Associate Research Fellows

Dr Alastair Lavery

Senior Research Fellow

Alastair is an arachnologist from Scotland with a first degree for Glasgow University followed by a PhD at Paisley College of Technology on the community ecology of arachnids in a Highland glen. His professional work after this was in education, specialising in sustainable development education, but his interest in spiders was never completely extinguished.  His work with the RSPB, before he retired, took him to the Falkland Islands where he began a long term project into the larger arachnids of the islands, adding South Georgia as it became clear how closely related the spider communities were. This continuing project has, to date, doubled the number of spider species known on the islands to 46. Two species have been added to South Georgia’s shorter list, now at 6 species.  The main focus at present is describing the 14 new species found from both island groups, with analysis of the distribution and ecology of all the species just beginning.  Alastair is currently president of the British Arachnological Society.

Dr Haseeb Randhawa

Senior Research Fellow

Haseeb was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and completed his BSc in Zoology at McGill University. During his degree, Parasitology was his favourite class and he became fascinated with parasites. Parasitism is the most successful evolutionary adaptation on the planet with more than half the species on Earth having adopted parasitism as a means of life. He then pursue a MSc in Parasitology at the Institute of Parasitology (McGill University) describing the parasite communities of four skate species in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. During this time, his passion for sharks and skates developed whilst continuing to nurture his interest in parasites. Combining these, he went on to complete a PhD at the University of New Brunswick (Canada) where he studied the determinants of host specificity in skate parasites in the northern Atlantic Ocean. During the latter stages of these studies, Haseeb had the opportunity to join a research cruise in the Falkland Islands to work on the parasite communities of skates off the Falkland Shelf. He completed four years of postdoctoral work at the University of Otago in New Zealand investigating the drivers of parasite diversity and host specificity in sharks and skates. Prior to taking on his current role as fisheries scientist for the Falkland Islands Government, Haseeb worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow for the Ecology Degree Programme at the University of Otago for nearly five years. Over the past few years, he have been collaborating with members of the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department on various projects, primarily on using otolith microchemistry to differentiate between different commercial fish stocks. However, knowledge of parasites in the Falkland Islands Shelf ecosystem, especially those of squid (the main fisheries we manage), is essential to develop an ecosystem-based management approach to fisheries.

Professor Michael Harte

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Harte is Professor and in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU) and specializes in Marine Resource Management, Marine Spatial Planning and fisheries Management.

Most recently he took a two and a half leave absence from 20011 to 2013 from OSU and lead WWF – Australia’s marine program.  He was heavily engaged in Australia’s responsible seafood movement and managed corporate partnerships with sector leading supermarkets, brands, aquaculture and nutraceutical companies.

Prior to coming to the USA in 2005 he held the position of Economic Adviser to the Falkland Islands Government and was responsible for the provision of strategic and operational policy and economic advice to the Governor, Chief Executive, and elected representatives of the Falklands Islands Government.

Dr Harte has also been the General Manager, Policy and Science, for the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council. He was responsible for providing policy and scientific leadership and related services to the seafood industry, New Zealand Government, and other fishery stakeholders.

He has specific research interests in:

  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Rights-based fishery management systems.
  • Co-management of coastal marine resources.
  • Market transformation and sustainable seafood.

Dr. Harte has chaired and served on many advisory boards, committees, working groups and provided scientific and policy advice to a wide range of stakeholders at local, national and international levels.  In 2006, he was appointed by the governor to Oregon's Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team, a scientific review panel charged with advising the State of Oregon on matters of science related to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Seafood Consumer Center based in Astoria Oregon.

Dr Paul Brewin

Senior Research Fellow

Paul gained his PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand, studying the deep-benthic community ecology in New Zealand's fjords, and has held a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California San Diego, where he studied seamount community ecology and oceanography. Paul has a general interest in marine benthic communities and has published across a wide range of topics including sea urchin reproductive ecology, drivers of community diversity, deep-sea coral predictive distribution modelling, and history of deep-sea research. Paul is also interested in the shallow marine ecology of and participate in activities the Shallow Marine Surveys Group.

Dr Martin Collins

Senior Research Fellow

Originally from Liverpool, Martin first came to the Falklands as a fisheries observer in 1990, but left after a year to undertake a PhD investigating the ecology of squid around the Irish Coast. After completing his PhD Martin worked at Aberdeen University, researching deep-sea fish ecology and lecturing. In 2002, after seven years in Aberdeen, Martin moved to the British Antarctic Survey to work on the ecology of Southern Ocean nekton (fish and squid). In May 2009 Martin moved to the Falklands to take up a post as Director of Fisheries and Chief Executive for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.