I began my career in Biology at Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), then moved to CEU (Madrid) and University of Victoria (BC, Canada), where I got my BSc. This was followed by a Doctorate at the University of Aberdeen, and a post-doc at the University of Glasgow, both in Scotland. I then returned to Spain to coordinate the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Programme in Galicia (CIF Lourizan, Pontevedra) and then in Cantabria (Centro Ictiologico de Arredondo) and spent a short time at ZSL in London. In 2004, I moved to Swansea University (Wales), where I am a Professor of Aquatic BioSciences and serve as Director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR).
My background is on fish biology with expertise on Behavioural Ecology, Conservation, and Aquaculture. I work mostly with fish as model systems to understand how organisms adapt and respond to change and I am generally more interested in the 'whys' and 'hows' than in the 'whats'. I have experience serving in scientific panels and advising Governments and NGOs, and feel that research paid by taxer payers should benefit tax payers. Much of my recent research is highly applied, has had media coverage and is serving to inform policy.