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 20 years lecturing and teaching experience at under-graduate and post-graduate lecturing levels. He has supervised 6 PhD thesis, 40 MSc thesis, 30 BSc Diploma thesis students and 36 internships/placements in the Fish Physiology Lab at UoC. He has published 76 peer-reviewed papers and more than 110 extended abstracts and presentations at International and National Conferences, two edited books, and four book chapters on aquaculture-related topics. He has been actively involved (either as co-ordinator or principle investigator) in 28 European, Bilateral or National competitive R&D projects and in 5 research networks related to aquaculture. He is currently Chairperson of the Department of Biology. Since March 2017, is a National Representative at the SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research) FISH Strategic Working Group. Since 2019, is a deputy National Representative, Mission Area “Soil earth & Food” and expert, Management Committee “Food security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research, and the bioeconomy”, Horizon 2020.

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 (30 years) on bivalve physiology-modelling and remote-sensing of shellfish ecosystems and coastal areas. He has over 25 years teaching experience in this subject and has published over 75 peer-reviewed papers. He has supervised 15 PhD students, 12 to successful completion, and been involved in over 17 national and regional research projects on aquaculture. He is a member of the Remote Sensing and Benthic Ecology group within the laboratory Mer Molécules Santé. This laboratory studies the structure and functioning of estuarine and coastal ecosystems. He was recently involved in two EU projects about assessment and planning of aquaculture sustainability (TAPAS) and the use of satellite remote sensing to monitor coastal water environments (CoastObs).

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).