Professor Elizabeth Cottier-Cook
Elizabeth Cottier-Cook is Professor in Marine Biology, specialising in Marine Invasive Species and Biosecurity at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Programme Leader for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, including a book and 5 book chapters on a variety of topics ranging from seaweed biosecurity to the environmental impacts of aquaculture.
She has recently led a £6M research programme “GlobalSeaweedSTAR” funded by UK Research and Innovation – Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) involving DAC-list countries from around the world, which are involved in seaweed aquaculture and is currently on the Steering Committee for the Lloyds Register Foundation-funded ‘Safe Seaweed Coalition’. She has now been the lead author on two international policy briefs produced by the United Nations University on safeguarding the global seaweed industry, involving over 30 experts worldwide. She is also a member of the UN FAO Technical Working Group on Pathway Management Planning for Aquaculture Biosecurity, ICES Working Group on Introductions and Transfers of Marine Organisms (WGITMO) and the Scottish Government Working Group on Marine Non Native Species. She is currently a member of the expert network for the UK Commission for UNESCO.
Elizabeth has worked in collaboration with colleagues in China, US, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, USA, the Philippines, Malaysia, Tanzania, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and numerous countries throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. In the last 5 years, she has worked on horizon scanning projects for invasive species in the UK, Europe and the UK Overseas Territories. As part of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme, she has recently developed a ‘Progressive Management Pathway for Seaweed Biosecurity’, in collaboration with FAO and other partners.