Lecturer (Scholarship)




BSc Marine Biology & Zoology, University College of North Wales, Bangor, 1984

PhD Agonistic behaviour of velvet swimming crab, Necora puber, University of Glasgow, 1991


Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, July 2015 to present

Senior Lecturer, University of London (University Marine Biological Station Millport), 2010–2013

Lecturer, University of London (University Marine Biological Station Millport), 2001–2010

Research Fellow, University of Southampton, 1995–2001

Research Associate/Higher Scientific Officer, Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen, 1992–1995

Post‑Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, 1990–1991

Invertebrate Taxonomist, Institute of Offshore Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, 1985–1987

Research Assistant, Experimental Salmon Ranching Unit, Department for Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, 1984–1985

Other roles

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, 2011 to 2016

Co-editor of Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, 2010 to present

Honorary Lecturer, University of Glasgow, 2002–2011

Qualifications Administrator, Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee, 2013 to present


  • Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science

External Memberships

Co-editor of Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review

Qualifications administrator for UK Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee


Research Overview

Behavioural ecology of crustaceans, investigating ecological questions and applied fisheries problems in situ, and under controlled conditions

  • movement patterns, habitat use and competition in decapod crustaceans
  • behavioural influences on catchability in fisheries
  • environmental effects of baited-trap fisheries
  • effects of fishery closed areas
  • conservation aspects of native European oysters and feral Pacific oysters

Teaching Responsibilities

Postgraduate teaching

  • Programme Coordinator
    • MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
    • MSc in Marine Conservation
  • Course Coordinator
    • ZO5005 Cromarty Field Trip (jointly with Prof. P. Thompson)
    • EV5517 Applications of GIS (jointly with Dr L. Page)
    • EV5804 Environmental Impact Assessment
    • ZO5902 AMFE Research Project (jointly with Dr S. Woodin)
    • ZO5905 Marine Conservation Research Project (jointly with Dr S. Woodin)
  • Course contributor
    • BI5301 Environmental Pollution

Undergraduate teaching

  • Course Coordinator
    • SX1015 Oceans and Society (jointly with Prof. U. Witte)
    • BI25Z5 Fundamentals in Marine Biology
    • ZO3306 Marine Ecology & Ecosystems