A growing fraction of the human population and economic activity is concentrating at coastal cities, exerting a high impact on the natural environment and giving rise to new social conflicts. Many harbours around the world share the same environmental, social and economic concerns, with some more particular to certain harbours. Building trans-boundary partnerships to the share the issues and the research undertaken, duplication of effort can be reduced, solutions can be strengthened and improvements can be globalised.
Anthony Knights is a Lecturer in Marine Ecology based in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC). I am a benthic ecologist by training and my research focus centres on supply-side ecology, recruitment dynamics and sustainable resources and I interface with environmental policy implementation and ecosystem management. I contribute to the range of Marine Biology programmes here at Plymouth University.
He finished a PhD in Marine Ecology in 2006 at the Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. His current roles include: Associate Editor: Marine and Freshwater Research (CSIRO), Assistant Editor: Journal of Fish Biology (Wiley), Member of ICES ADCOM Working Group “Ecosystem effects of Fishing” (WGECO) and a Reviewer for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Icelandic Research Fund (IRF).
Louise Firth is a lecturer in environmental science in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University. Prior to this she has been a Research Associate at the Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton, UK, and a University Fellow in Zoology at the Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, UK, worked as a Consultant Scientist with APEM Ltd., Stockport, UK and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida, USA. She was an invited Postdoctoral Researcher at the Swire Institute of Marine Science, University of Hong Kong, PR China. Dr Firth completed a PhD in Marine Ecology in 2007 at the School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Ireland.
She is a member of the British Ecological Society, Porcupine Marine Natural History Society, and Marine Biological Association of the UK. She is an Associate Editor for Marine and Freshwater Research 2014-present: Editor for Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 2013-present: Review Editor for Frontiers in Global Change and the Future Ocean.