Gordon H. Copp is a research scientist based at the Lowestoft Cefas laboratory since 2002 and currently holds visiting professorships at Bournemouth University (UK) and Trent University (Canada). Gordon has over 30 years’ experience leading R&D in the environmental biology of native and non-native fishes and risk analysis on non-native species. Gordon has been a key contributor in the development of non-native species risk analysis schemes for the implementation of non-native species legislation in the UK and Europe. He has led the development of decision-support tools such as the Fish Invasiveness Screening Kit (FISK), which has since been applied in nearly 30 countries across five continents, and the recently released Aquatic Species Invasiveness Screening Kit (AS-ISK). Gordon is a founding member of the GB Non-native Risk Analysis Panel (NNRAP) and provides advice on non-native species and their risk assessment to the UK Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the ICES working group on introductions and transfers of marine organisms (WGITMO), the UK-TAG Alien Species Group for implementation of the Water Framework Directive. Gordon is an observer to the ICES working group on ballast and other ship vectors (WGBOSV), and he acts as an invited expert at workshops in Europe and North America on the development of NNS risk assessment protocols. Gordon has published over 170 peer-review scientific articles, many resulting from the NATO collaborative linkage network ‘Life-history traits as predictors in assessing risks of non-native fishes’, which he coordinated. Approximately half of Gordon’s scientific papers address NNS issues such as invasion pathway analysis, risk assessment protocols, and most recently he is coordinating R&D on the detection of alien species using environmental DNA analysis of water samples.
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