MASTS & SAGES Delegate Biographies Dr Karen Diele Edinburgh Napier University Email: [email protected] Karen Diele is currently a Reader (Associate Professor) in Marine Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University and Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station, Scotland. She gained a PhD degree in Biology in 2000 at the University Bremen, Germany, researching for the BMBF and CNPq/CAPES co-funded 10-years BrazilianGerman project on Mangrove Dynamics and Management (MADAM). Between 2000 and 2005 she was based in Northern Brazil as a postdoctoral fellow and then vice-coordinator of the MADAM project. Between 2006 and 2011 she was a senior researcher at the Leibniz Centre of Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany, with continued projects in Brazil and in Vietnam. Karen took up her post at Edinburgh Napier University in 2012 and is a steering group member of the Fisheries Science Forum and the Graduate School of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS). Karen’s research focusses on the (i) dynamics and management of coastal ecosystems and their associated benthic fauna/fisheries resources, (ii) linkages between biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services and (iii) life cycles, behaviour and functional ecology of marine invertebrates, and their responses to environmental stressors (e.g. underwater noise, climatic stressors). She has been working in mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, rocky shores and biogenic reefs. Professor James M Mair Heriot-Watt University Email: [email protected] James Mair is a Professor of Marine Biology in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. Following his PhD research work in Mexico (on the ecology of postlarval penaeid shrimp related to a coastal lagoon fishery), early career activities centred on the study of ecological effects of oil industry and aquaculture impacts on the marine environment mainly in UK waters. This involved a variety of work undertaken whilst he was on the staff of the Institute of Offshore Engineering, an academic consultancy unit of Heriot-Watt University. On becoming a full-time academic member of staff in August 1996 in the Dept. of Civil & Offshore Engineering and subsequently in the School of Life Sciences his interest began to focus on aspects of seabed habitat mapping and biodiversity ecology for conservation management purposes (UK and overseas) including the development of diving, video, side-scan sonar and other remote sensing methods for studying marine habitats. James has developed research and training links in Latin America (Panama – with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica). James has delivered 4 workshops for oil companies and government hydrocarbon agencies in Colombia on offshore environmental impact assessment and monitoring techniques. James represents Heriot-Watt University on the Executive Committee of the SFC-funded marine research pool, MASTS. Within MASTS James leads up the International Collaboration & Networking Steering Group (www.masts.ac.uk/about/international-links). James also represents Heriot-Watt University on the UK’s Higher Education International Unit (www.international.ac.uk) Latin American Community of Practice. Professor Andy Brierley University of St-Andrews Email: [email protected] Andy Brierley leads the Pelagic Ecology Research Group (www.st-and.ac.uk/~perg/). The Group carries out research on the ecology and behaviour of zooplankton and fish in the open ocean (the pelagic realm), and upon the higher predators that feed upon them. They are seeking to understand the way in which natural and climate-related variability alter zooplankton/fish abundance, distribution and behaviour, and impacts that changes in the zooplankton/fish component have on higher trophic levels (predators) and fisheries. They have developed new instrumentation and deployed it on alternative platforms such as autonomous underwater vehicles and moorings (in an effort to overcome limitations of conventional research vessels), and are pioneering new statistical approaches - particularly Bayesian - to maximise the return from hard-won field data. Dr Douglas C. Speirs University of Strathclyde Email: [email protected] Douglas works in the Marine Population Modelling Group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Douglas joined the faculty staff of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2007 and was appointed senior lecturer in Marine Resource Modelling in 2014. He is also the departmental Director of Knowledge Exchange, responsible for helping colleagues develop KE activities such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Continuous Professional Development, and consultancy. His research involves developing computationally efficient population models of fish stocks in which physiological structure and spatial structure and combined, and he has strong track record of widely cited peer-reviewed publications (average of 24 citations per article, three papers with >100 citations). Douglas’ research on spatial modelling of zooplankton, as part of the NERC MarProd programme, established a new to modelling the growth and transport by ocean currents of stage-structured populations (e.g. Speirs et al. 2006, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 313, 173-192). With partners at Marine Scotland Science he led the development of a new size-structured multispecies model for fish communities (Speirs et al. 2010, Fish. Res. 106, 474-494), now known as FishSUMS (Fish – Strathclyde University – Marine Scotland). Motivated by policy-driven concerns about the effects of multi-species fisheries, the model has been used to explore the consequences of a range of fisheries management scenarios. Over the last seven years Douglas has been PI or Co-I in grants totalling over £1.3 million FEC. He is an editor for the international academic journals Ecology and the Journal of Biological Systems, and sits on the steering groups of the Strathclyde Marine Institute and the Centre for Mathematics Applied to the Life Sciences (CMALS). He is deputy convener of the MASTS Fisheries Forum, a group that has representation from all major fisheries related institutes in Scotland, and covers diverse disciplines including biology, stock assessment, ecosystem modelling, economics, and stakeholder experience. Dr Mark James Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) Email: [email protected] As the Operations Director of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), Mark is responsible, together with the MASTS Directorate, for the day-to-day co-ordination and delivery of a £75m Scottish Funding Council research pool involving the majority of Scotland’s marine science capacity. Our role is to facilitate and improve co-ordination of marine science activity across 13 Scottish Universities, a Government laboratory and a non-departmental public body (http://www.masts.ac.uk). Mark is based at the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews and although his principal role is as Operations Director for MASTS, he maintain an active interest in a number of ongoing research projects including co-supervision of three PhD students, Co-Investigator on two multi-partner EPSRC funded marine renewables projects and he is Co-ordinator of a recently funded EU MARE project (FishPi) to improve regional fisheries data collection and statistical analysis. He also leads a £1.3m European Fisheries Fund programme of work to improve the sustainability of inshore fisheries. Through MASTS, he interacts with a significant proportion of the marine science community within Scotland, and in respect of his own areas of expertise, internationally. He is Chair the Science and Research Working Group of the Ministerial Group on Sustainable Aquaculture. Recently he chaired Food Standards Agency Scotland’s Independent Appeals Panel for Shellfish Classification Awards. He is a member of the Scotland’s Seas Data and Assessment Steering Group which contributes to the development of the National Marine Plan. His principal interests with respect to Brazil are to provide information on the capacity of the MASTS research community; encourage collaboration and, in particular the development of studentship opportunities; foster specific project level collaborations in: Food (aquaculture and fisheries); Energy (wave, tidal and riverine renewable energy production – O&G – decommissioning and oil spill contingency planning); Professor Fin Stuart Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) Email: [email protected] Fin is head of the noble gas laboratories at SUERC and has expertise in the following fields: cosmogenic nuclides applied to landscape development low temperature thermochronology applied to reconstructing Cenozoic exhumation isotopes as tracers of the origin and interaction history of fluids at the Earth’s surface Fin has collaborated with Proffessor Peter Hackspacher at Earth Sciences, UNESP (Rio Claro campus), for several years. He is funded by CAPES as a Special Visiting Researcher at UNESP via the Ciência Sem Fronteiras scheme. In this capacity he has spent 3 months at UNESP in the last 3 years, assisting in the development of laboratories and training technical staff and PhD students in He thermochronology. This has included several field trips, teaching undergraduate class and research seminars at colloquia in SP and RdJ. SUERC has hosted two UNESP technicians for individual training in mass spectrometry and allied chemical processing procedures, as well as instrument cross-calibration and technique development. Fin supervises a FAPESP-funded PhD student at UNESP. He is studying long-term landscape development of the coastal mountains between SP and RdJ and is currently based at SUERC measuring cosmogenic 10Be. Professor John Rowan University of Dundee Email: [email protected] Professor John Rowan is Chair in Physical Geography and Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience, University of Dundee. His research focuses on water and sediment dynamics, especially the sensitivity of aquatic environments to perturbations. A conscious move towards systemsbased approaches is reflected in current projects exploring natural flood management as an ecosystembased adaptation approach, developing national indicators for climate change adaptation, soil erosion and its biodiversity impacts in agro-ecosystems and elucidating the biophysical linkages between hydromorphological pressures and ecological response. Funding to Dundee exceeding £2.5 M has been won from a wide range of sources including Belmont Forum, EU, RCUK, UK/Scottish Governments and Environment & conservation agencies. From August 2015 he will be appointed Dean of the School of Social Sciences, a major new interdisciplinary academic school within the University of Dundee. John serves on the Directorate of the Scottish Government’s Centre for Expertise in Climate Change (ClimateXChange), where he is co-lead of the Adaptation Workstream and lead on the Scottish Government’s Centre for Research Expertise on Water (CREW), with a lead role on the HydroNation Scholars Programme. Dr Antionio Ioris University of Dundee Email: [email protected] Antonio Ioris is geography lecturer and director of the MSc in Environment and Development at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. Previous responsibilities include a lectureship at Aberdeen University, researcher at the Aberdeen Centre of Environmental Sustainability, senior policy officer at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and project manager with the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment. His main academic interests are in the politicised interconnections between nature and society, in particular the affirmation of new environmental legislation and the contested reforms of public policies and the apparatus of the state. Ioris has conducted extensive research in several countries, using water management as an entry point into the political ecology of the allocation, use and conservation of natural resources. Current research projects are related to the search for environmental justice in the urban and regional context, the multiple obstacles faced by marginalised communities to influence environmental decision-making and the politics of agriculture modernisation and the expansion of agribusiness in central South America. His most recent books include ‘Tropical Wetland Management: The South-American Pantanal and the International Experience’ (Ashgate, 2012), ‘The Political Ecology of the State’ (Routledge, 2014) and ‘Water, State and the City’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). For a full list of publications, please check the following site: http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/aioris Dr Heather Price University of Stirling Email: [email protected] Heather Price is an environmental scientist with interests in research at the interface between geography, social science and biochemistry. She completed her BSc in 2007 at Cardiff University, UK, graduating with a degree in Environmental Geoscience. Following this, she elected to remain at Cardiff University to undertake an interdisciplinary PhD (2007 – 2011) into the health effects of air pollution exposure. Following her PhD, she moved to the University of Hertfordshire where she worked on a project funded by the European Union (FP7) called TRANSPHORM (2011 – 2014). This project focused on the health effects of transport-related PM and the impacts that different policy initiatives could have on public health. Heather then moved to the University of Southampton where she spent time in both the Geography and Environment and Social Sciences departments (2014 – 2015). She worked on the Groundwater 2030 project (funded by the Natural Environment Research Council [NERC], the Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC] and the Department for International Development [DFID]), with an international team of researchers. This project investigated the long term change in shallow well pollution, community use of water, and how water access may change in the future in Kenya. Following this she worked on an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project, called ‘Energy for Development’ with an interdisciplinary team of researchers. The aim of the project was to install a community-led solar grid and to quantify and understand the impacts that it had on the wellbeing of the community. Current areas of interest include: Air pollution and health Water pollution and health Energy-water-food-environment nexus, particularly how to measure it Water, sanitation and hygiene access Heather is particularly keen to use trans-disciplinary methods to address large scale environmental issues, for example geographical information systems (GIS), population surveys, environmental monitoring, interviews, participatory mapping, photovoice, remote sensing etc. Heather aims to undertake research that is beneficial for the communities with which she works, to use various methodologies to involve local people and to ensure that the research delivers for the community. Dr Ruth Falconer Abertay University Email: [email protected] Dr Ruth Falconer is a Senior Lecturer in Simulation and Visualisation within Science, Engineering & Technology, at Abertay University. She has an international track record in the development of integrative modelling and visualisation frameworks applied to complex systems. These frameworks (encompassing Individual and Agent based models, Reaction-Diffusion, 3D Interactive Visualisation and Multi Criteria Decision Analysis approaches) have been applied to understand biophysical systems, urban and rural sustainability, heat loss and gain from the built environment, precision agriculture and more recently the Water, Energy & Food (WEF) nexus. Current projects include developing an interactive map of the scope and scale of Scotland’s water sector; developing a mobile application for delivery of in-field precision agriculture data, and modelling the WEF nexus. These projects are funded by CREW, TSB and EPSRC respectively. She graduated with a PhD in complex systems modelling in 2006, an MSc in IT (Distinction) in 2002 and BSc in Physics in 1999. She has advised 8 PhD students and co-authored over 30 journal articles. She is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing group) and SSSAJ: Soil Physics. Ruth is interested in identifying niche innovations of low-impact systems at the WEF nexus that have potential to provide step change improvements across environmental, social and economic dimensions at other scales by building Agent Based Models to investigate conditions for supporting such a step-change. Key to this is engaging expert and non-expert stakeholders and encouraging dialogue. She is also interested in Interactive Visualization and Stakeholder Engagement for Environmental Management.