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Kieran holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at UEA, contributing to the Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS). CCSUS vision is to combine innovative science and practical expertise to achieve sustainable use of the seas, and is a collaboration between UEA and Cefas.

Kieran has 20 years’ experience in the application of data collection, modelling, and statistics to solve problems in a wide variety of different fields including: fisheries, ecology, veterinary epidemiology, and pesticide residues. Most recently, his research is centred on the application of science to support policy and management of fisheries. Specifically, he focuses on the social, economic, and biological impacts of marine recreational fisheries, and the application of novel approaches to support fisheries monitoring, assessment, and management.

Kieran has in-depth understanding of the marine policy and management landscape. He provides advice to policy makers at national and European level, chairs the ICES Working Group on Recreational Fishing Surveys, and leads recreational sea angling surveys for UK. He contributes to sea bass stock assessment and chaired the data compilation at the last benchmark. He has extensive knowledge of both existing and new methods for data collection and monitoring including citizen science, smartphone apps and web-based approaches. He has expertise in the application of models to support management of marine systems; most recently working on Individual-Based Models of fish populations, linkages between fish spawning and nursery areas, and ecological connectivity between networks of manmade structures.

Kieran is an experience principal investigator, securing research funding from many sources including government, research councils, and industry. He supervises a number of PhD students and is an editor for the ICES Journal of Marine Science. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, with a full list available on his Google Scholar & ResearchGate profiles.

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 14 - Life Below Water

External positions

Principal Scientist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science

20 Sep 2010 → …

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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