My academic journey in Stirling started in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow employed in an EU project (Pubertiming). I then became a lecturer in reproductive physiology and senior lecturer, reader and obtained a chair in 2012 in fish physiology. I have been the Director of Research for the Institute of Aquaculture from 2011 to 2015, Deputy Director in 15-16 and Acting Director in 17-18. I am currently the Production research group leader composed of 31 academic staff, postdocs, PhDs and technical support staff working on breeding, genetics and nutrition of aquaculture species. I am currently the President of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS), leader of the Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub in the UK (ARCH UK) and Distinguished Professor of the Zhejiang Province since 2018.