Tom Jenkins

Tom Jenkins

Bioinformatician & Software Developer

Animal and Plant Health Agency


I am a research scientist and analyst with a broad range of interests in marine biology, genomics, programming and data science.

I currently work for the Animal and Plant Health Agency as a bioinformatician and software developer where I support the Central Unit for Sequencing and PCR in the Surveillance and Laboratory Services Department. Prior to this, I worked in the academic sector as a research scientist in population genomics, marine connectivity and whole genome sequencing, and for Natural England as an advisor for nature recovery and a data analyst in geocomputation, statistics and data visualisation.


  • Marine biology
  • Genomics
  • R programming
  • Data visualisation


  • PhD in Biological Sciences

    University of Exeter

  • MRes in Genomics and Bioinformatics

    Imperial College London

  • BSc in Marine Biology

    Swansea University






Data Visualisation

Science Communication



Bioinformatician & Software Developer

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Apr 2022 – Present Exeter, UK

Senior Data Analyst

Natural England

Jun 2021 – Mar 2022 Exeter, UK
Senior Advisor in data analysis, modelling and statistics working on the Natural Capital & Ecosystems Assessment programme.

Senior Advisor

Natural England

Feb 2021 – May 2021 Exeter, UK
Senior Advisor working on the Cornwall Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) pilot project.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

University of Exeter

Dec 2018 – Jan 2021 Exeter, UK
BBSRC/NERC AquaLeap project: Innovation in Genetics and Breeding to Advance UK Aquaculture Production. In this project, I assessed the heritability of growth in European lobsters reared in sea-based container systems.

PhD Research Scientist

University of Exeter

Oct 2014 – Oct 2018 Exeter, UK
PhD Thesis: Connectivity between MPAs: selecting appropriate taxa and assessing genetic connectivity in two benthic marine invertebrates.