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Senior Lecturer in Fisheries Science, University of Aberdeen

I completed my PhD on the population dynamics of Scotian Shelf haddock at Dalhousie University in 1995. I then worked as a Research Scientist at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway from 1995-2003. Since 2003 I have been at University of Aberdeen where I teach in the marine biology programme and undertake research into sustainable management of commercial fish stocks in the North Atlantic, North Sea, Barents Sea and Southern Ocean. I investigate climate change impacts on productivity of fish stocks and appropriate adaptation and mitigation strategies and co-chair an international working group investigating climate change impacts on growth rates and fisheries yields. My current climate-related research also includes quantifying greenhouse gas emissions of the Scottish fishing fleet. My applied research has included the co-design and development of a bycatch avoidance mapping tool BATmap (working with Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation), design of a self-sampling programme currently used by Scottish pelagic fishing vessels (with the Scottish Pelagic Fisheries Association) and a vulnerability assessment of wrasse populations to inform fisheries management (with Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation and Marine Scotland).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Fisheries Science, University of Aberdeen


  • 1995 
    Dalhousie University, PhD / Fisheries Oceanography