Professional activities

Phil Trans Special IssueConference conceiver, developer, and co-convener:

Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations, The Royal Society, UK (2013)

Theme developer and convener:

  • “From science to evidence – innovative uses of biodiversity indicators for effective marine policy and conservation”, International Marine Conservation Congress, Kuching, Malaysia (2018)
  • “What is a good pelagic habitat?”, ICES Annual Science Conference, Riga, Latvia (2016)
  • “Marine science for society”, Challenger Conference for Marine Science, Liverpool, UK (2016)
  • “Challenges and tools for managing marine and coastal resources”, Challenger Conference for Marine Science, Plymouth, UK. (2014)
  • “Challenges and tools for managing marine and coastal resources”, Challenger Conference for Marine Science: Ocean Challenges in the 21st Century, Norwich, UK (2012)

Session chair:

  • Promoting Effective Governance of the Channel Ecosystem, Caen, France. (2014)
  • Southwest Marine Ecosystems Conference 2014, Plymouth, UK (2014)
  • P/ICES Oceans of Change, Majorca, Spain (2012)

Editorial contributions:     

  • Marine Biodiversity Records Editorial board (2017 – present)
  • Special Issue, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Guest editor. Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations (2014)

Panels and debates: 

  • “Public debate: Large-scale trends in ocean phytoplankton”. McQuatters-Gollop, A., Worm, B. and Wernand, M. Plankton 2011: Biodiversity and Global Change, Plymouth, UK. (2011)
  • Discussion panel: Where we need to be: what are the likely challenges?” McQuatters-Gollop, A., Spicer, J., Brownlee, C. and Barange, M. Plymouth Marine Science Partnership and the MMO: How can we manage our seas in the real world?” Plymouth, UK. (2011)


2017      • Impact training (NERC)
2016      • Outdoor first aid
2015      • Challenge of Science Leadership (Barefoot Learning)
• Innovation training (NERC)
2013      • Climate Change in the Media (Talk Action)
• Effective Supervision (Plymouth University)
2009      • Line Management Training (Carol Carpenter Training)
2008      • FP6 Sesame Statistics Summer School (Highland Statistics)
• CPR plankton taxonomic analysis (SAHFOS)

Media engagements:

  • Curator of blog and website Plankton and Policy:
  • Invited guest blogger (Plankton and Policy) for Research in Action. University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. (2012)
  • Research featured in New Scientist magazine  (2012)
  • Featured on ‘This is what a scientist looks like’ blog about breaking down science stereotypes  (2012)
  • Interview by Louie Psihoyos (Director of The Cove) for upcoming documentary film (2011)


Science-Policy communication: Active participant in science-policy knowledge exchange at the UK, European, and international scales. I excel at translating science into a format useful to policy-makers and at guiding scientists to apply their research to the policy process. I run the blog and website Plankton and Policy

Proposal coordination/contribution: FP7 proposal coordination, contribution to NERC, NSF, etc, proposals.

Spatial analysis: Exceptional cartographic, GIS and geostatistical analysis skills using ArcGIS, ArcView, ArcInfo, R, and Surfer.

Taxonomy: Trained in CPR plankton analysis.

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