Director of the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences (CAMS), with a background in aquaculture, fisheries and ecology across a wide range of temperate and tropical environments. After a B.Sc. in Biology, Sussex University and MSc in Marine Biology (Bangor), I worked for several years on shrimp and fish nutrition and feed development, in collaboration with several industrial partners. The results from this research contributed to my PhD from Bangor University, which was followed by several years working in industry and as a consultant. I returned to full time research working in SE Asia on CAMS projects developing techniques for mangrove-integrated aquaculture and fisheries stock enhancement, which led to an academic position in the School of Ocean Sciences and then to my current dual role as Director of CAMS and Professor in the School, being awarded a personal chair in October 2014.
Recent aquaculture research includes participation in the long-standing Atlantic Area SEAFARE consortium, with projects on integration of aquaculture in coastal wetlands and wastewater remediation in constructed wetlands, with further projects on development of offshore aquaculture for seaweeds and shellfish. I have long-term ongoing research programmes on hatchery technologies, feeds and nutrition, and aquaculture for tropical species including penaeid shrimp mud crabs Scylla spp. Working on development of stock enhancement strategies has led to more ecological research in tropical and subtropical systems, principally on mangroves and seagrasses in SE Asia, East Africa and the Arabian Gulf. Current fisheries work is focused on shellfish fisheries in Welsh waters through the Sustainable Fisheries for Wales project (EFF-funded) and a new project with Qatar University on ecosystem approaches to management of demersal fisheries in the Arabian Gulf. As director of CAMS, I am also closely involved in SEACAMS, a major Welsh convergence initiative that links marine science expertise with SMEs, commercial and institutional partners in marine sector industries such as renewable energy, infrastructure development, engineering and tourism.