Emma Verling
Post Doctoral Researcher

I am a Post-doctoral researcher working on the RAGES project, which aims to support the development and implementation of tools for assessment of Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.


Working on the RAGES project (See above)


My background is in Marine Ecology and I hold a PhD from University College Cork Following my doctoral work, I spent three years as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC working on the management of Non-Indigenous Species transfer via the shipping industry. I went on to spend ten years working in the Marine Team at JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), the statutory nature conservation advisor to the UK Government. During that time, I specialised in developing the science to advise on the implementation of EU directives, in particular, the Habitats Directive. This included technical work to identify offshore Special Areas of Conservation, complete Favourable Conservation Status assessment for marine habitats and analysing habitat data to create habitat maps for the UK waters. Laterally my work focused on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, working closely with the research and statutory community in the UK in the development of monitoring advice.