Joint post between UEA and Lowestoft-based Cefas aims to boost marine science
18:26 06 February 2013
Scientists from the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Lowestoft are forging new links with a new appointment across both institutions.
Dr Martin Johnson has taken up the position of lecturer in marine sciences in a joint post which spans the school of Environmental Sciences and Cefas.
The overall aim of the Cefas–UEA strategic alliance is to produce high-quality science that will underpin policy-making, economic development and, ultimately, contribute to an improved quality of life. Cefas and UEA have committed to supporting the new post for a minimum of five years.
As well as helping scientists from both institutions work more closely, he will also pursue new collaborative research into “healthy seas” from a biogeochemical and ecological perspective. This research will be central in providing an evidence-base to support marine policy.
Dr Johnson said: “I hope to develop new research areas and projects, and to contribute to mentoring the scientists of the future. I’m also looking forward to spending more time at Cefas and getting to know Lowestoft better.
“UEA and Cefas’ shared vision for pursuing high-quality marine environmental sciences will help to make a real difference to society, as many of the issues facing us today – climate change, sustainable fisheries and protecting our seas from degradation – have a real resonance with policy-makers and the public.”
Cefas chief scientist Dr Stuart Rogers said: “Collaborations between the School of Environmental Sciences and Cefas have given us an almost unique capability to deliver top-quality research and advice on marine systems that span the spectrum from physics and chemistry, through biology and ecology, to environmental economics and management.
“Since they signed their strategic alliance in 2008, Cefas and the UEA have won and delivered collaborative projects focusing on climate change, fisheries, coastal processes, marine ecosystem services, marine policy, biogeochemistry and oceanography.”