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Principal Scientist and Lead Advisor for climate change at Cefas (the UK government marine science agency based in Lowestoft, England). This role includes strategic planning of research goals and initiatives, as well as managing a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to provide advice and evidence on marine climate change. Director of the International Marine Climate Change Centre (iMC3) at Cefas. Honorary Reader in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA, and Director of the Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS), a joint initiative between the UEA and Cefas that aims to to combine innovative science and practical expertise to achieve sustainable use of the oceans. 

25 years experience working in marine and freshwater ecosystems around the world, lead author of the UN Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment report, ‘small islands’ chapter.  In-depth knowledge and practical experience in the assessment and modelling of fisheries, ecosystems and marine food-webs. Extensive experience in the administration and management of fisheries and climate change research programmes. UK delegate on the Science Committee of ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) and was previously (until 2019) a co-chair of the ICES/PICES Strategic Initiative on Climate Change in Marine Ecosystems that aims to coordinate research activities across the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans.

Research interests include: future scenarios (climate and socio-political), climate impacts in Small Island Developing States (SIDs), climate change risk and vulnerability assessment techniques. 

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  • IPCC - lead author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment report (AR6), Working Group 2,  ‘small islands’ chapter.
  • ICES SCICOM –  UK representative (from April 2013) on the ICES Science Committee (SCICOM).
  • FSBI – Honorary Secretary and trustee of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) – Jun 2013 - Jul 2018. FSBI Research Grants Committee (2011-2013) and member of the FSBI Council.
  • TRUSTEE of the Buckland Foundation, an organisation founded to support contemporary fisheries research (January 2020 onwards).
  • ICES/PICES SICCME –  co-chair of the ICES/PICES Strategic Initiative on Climate Change in the Marine Environment (March 2016-present). Aims to coordinate research activities across the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans.
  • Grenada NEA - Lead author for  Chapter 4. How do Grenada’s ecosystems contribute to climate resilience, within the Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA), 2021.
  • Lead Convenor – Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) Annual Symposium, Jul 2018, University of East Anglia. Sustainable Use and Exploitation of Marine & Freshwater Fishes.
  • UN FAO - Lead author for Chapter 5: Climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptations: North Atlantic and Atlantic Arctic marine fisheries. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 627. Rome, FAO. pp 87-111.
  • UK –Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) - lead author for the ‘marine and fisheries’ sector report of the first CCRA in January 2012, and the ‘Natural Environment’ report of the second CCRA in January 2017.
  • ECCWO 2019 - played a major role at the “Fourth International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans” (ECCWO), Washington DC 4‐8th June 2018. Served on the Scientific steering committee.
  • NOSCCA – Lead author for the ‘fisheries’ chapter of the North Sea Climate Change Assessment (NOSCCA), published in 2017.
  • WGSAM – Co-chair ICES Working Group on Multispecies Assessment Methods (WGMSAM) (2006-2009). Awarded ICES Service Award, December 2009.
  • SCOS - Member of the NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Special Committee on Seals (until 2007). 
  • DEFRA - Seconded to the Defra Science Directorate in 2003 (to draft the departmental ‘Science & Innovation Strategy’).


Key Research Interests

Climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, ecosystem and multispecies fisheries modelling, marine food-webs and fisheries management, bio-economic modelling, foresight techniques and future scenarios, integrated ecosystem assessments, marine protected areas, time-series analysis, historical data reconstruction, marine mammal and fish biology, stakeholder engagement.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy


Award Date: 31 Jul 2000

Bachelor of Science


Award Date: 31 Aug 1995

External positions

Principal Scientist and Lead Advisor for marine climate change, Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science

1 Apr 2018 → …

UK representative on the Science Committee (SCICOM), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

1 Apr 2013 → …

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