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Senior Lecturer, Marine Biology (Fisheries), University of Portsmouth

I graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1986 with a BSc degree in Marine Biology. In 1989, I completed a research MSc in reef fish ecology at the Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University in Barbados. I then went on to complete a Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in 1994, on the population dynamics of temperate reef fishes in Nova Scotia.

My research career has taken me around the globe, including positions at the Centre for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, the Palau International Coral Reef Centre, the WorldFish Centre, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago. I contributed to significant research on fish habitat and marine protected areas throughout the Caribbean region, the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia and North America.

I also spent 7 years in the private sector as a fisheries and marine environmental consultant, conducting environmental impact assessments of coastal developments, developing fishery management plans, and training fisheries personnel in data collection and analysis.

In 2020, I joined the University of Portsmouth where I currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Marine Sciences (School of Biological Sciences). I also serve as the Theme Lead - Aquatic Resources Management in the Centre for Blue Governance.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 2017–2020
    Professor and Programme Leader, University of Trinidad and Tobago
  • 2010–2017
    President and CEO, Coastal Resources Association
  • 2006–2010
    Senior scientist, WorldFish
  • 2004–2006
    Senior scientist, Palau International Coral Reef Centre
  • 2001–2004
    Assistant Professor, University of Guam Marine Laboratory
  • 2000–2001
    Associate research scientist, Florida Marine Research Institute
  • 1999–2000
    Resident Faculty, School for Field Studies Centre for Marine Resource Studies
  • 1998–1999
    Postdoctoral research associate, Rutgers University
  • 1995–1997
    Postdoctoral research associate, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • 1994–1995
    Postdoctoral fellow, Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University


  • 1994 
    Dalhousie University, PhD Marine Biology
  • 1989 
    McGill University, MSc Oceanography
  • 1986 
    University of New Bruenswick, BSc Marine Biology

Professional Memberships

  • Fisheries Society of the British Isles