Carl joined Cefas in February 1995 after working for four years in the Brazilian Amazon where he undertook tropical research and statistical consultancy in the natural sciences. Since joining Cefas he has applied his modelling and data analytic skills to problems of fish stock assessment, management and advice.
In June 2010 Carl was appointed Defra Chief Fisheries Science Adviser – a role in which he provides best scientific advice on fisheries science in support of government policy objectives. A critical element of his role is to support cross-sectoral discussions by linking fisheries perspectives into a broader, integrated, marine agenda. This includes supporting effective working and communications across policy/delivery/industry interfaces.
Carl is the recipient of a personal appointment to Cefas’ Fellows Tier since December 2011 in recognition of being at the forefront of developing new strategies for fisheries management through a leading advisory role in the ICES’ community and in Defra. Since October 2012 Carl has been the UK Delegate to ICES and since January 2013, a member of the ICES’ Publications Committee focusing on outreach.
Carl is a Chartered Statistician (CStat), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS), and is the Buckland Professor for 2015.