Stefan obtained his PhD from Napier University in 1999 after undertaking research on the factors responsible for determining the spatial distribution of marine benthic invertebrate species. Before joining Cefas, he worked at the University as a post-doctoral researcher investigating the relationships between benthic species diversity and biomass on ecosystem function. He has 17 years post-doctoral experience in marine ecology, investigating the composition, structure and function of marine ecosystems. His research has involved multidisciplinary field surveys and experiments assessing the response of benthic assemblages to natural and anthropogenic disturbance. In recent years, this research has focused on assessing the functional impacts associated with dredged material disposal and bottom trawling. In addition to his R&D work, Stefan acts as a scientific advisor to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) regarding construction and dredging projects, to ensure impacts on the marine benthos are suitably addressed.
Stefan has (co)authored 43 papers and been a reviewer for a large number of scientific journals including Marine Pollution Bulletin, Marine Ecology Progress Series and Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
Stefan has significant experience and involvement in international and national fora. He was an invited member of PIANC ENVICOM WG13 which produced a report entitled “Best Management Practice Applied to Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal Projects for Protection of the Environment”, and has been invited to present his work at a number of conferences. Stefan is currently working on a number of collaborative projects including the EU-funded FP7 BENTHIS programme and the NERC-funded Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry project.
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