Applying science into policy for a sustainable blue future
Cefas are the government’s marine and freshwater science experts.
They help keep our seas, oceans and rivers healthy and productive and our seafood safe and sustainable by providing data and advice to the UK Government and our overseas partners. They are passionate about what they do because their work helps tackle the serious global problems of climate change, marine litter, over-fishing and pollution in support of the UK’s commitments to a better future.
For almost 20 years, Cefas behavioural ecologist and Science Leader Dr Ewan Hunter has led research into the behavioural ecology and spatial dynamics of commercially exploited and vulnerable marine fish and shellfish.
As well as providing an overview of Cefas international marine and aquatic science, Ewan will outline of his own work and describe the career path that led him here.
For those who have never considered a career in applied science, he hopes to demonstrate how science in the context of public service really does make a difference for society.
Dr Ewan Hunter leads research into the behavioural ecology and spatial dynamics of commercially exploited and vulnerable marine fish and shellfish.
He has progressed novel techniques for measuring population characteristics and connectivity, with notable successes in the application of archival tags in the estimation of fish location and the determination of seasonal distributions, and in linking the results of archival tagging programmes to natural markers, notably otolith microchemistry.