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Andrew Frederick Johnson

Assistant Professor, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society // CEO MarFishEco Fisheries Consultant Ltd, Heriot-Watt University

Dr Johnson currently directs MarFishEco Fisheries Consultants (UK / US) and has recently worked on evaluations of technological innovation in small-scale fisheries in India and the Caribbean and of the Common Fisheries Policy’s external dimension related to EU vessels fishing in foreign waters.

Since beginning his studies in marine biology in 2002, Dr. Johnson has traveled extensively, working with ten different fisheries in twelve countries gaining valuable experience in a range of fishing methods and management strategies. His doctorate at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor (UK, 2012) focused on the ecology of demersal fishes and MPA design. His postdoctoral research focused on small-scale (artisanal) fleets in Mexico and SE Asia. He is passionate about integrating sound ecological knowledge of fishes and ecosystems with the behaviour and patterns of fisheries in order to help predict the future impacts of current exploitation levels.

Dr Johnson is currently a Lyell Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK) and a visiting at San Diego State University where he collaborates on a number of projects with Prof. Rebecca Lewison.


  • 2018–present
    Director, MarFishEco Fisheries Consultants
  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow , Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2014–2018
    Postdoctoral associate, Scripps Oceanography UCSD


  • 2012 
    School of Ocean Sciences UK, PhD Marine Fisheries Ecology
  • 2006 
    University of Plymouth, BSc (Hons) Marine Biology


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow