The Sustainable Aquaculture Group (within the Institute of Aquaculture) addresses key areas of long term Resilience and Sustainability of the Sector resulting in improved Aquatic Food Security. Our activities are strongly integrated across the group and encompass environmental modelling, all forms of carrying capacity, spatial analysis, biodiversity and new species, international development, securing and improving fishers' livelihoods, value chains and life cycle assessment. Much of this operates under the guidelines of the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture.
Dr Francis Murray (Principal Investigator)
As Principal Investigator for the IMAQulate project, Dr Francis Murray has nearly 25 years experience in aquaculture, encompassing industry, academic research, rural development and consultancy (Stirling Aquaculture). Dr Murray has a broad inter-disciplinary perspective on the aquaculture sector.
He has commercial experience in salmon production and a research background on integrated small-holder aquaculture systems in Asia and Africa, working with CARE International and the World Fish Centre. He was a co-ordinator of a highly inter-disciplinary EU-FP7 large-scale collaborative research-project Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (2009-2014). This project assessed the sustainability of major export seafood commodity groups farmed in Asia acknowledging values and perspectives of stakeholders along entire value chains. He currently specialises in global value chain analysis and is in a Horizon2020 research consortium (PRIMEFISH) researching competitiveness of European aquaculture and fisheries. He also coordinates various research projects exploring novel approaches to reducing aquacultures dependency on marine feed ingredients.
Prof Dave Little (Co-Investigator)
Prof Dave Little is a systems scientist with over 30 years experience in leading research and capacity building initiatives in Asia. He has a broad-based interdisciplinary background that has spanned commercial and developmentally focused research, supervised more than 100 postgraduate research students, including more than 20 PhDs. Since his time working at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, he has continued to develop a network of collaborators throughout the region through research projects and distance learning initiatives. He has served as a Director of the World Aquaculture Society, is an advisor to various certification and standard setting organisations (Global Aquaculture Alliance, Soil Association, Monterey Bay Aquaria) and edits the Sustainability and Society section of the journal Aquaculture.
Mahmoud El Tholth (PDRA)
Dr Mahmoud Eltholth is an epidemiologist and health economist with over 10 years’ experience in animal and aquatic research. Mahmoud’s main area of interest is Epidemiology, Public Health, Aquaculture, Value Chain Analysis and Health Economics. He has been a co-investigator in many national and international multidisciplinary projects in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, World Fish Centre and the International Livestock Research and the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling. Along his career, Mahmoud has gained experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Mahmoud contributes to the preparation and delivery of Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He has also been supervising several research projects and MSc Veterinary Epidemiology dissertations.
Mahmoud’s current position is Postdoctoral Researcher at Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling on BBSRC and Newton funded projects “Evaluating Costs and Benefits of Prophylactic Health Products and Novel Alternatives on Smallholder Aquaculture Farmers in Asia and Africa (IMAQulate)” in India, Kenya and Bangladesh and “Behavioural Prophylaxis in Tilapia” in Egypt.
Will Leschen has 20 years experience in commercial, interdisciplinary aquaculture research and government sector engagement, both within the UK and developing countries. Recently this has included managerial and coordinating roles in EU and Scottish government funded projects in Asia (Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade) and Africa (Aquaculture Enterprise Malawi). He also has experience in setting up successful African aquaculture networks (SARNISSA) with over 2000 members following and sharing information and contacts across borders and languages. Will has an extensive background in aquatic animal health.
Robyn Shilland (Research Administrator)
With a MSc in Marine Environmental Management and experience of working with Kenyan communities on mangrove conservation, Robyn is supporting the team of IMAQulate researchers to deliver key project outcomes.