Paul has a first class BSc degree with honours in Marine and Freshwater Biology and an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management. During his BSc and MSc he developed an interest in the impact that global warming is exerting on marine ecosystems. To broaden his understanding of the wider implications of climate change he has moved away from his marine background and now focuses on terrestrial ecosystems.
His research is attempting to identify how temperate insects will respond to climate change, with particular focus on overwinter survival. Findings so far indicate that global warming has the potential to severely reduce winter survival, reducing spring emergence of insects. This could be devastating for human society, with reduced pollination rates lowering crop yields and placing extra pressure on food production within coming decades.