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Adrian Higson
Project Collaborator

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Catharine Jones
Publicity Officer

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Chris De Visser
Business Unit Manager / Business Development

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Chrystelle Verhoest
Project Collaborator

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Dr Carole Llewllyn
Scientific Staff Member

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Dr Efthalia Arvaniti
Project Collaborator

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Dr Kevin Flynn
Scientific Staff Member

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What's your role within the EnAlgae project?

I am the overall PI of the project, working at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatics Research (CSAR) in Swansea University

 

What were you doing before you joined the project?

I have a wide range of scientific interests, but these are all focussed around the development and use of dynamic systems biology models. My PhD was in experimental algal physiology, and from there I developed interests in plankton dynamics,  the transfer of energy and elements, and harmful algal blooms. I led the lynch-pin component of the Carbon Trust (UK) Algal Biofuels Challenge, which sought to generate a model-based tool for the design and operation of a microalgal biofuels production facility. I have also been a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, working on algal biofuels. Beyond Enalgae and allied algal-biotech projects, I currently work on ocean acidification impacts upon commercial fisheries, and the new paradigm for marine ecology that recognises the important role that mixotrophic protists (formally often misidentified as phytoplankton or microzooplankton) play in ecology.

 

Why you are interesting in EnAlgae?

Enalgae was launched at a time when algae were championed as a potential important contributor to European sustainable energy demands. My interest stemmed from the earlier engagement with the Carbon Trust project, with a desire to use models to focus the project, to deliver projections to aid the sustainability arguments.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

My scientific role is in the delivery of aspects of the project related to the decision support tool that will enable practitioners through to venture capitalists to gauge the potential for algae to delivery biomass and/or energy. My other role is in preparing for the satisfactory completion of the project, and in designing mechanisms for overseeing the future of the data and ideas generated during the EnAlgae project.

 

Tell us something else about yourself:

I used to write computer games, back in the days when one person could do it all, and when 1 weeks sales would equate to one year of my current salary!

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Dr Peter Schiener

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Franziska Kugler
Scientific Staff Member

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Karen Mooney
QUB Project Manager

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Shaun Richardson
Project Co-ordinator

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Sofie Van Den Hende
Project Collaborator

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