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Join Professor Murray Roberts from the University of Edinburgh for his discussion on Balancing the Blue Economy: How ocean basin scale research forms the foundation for deep ocean sustainability. In his presentation, Prof Roberts will present the research being conducted by the new 'Changing Oceans' Research Group at the University of Edinburgh and that of EU funded (£1,424,160) ATLAS project (www.eu-atlas.org). This session is intended to highlight great research projects and allow researchers to consider how their research might generate new collaborations in areas that they had not previously considered.

This session is guaranteed to inspire you and we will certainly be the first with our hands up to ask Prof Roberts exactly how he & his research got in on a video on cold water corals as narrated by Sir David Attenborough...

To be confirmed: Prof Roberts may be joined by Seb Hennige to talk about how creating a tropical coral reef research programme from the ground up.

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Murray Roberts is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and co-ordinates the European ATLAS project, a 4-year, €9.3M European project to create a Trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe.

His previous roles include Reader and then Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (2009-16) where he co-ordinated the development of the Lyell Centre (2012-15). Before working in Edinburgh Murray was based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (1997-2009) with a period as Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Marine Science, University North Carolina Wilmington in the USA (2007-09).

Murray studied Biology at the University of York before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’, the first book covering the biology and geology of these important deep-sea habitats, a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and holds an honorary position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises.


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