Teaching staff

Key teaching staff

Key teaching staff involved in the Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (ACES) programme are:

Professor Michalis Pavlidis
Professor Pavlidis (Programme Leader, University of Crete) has an international reputation for research on aquaculture-fish physiology/endocrinology related issues (27 years) and over 13 years lecturing and teaching experience at under-graduate and post-graduate lecturing levels. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, 110 extended abstracts and presentations at International and National Conferences, an edited book, and also 4 book chapters on aquaculture-related topics. He is the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator with responsibility for the placement of students in industry-based programmes. He has been actively involved (either as co-ordinator or principle investigator) in 20 European, Bilateral or National competitive R&D projects and in 6 research networks related to aquaculture. In addition, he has participated in three COST actions as member of the management committee.

Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Cottier-Cook
Cottier (EMJMD ACES Programme Partner, UHI-SAMS) has an international reputation for research on aquaculture-related issues (17 years), and over 15 years teaching experience at under-graduate and post-graduate levels, including supervision of research degrees. She has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers including a book and four book chapters on aquaculture-related topics.

Liz was co-ordinator of the UK Marine Aliens Programme I and II (2004-2011) and has managed two EU projects concerned with the impacts of aquaculture and the development of new species for aquaculture (BIOFAQs and AAAG2). She was a member of the working group that conducted a major review of environmental impacts of aquaculture for the Scottish Parliament. Currently she is Head of the UN University-SAMS Associate Institute and leads a major, new £6M research programme – GlobalSeaweedSTAR, which aims to safeguard the sustainable development of the seaweed aquaculture industry in developing countries.

Professor Peter Beninger
Professor Beninger (University of Nantes, Programme Partner) is a marine ecology specialist (35 years), including aquaculture and human impact on littoral ecosystems. He has published approximately 110 primary publications, including some very highly-cited papers on aquaculture. He has published work at all levels of living organisation, from the molecular to the ecosystem, on all metazoan ecosystem components, from meiofauna to shorebirds, with an emphasis on cultured species or their competitors/ predators, as well as in statistical usage and spatial analysis.

Professor Laurent Barille
Professor Barille (University of Nantes, Programme Partner) has an international reputation for research (22 years) on bivalve physiology-modelling and remote-sensing of shellfish ecosystems. He has over 14 years teaching experience in this subject and has published over 60 ISI peer-reviewed papers. He has supervised 12 PhD students, 8 to successful completion, and been involved in over 17 national and regional research projects on aquaculture. Currently he is head of team ECO (50 persons) studying the structure and functioning of estuarine and coastal ecosystems within the laboratory Mer Molécules Santé. He is also the coordinator of environment and biodiversity for the Research Federation IUML FR CNRS 3473 from Nantes University.

Module leaders

The teaching team on the EMJMD ACES+ have considerable teaching – over 100 years combined which includes new innovative digital teaching methods, plus supervisory experience at post-graduate level (over 75 students).