I am a professor in the School of Ocean Sciences and specialise in the field of marine benthic ecology. I graduated from Liverpool with a BSc in Marine Biology in 1988 and undertook my PhD in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor where I studied the feeding ecology of fishes and crabs. After completing my PhD in 1991 I worked for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Conwy Laboratory) where I headed a research group that examined the ecological effects of fishing and aquaculture practices on marine ecosystems. I moved to the School of Ocean Sciences in 1998 where I have continued to develop these lines of research. I gained my DSc through the University of Liverpool in 2003. Among my many roles I am the Reviews Editor for the Journal of Fish Biology, I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Sea Research and I am the research Vessel Co-ordinator for our new research vessel [www.rvprincemadog.com].
My research is divided into four main themes: the ecosystem effects of fishing, sustainable aquaculture, disturbance ecology and socio-economic and biological issues relevant to coastal systems management. More specific research contracts are examining 1) indicators and models of fishing disturbance on benthic systems, 2) the social and economic consequences of fishing disturbance of the seabed, 3) the effects of different regimes of fishing disturbance on benthic ecology, 4) sustainable bivalve cultivation and its effects on carrying capacity, 5) the ecology of mussel seed beds, 6) essential fish habitat, 7) prediction of the effects of windfarm construction on common scoter, 8) biological and socio-economic benefits of different regimes of inshore fisheries management systems in Devon, 9) biological and socio-economic issues relating to marine protected areas and recreational angling in Wales, UK, 10) Sociological and economic drivers of inshore fishery systems in Chile and 11) the effects of PCBs on larval, juvenile and adult flatfishes. For more information regarding these projects and the project leaders please consult my homepage (more information) or our research group website (Coastal Resource Ecology And Management group).