Dr Hanna Nuuttila

Dr Hanna Nuuttila

Honorary Research Fellow, Biosciences


I am a marine scientist with over 15 years of experience in marine mammal research and conservation in the industry – science interface and stakeholder engagement for the sustainable use of marine resources.

In my past projects I have assessed impacts and possibilities of marine renewable energy devices and developed and refined marine mammal monitoring methods from passive acoustics to aerial surveys and DNA sampling. More recently I have been involved in seagrass restoration and am currently engaged in a multi-method study researching co-benefits of climate change mitigation, exploring the possibilities of coastal conservation and restoration projects in increasing socio-economic and ecological resilience through community participation.

As a practical marine scientist with advanced boating, diving and expedition logistics expertise I am fortunate to contribute to several marine projects and marine biology teaching at Swansea University.

 Personal Blog: https://hknuuttila.wixsite.com/roadtonowhere


Areas Of Expertise

  • Marine ecology
  • Marine mammal ecology and conservation
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Passive acoustic monitoring
  • Community conservation
  • Transformative climate change adaption and mitigation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
Hanna Nuuttila on boat

I have keen interest in teaching solid practical marine biology skills to students from boating, snorkelling and diving to survey design and planning successful fieldwork. I am a dive instructor, HSE diver and the acting Dive Project Manager at Swansea. I am also RYA powerboat instructor and ex RNLI-volunteer , a first aid instructor, CAA approved drone pilot and a commercial skipper. I believe good seamanship and strong knowledge of marine logistical challenges enables more efficient, productive and safer research in the marine and coastal environment.

Research Collaborations