Marine policy

Here you will find links to my marine policy-related research. This section will always be expanding!


Bands of algae on a Romanian beach

Bands of algae on a Romanian beach

How well do ecosystem indicators communicate the effects of anthropogenic eutrophication? We often use indicators to talk about eutrophication. But does indicator interpretation depend on sea-specific knowledge of ecosystem characteristics? Can a single indicator be employed to adequately compare eutrophication state between European seas?



A Continuous Plankton Recorder

 Why is it so hard to set MSFD indicators and targets? Messages from the plankton Climate change is causing unprecedented basin-scale ecological changes in our seas. At the same time, marine ecological systems are also responding to human pressures such as fishing, nutrient loading and hydrological changes. How can we develop indicators and targets which respond account for these varying pressures? What are some of the challenges facing scientists and policy makers during the Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation process? How can information from the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey help?

Visions for good environmental status in the North Sea – societal choice? The EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires Europe’s seas to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. The Directive, however, does not specify or describe GES. Is GES a purely scientific choice, a societal choice, or a combination of both?