Personal profile


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 90 peer-reviewed papers, with a full list available on his Google Scholar & ResearchGate profiles.


2013-present: Principal Fisheries Scientist (Cefas). Lead recreational fisheries at Cefas. Responsible for UK surveys, provide advice, contribute to stock assessments, and conduct novel research.

2010-13 Group Manager Marine Ecosystem Assessment (Cefas). Led a group of 50+ staff delivering research and advice, and part of divisional management team for 150 people. Responsibilities: meeting targets, new business, strategy, and delivering research.

2008-10 Senior Technical Expert (Syngenta). Led European human risk assessment and modelling team. Contributed to cross-industry groups on cumulative risk assessment (lead) and REACH. Developed human risk packages for new and existing pesticides.

2006-08 Statistics & Modelling Science Group Lead (VLA). Led group undertaking statistics, modelling and GIS, and part of the division management team. This involved research, scientific leadership, strategic direction, and people and project management.

2003-2006 Risk Assessment & Modelling Team Lead (Syngenta). Responsible for European dietary risk assessment and developing methods for predicting pesticide residues.

1999-2003 Modeller (Syngenta). Led the development methods to pesticide residues on crops initially as a postdoctoral researcher.

Areas of Expertise

  • Recreational fishing
  • Fisheries science
  • Citizen science
  • Modelling & statistics
  • Marine policy
  • Surveys & monitoring
  • Novel methods for data collection

Key Responsibilities

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

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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