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Recog­ni­tion for marine ecol­o­gist with global rep­u­ta­tion

- BY RITA CAMP­BELL Science · Ecology · Oceanography · College · Earth Science · Higher Education · Sam's Club · Oban · China · Canada · Chile · New Zealand · United States of America · Philippines · Indonesia · Tanzania · Edinburgh · United Nations · Scottish Government · Scotland · UNESCO · Royal Statistical Society · Scottish Association for Marine Science · University of the Highlands and Islands · Higher Education Academy

A marine ecol­o­gist who has earned a global rep­u­ta­tion through her work at the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Marine Science (Sams) UHI in Oban, has been awarded a pro­fes­sor­ship from the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands.

Prof El­iz­a­beth Cot­tier-Cook is a global authority on the im­pacts of in­va­sive non-na­tive species on the marine en­vi­ron­ment and the devel­op­ment of novel biose­cu­rity tech­niques to min­imise their in­tro­duc­tion.

She has col­lab­o­rated with col­leagues in China, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, USA, nu­mer­ous coun­tries in the Mediter­ranean and most re­cently the Philip­pines, In­done­sia and Tan­za­nia. She also heads up the £6mil­lion Glob­alSeaweed STAR pro­ject, which seeks to im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity of the global seaweed cul­ti­va­tion in­dus­try.

Work­ing part time, Prof Cot­tierCook also runs a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional aqua­cul­ture Mas­ters course, which has at­tracted 45 stu­dents from 24 dif­fer­ent coun­tries to Sams UHI since 2015.

The mother-of-two, who is mar­ried to fel­low Sams UHI sci­en­tist Dr Finlo Cot­tier, said: “It is a great hon­our to have been awarded a pro­fes­sor­ship from the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands, a univer­sity that has been grow­ing in stature, year on year, and I am proud to play a part in that devel­op­ment.

“Sams UHI has been very sup­port­ive of me in my ca­reer and has al­lowed me to pur­sue top­ics I am pas­sion­ate about, both in terms of the aca­demic re­search and teach­ing.”

Prof Cot­tier-Cook’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Sams UHI be­gan dur­ing her PhD stud­ies in in­ver­te­brate aqua­cul­ture.

Although at­tached to Napier Univer­sity, Ed­in­burgh, she was based at Sams UHI dur­ing her stud­ies.

She joined Sams at post doc­tor­ate level in 2001 and in 2006 be­came a lec­turer in marine bi­ol­ogy.

In 2014, Prof Cot­tier-Cook was pro­moted to se­nior lec­turer and be­came head of the Sams UHI-United Na­tions Univer­sity As­so­ciate In­sti­tute.

Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands prin­ci­pal and vice-chan­cel­lor, pro­fes­sor Clive Mul­hol­land, said: “The title of pro­fes­sor is the high­est level of aca­demic achieve­ment which can be awarded.

“It is re­served for in­di­vid­u­als who are recog­nised as lead­ers in their field.

“Pro­fes­sor Cot­tier-Cook is a de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent of this title. She has forged links across the world and made an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to our un­der­stand­ing of the ef­fects of non-na­tive species on the marine en­vi­ron­ment.”

Sams UHI Di­rec­tor Prof Ni­cholas Owens said: “Prof Cot­tier-Cook is an ex­cel­lent re­searcher and lec­turer, but I also re­gard her as a su­perb role model for our stu­dents and re­searchers.

“Work­ing part-time, she has forged and main­tained a global rep­u­ta­tion as a leader in her field of study and has proven that through hard work and a pas­sion for your sub­ject, you can reach your aca­demic goals.”

Prof Cot­tier-Cook is cur­rently a mem­ber of sev­eral im­por­tant work­ing groups in­clud­ing the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment Work­ing Group on Non Na­tive Species, which pro­duced the Wildlife and Nat­u­ral En­vi­ron­ment (Scot­land) Act 2011, and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment Work­ing Group on Marine Non Na­tive Species. She is also a mem­ber of UNESCO Ex­pert Net­work and a Fel­low of the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Academy.

 ??  ?? GROUND WORK: Prof El­iz­a­beth Cot­tier-Cook is an ex­pert in her field.
GROUND WORK: Prof El­iz­a­beth Cot­tier-Cook is an ex­pert in her field.

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