing future projections of Intense typhoon return period and intensity over Taiwan, pp. 193-220.

Julia Hinrichs, Biological recruitment on static and boat hull panels coated with non-toxic fibre flock, pp. 221-238.

Max Harry Kimble, An investigation into the absence of the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) from British water, pp. 239-274.

Megan Morley, Weather patterns associated with green turtle (Chelonia mydas) hypothermic stunning in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, pp. 275-297.

Heather O'Keefe, Investigating the impacts of heterotrophic nutrition on Acropora microclados , pp. 298-319.

Ella Sykes, Identification of North Sea areas suitable for cultivating Saccharina latissima as an alternative source of protein, pp. 320-357.

Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering:

Oliver George Barretto, Hypersonic non-equilibrium Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis and effect of underbelly shape on a conceptual lifting body spaceplane, pp. 358-403.

Jack Orders, Computational fluid dynamics optimisation of grid fin aerodynamic design for reusable launch vehicles, pp. 404-463.

Nutrition, Exercise and Health:

Bailey Lentern, The relationship between diet, supplement use, and the prevalence and severity of nausea and vomiting during the 1st and 2nd trimesters of pregnancy, pp. 464-487.

Elise Lucas, An investigation into the effects of weekly habitual and targeted caffeine consumption on adult runners' endurance, speed, and mood, pp. 488-505.


Jessica Allen, The effect of pre-event instructions on eyewitness identification, pp. 506-523.

Gulbeyaz Altun, Age differences in facial first impressions of traits associated with trustworthiness, pp. 524-546.

Madeleine Esser, An Investigation into whether psychopathic traits negatively contribute to moral judgements, pp. 547-562.

Oliwia Hryniewska, Assertive behaviour: not a one-size-fits-all solution to poor psychological well-being, pp. 563-585.

Catalana Parris, Reasons for living following an acquired brain injury: A mixed thematic analysis, pp. 586-614.

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