External roles and responsibilities
My background is in environmental science and applied ecology, working on interdisciplinary projects with a focus on the interactions between humans and natural systems. This spans both terrestrial and marine systems, and I work with ecologists, environmental modellers, chemists engineers and social scientists. I lead the university’s microplastic network where we are examining the impacts of microplastics on marine, coastal, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. I also work more widely on marine pollution- including the impact of shipping and maritime activities, such as the EU Horizon2020 EMERGE project (Evaluation, control and Mitigation of the EnviRonmental impacts of shippinG Emissions) which is examining the effects of sulphur emission reduction technologies on marine ecosystems and air quality. I have published several papers on best practice in environmental impact assessment of major development projects. I also work on ecosystem services, including the UK Joint Research Councils ASSETS project: (Attaining Sustainable Services from EcosysTemS) examining interactions between natural systems, ecosystem services and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa and South America. I have supervised 20 PhD students (12 as lead) to completion and have six currently active.
My lecturing includes environmental impact assessment at both Masters and Undergraduate level. I have supervised over 200 student dissertations at all levels and I support field courses and practical modules. I have previously acted as Undergraduate Programme Lead, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and Director of Environmental Science.