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Lectureship in Marine Science announced

Reference: 03-13
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."

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 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 years.


Notes to Editors

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Martin Johnson's biographical details may be found on the UEA website: www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/people/facstaff/johnsonm.  

Press contacts:
Cefas - Anne McClarnon: +44 (0) 1502 524370 / anne.mcclarnon@cefas.co.uk
UEA - Lisa Horton: +44 (0) 1603 592764 / l.horton@uea.ac.uk

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