Staff Director (NAFC Marine Centre UHI)
Beth manages the Marine Science & Technology Department at the NAFC Marine Centre, where she has worked for the last 15 years. She has responsibility for research and development work in the fields of fisheries, marine spatial planning and aquaculture. Her role includes strategic and operational planning for the department, project and financial management and quality assurance. The role also includes liaising with key external groups and organisations.
Beth completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology (Marine and Fisheries Biology) at the University of Aberdeen, followed by an MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science before moving to the University of Glasgow to carry out her PhD researching Nephrops fisheries in the Clyde with UMBS Millport, and around Scotland with Marine Scotland. Prior to working at NAFC Beth worked for Scottish Natural Heritage, providing advice on inshore fisheries, before moving back to Shetland to work for SSQC Marine Farm Services providing monitoring services to the aquaculture industry.
Beth continues to have an active role in the delivery of research and consultancy work relating to inshore fisheries and wider marine management. She has strong links with Marine Scotland and has been involved in a range of projects which have provided advice to Marine Scotland and Inshore Fisheries Groups around Scotland.
The NAFC Marine Centre is an academic partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands and Beth is an appointed member of the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, Chair of the UHI AquacultureHUB and Vice-Chair of the Marine, Environmental Science and Engineering (MESE) Research Cluster.