Lectureship in Marine Science announced
01 February 2013
Mentoring scientists of the future
Dr Martin Johnson has been appointed the new Cefas-University of
East Anglia lecturer in Marine Sciences.
Martin will spend time at Cefas and UEA helping scientists from both
institutions to work together more closely. He will also pursue new
collaborative research to enhance our understanding of what
indicates "healthy seas" from a biogeochemical and ecological
perspective. This research will be central in providing an
evidence-base to support marine policy.
At UEA Martin will be based within the School of
Environmental Sciences. This department is a natural partner
for Cefas, with an outstanding reputation for high-quality and
influential science and a close relationship with the Tyndall Centre for
Climate Change Research. The latter also has close research
connections with Cefas' Marine
Climate Change Centre (MC3).
Martin Johnson said: "In my exciting new role I will engage with
Cefas scientists and staff and students at UEA. 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."
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
"Since they signed their strategic alliance in 2008, Cefas and
UEA have won and delivered collaborative projects focusing on
climate change, fisheries, coastal processes, marine ecosystem
services, marine policy, biogeochemistry and oceanography."
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.
Martin Johnson took up the lectureship in January 2013 and Cefas
and UEA have committed to supporting the post for a minimum of five
Notes to Editors
- The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
(Cefas) is an executive agency of the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the UK's most diverse applied
marine science organisation. It provides evidence-based scientific
advice, manages related data and information, and conducts
world-class scientific research. Its remit spans the range from
freshwater to the open ocean, and includes both wild and farmed
fish. Cefas helps to shape policy through its internationally
renowned science and collaborative relationships that span the EU,
UK government, non-governmental organisations, research centres and
industry. For more detail about its range of activities visit other
sections on this website.
- The University of East Anglia (UEA: www.uea.ac.uk) is ranked in the
top 2 per cent of universities in the world and was ranked
joint-fourth for student satisfaction in the 2012 National Student
Survey. It is in the UK Top 10 for research citations and is a
leading member of the Norwich Research Park - one of Europe's
biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment,
health and plant science.
- UEA's School of Environmental Sciences (www.uea.ac.uk/env) is one of
the longest established, largest and most fully developed of its
kind in Europe. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, 95 per
cent of the school's activity was classified as internationally
excellent or world-leading, and it was ranked third in the Guardian
League Table 2013. It was ranked joint-second in the country for
teaching in the 2012 National Student Survey.
- Martin Johnson's biographical details may be found on the UEA
Cefas - Anne McClarnon: +44 (0) 1502
524370 / email@example.com
UEA - Lisa Horton: +44 (0) 1603 592764 / firstname.lastname@example.org