Andrew Van Der Schatte Olivier, School of Ocean Sciences

Nationality: British

Research Supervisor: Dr Shelagh Malham, Professor Lewis LeVay, Dr Laurence Jones (External), Professor Michael Christie (External), James Wilson (External)

Conferences attended/presented at:

The European Ecosystem Services Conference, Antwerp, 19th to 23rd September 2016

Previous Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Marine Science (Scottish Association for Marine Science – University of the Highlands and Islands), MSc Marine Environmental Protection (Bangor University)

Information about your academic department:

The School of Ocean Sciences is situated in the village of Menai Bridge, which is across the Menai Straight from Bangor. The school was ranked second in the UK for research in ocean sciences at the Research Excellence Framework in 2014 and 89% of submissions made were ranked as world leading or internationally excellent. The school also has a research vessel, the RV Prince Madog, which provides a unique and exciting platform for research. These three key factors make the school a wonderful department to study and work in.

Title of your research and a short abstract

Valuing ecosystem services of shellfish aquaculture.

Shellfish aquaculture production makes up half of all aquaculture production in the European Union with a value of €1.12 billion in 2011. In addition to the main harvested shellfish product, the industry also provides other non-market benefits in the form of ecosystem serves. These include services such as carbon and nitrogen sequestration, phytoplankton regulation and coastal defences, however these have not been quantified or valued.

My research will begin to value these services in Wales and the UK as a whole and attempt to quantify them. This will be achieved through a combination of field and laboratory work.

How do you think your research could contribute to the community/external partners?

Shellfish aquaculture in the UK is a huge business and many people rely on it for their livelihoods. I am working with external partners in the industry to address the lack of information they have on the value of the ecosystem services provided by the shellfish they grow.

Why did you chose to study at Bangor University?

I chose to study at Bangor University and the School of Ocean Sciences because of my previous experience there, not to mention the department’s great reputation, setting and availability of resources. Upon completing my Masters I remained living in Menai Bridge and stayed in touch with the university.

This PhD with them is the ideal next step in my academic career.

Do you have any advice for students considering a PhD at Bangor University?

I would strongly recommend studying at Bangor University. The work-life balance makes it an ideal place to study, with good facilities and resources, as well as a wide variety of outdoor pursuits available in the area. The local and student communities are very welcoming and make it a great place to live.