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Research overview

Over my career as a marine scientist in Scotland I have studied many aspects of the oceanography of Scottish waters, including sea lochs on the west coast, the circulation of the North Sea, and the hydrography of the deep waters north of Scotland. I have applied my knowledge to improve the understanding and management of the environmental impact of the aquaculture, offshore oil and gas and fishing industries. I have been interested in how science interacts with policy, and in shaping the direction of Scottish and UK marine science. More recently I have been undertaking research into marine litter and plastics, its sources and fate, research into the future requirements of an offshore Scottish carbon capture and storage industry, and aspects of Scottish blue carbon. I am also involved in the PrePARED project which aims to improve the models underpinning the consenting of offshore wind farm developments.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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