I am currently involved in the following projects:
- >Marine Protected Area Management and Monitoring (MarPAMM): WP 2 leader 'Communications and Outreach'. A project supported by the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). 2018-2022.
- >The European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC-ERIC): UK Node Communications Group (Chair). Funded by EU H2020.
- >Investigation of the novel challenges of an integrated offshore multi-purpose platform (INNO-MPP): WP9 Cross-projects-countries collaborations, stakeholder networking, dissemination. Funded by EPSRC. 2017-20
- >Blueprint / Future of Our Seas. Funded by NERC. 2017-18
- >Oban - University Town. Ongoing local community partnership project
Major past projects
Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Hydrographic Survey (INIS Hydro). Funded by EU's INTERREG IVA programme, managed by SEUPB. 2011-14
Development of the Ocean Explorer Centre. This visitor and outreach centre for SAMS was made possible by charitable donations from 12 donors, the largest being the Robertson Trust. Opened 2014
BSc (Hons) Marine Science: H4 Science Communication - module leader since 2003
BSc (Hons) Marine Science: H3 Marine Conservation - lecturer
To further enhance science communication competence in our students I am developing a concept to embed science communication into all levels of the BSc Marine Science programme with elements taught and assessed in most modules.
I was the first module leader also for BSc (Hons) Marine Science H2 Marine Biology, H2 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and H3 Marine Zoology and lectured on a now defunct module in Sediment Processes.
I also deliver short training courses in various aspects of science communication at postgraduate level.
Ethan Lakeman, MSc Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Ecosystems 2018: An Investigation into the Communication Strategies of Environmental Profiles: Recommendations to Increase Content Exposure. Supervisor
Sam Wilson, PhD 2007: The production of biogenic trace gases in the marine environment. Co-supervisor
Sarah Cresswell, BSc (Hons) Marine Science 2012: Supervisor
Kate Shilliday, BSc (Hons) Marine Science 2017: European attitudes towards marine pollution from hormonal contraception and potential mitigation strategies. Supervisor
Selected invited talks
15 May 2018: An amateur's introduction to environmental ethics. Argyll Iona Community
13 Feb 2018: Blue Planet Scotland: Stories from below the waves. Kilmartin Museum
24 June 2017: Ocean case notes - the state of marine conservation. Expressing the Earth Conference
18 January 2017: The challenges of communicating science and expert information in a 'post-factual' world. Coastal Futures Conference
25 May 2015: Living on the coast of the great Atlantic Ocean. 1st invited speaker at the Atlantic Islands Centre
Selection of public engagement / outreach products
Oban, Lorn and the Isles Festival of the Sea since 2010
Development of Marine Science Badge for Girlguiding Scotland
2015 Faraday Club membership for lifelong services to science communication (awarded at Orkney Science Festival)
Royal Society of Biology: Member
Chartered Institute of Public Relations: Member
Higher Education Academy: Fellow
Since 2008 Head of Communications. Since 2013 also Director, Ocean Explorer Centre. SAMS
2001-2008 Lecturer in Marine Life Sciences and Activities Manager. SAMS
1999-2004 Tutor (part-time). University of Glasgow: developing first online marine biology course
1999-2001 Scientific translator. InOtherWords
2000 PhD 'Methane in temperate coastal environments'. University of Wales, Bangor
1998 Diploma in Translation. Institute of Linguistics, UK
1994 MSc Marine Resource Development and Protection. Heriot-Watt University
1993 BSc (Hons) Marine Biology - 1st class. University of Wales, Bangor
1991 Vordiplom Biologie - sehr gut. Freie Universität Berlin. Also studying Philosophy