Areas of expertise
I am a marine biologist and fish ecologist, with particular interests in coral reef fishes, commercial fisheries, climate change, fish behaviour, and aquaculture.
I specifically work on:
* The effects of climate change on European fish communities * Underwater noise and its influence on fish behaviour * Fish population biology and dispersal * Population connectivity and marine protected areas.
My work combines overseas fieldwork, often in remote and challenging third world environments, with laboratory-based behaviour experiments and computer modelling.
I am a well-trained and skilled communicator with a passion for delivering science to the public and to children.
I am a NERC / Cabot Institute Knowledge Exchange Fellow, which means in addition to my research, I have regular and strategic meetings with policymakers, industrial partners and management and conservation agencies.
I won the Daily Telegraph Science Writer Competition in 2001.
I have given interviews on BBC Countryfile, BBC Radio 4 Series "The Sound of Life", BBC Radio 4 and World Service, and on International Radio (NPR, CBC, ABC, Radio Sweden, Deutschland Radio).
I have provided expert comment for New Scientist and the Edinburgh Evening News.
My work has been covered widely, including: Science, Nature, Scientific American, National Geographic, Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, New York Times, Seattle Times, and Sydney Morning Herald.
I regularly give advice for TV series, including BBC Life, Wild Arabia, and Survival, and to recent series by Bear Grylls and Marcus du Sautoy.