The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has announced the appointment of a new chief scientist.

Professor Grant Stentiford (pictured above, left) will lead Cefas’ scientific research, proving ‘expert advice to government, industry and academia helping tackle global problems of climate change, biodiversity loss and food security’.

Cefas says that Professor Stentiford brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in marine science research and management, having led the International Centre of Excellence in animal health, published over 170 scientific papers and ‘advised various national and international organisations on the identification and impact of aquatic animal diseases in farmed and wild environments’.

“I am honoured to be taking on the role of Cefas chief scientist,” said Professor Stentiford. “As the government’s marine and freshwater science experts, I look forward to working with an excellent team of scientists, advisors and other specialists to develop and deliver innovative research programmes which look to address the complex challenges facing our ocean and implicate the sustainable management of our aquatic resources.

“A new era of Cefas science will build upon our core expertise in support of government by enhancing the use of emerging approaches such as genomics, artificial intelligence, data science and systems thinking to offer integrated evidence.”

Professor Stentiford takes over from the retiring Professor Stuart Rogers (pictured above, right), who has spent his whole career at Cefas, serving as chief scientist for the last 10 years.

Defra’s chief scientific adviser, Professor Gideon Henderson, said: ” Professor Stentiford brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new role in Cefas, and we are thrilled to have him onboard as Cefas chief scientist.

“I am confident that Cefas’ science will continue to thrive under his leadership, and that the organisation will deliver critical research to enable us to tackle today’s environmental and sustainability challenges.”

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