A two-year project to analyse the state of the East Coast, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
The Scottish East Coast Review brings together four Local Coastal Partnerships (LCPs) to understand the current state and future needs of Scotland's East Coast.
We will engage a broad range of stakeholders and gather, analyse and share information from the Firth of Forth, Firth of Tay, East Grampian, and Moray Firth coastal regions. This information will be used to understand regional pressures and opportunities, and to help to improve decision making.
Knowledge about the current state of the environment, impacts on the environment, and economic and social activities will be gathered to enable the coastal partnerships to better support their stakeholders. This will aid planning and management at local and regional level through enhanced access to a deeper wealth of knowledge about the unique natural environment.
The review will collect the evidence required for regional marine planning and to support management of sustainable coasts and seas. We will also explore how to incorporate more citizen science into the evidence base and so make a greater contribution to decision making.
The review will, in its entirety, enable the LCPs to offer and provide crucial support to communities together with public, private and voluntary organisations of all sizes and the important roles they play in every region.
Anna holds a Masters in Environmental and Energy Management from University of Piraeus, a Bachelor degree in Economics and Regional Development from Panteion University and has done studies in Business Administration and Management in Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti. Her Master’s thesis was on The value of nature: Economic benefits of eco-system services vs. the willingness-to-pay for nature conservation. Anna has managed for many years conservation projects for endangered species in MPAs and NATURA 2000 network sites in Greece and has spent many years in field research with the use of technology (drones, temperature loggers and GSM and Satellite tags). At the same time, she has done a lot of work for Environmental Awareness, Citizen Science and fishermen. As for side projects and social work, she is a Co- founder and Treasurer of Electra Energy Cooperative, she manages the social media of 9Trees, is a member of ARCHELON and an activist in Greenpeace Greece. On her free time she enjoys to read, travel, chess and working out.
Jessica BRIONY JONES
Senior Project Officer
Jessica has a PhD with the University of Aberdeen (in collaboration with the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute and the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department) in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology on a commercial squid species. She has an academic and practical background in fisheries, life history ecology and cephalopods and an analytical background in ageing, trace element and isotopic analysis. She has spent most of her career in the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department working as a scientific fisheries observer, post-doctoral researcher and PhD supervisor for an ecosystem model and stable isotope based PhD. Prior to joining the SEaCoR project, she was working as a squid ageing specialist with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, USA undertaking ageing and trace element analysis to inform their Northern shortfin squid research track assessment. Beyond her work, Jessica studies for an MBA with Heriot-Watt University in her spare time and enjoys hiking and travelling.
Hayley- Bo DORRIAN- BAK
Hayley holds a Masters in Global Environmental Law and Governance (University of Strathclyde) specialising in areas relating to the Law of the Sea and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Political Science (University of Western Ontario). While working as a Project Officer Scottish East Coast Review she continues to work with the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) as a Senior Research Assistant for the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI). Before this role, she worked with SCELG conducting legal and policy research and analysis on protections for Scottish ancient and semi-ancient woodland in support of a submission to the Scottish Government Parliamentary Petitions. Hayley held a similar position conducting legal research on the collective rights of indigenous people to land, territory, and natural resources in support of a professors consultancy to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization She has recently published an article with the Global Affairs Review on Arctic state's national and international polices driving reductions in CO2 emissions and achieving Paris Agreement targets. On her spare time she enjoys travelling, climbing, and hill walking.
Sara DE GIORGIO
Sara holds a Masters in International Development (University of Edinburgh) and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology (University in Manchester). Sara’s master thesis analysed the contributions of an NGO project to biodiversity conservation and sustainable socioeconomic development. During her bachelors she spent a year in industry working for ARCAS Guatemala analysing the effect of nest depth and size on the hatching success of the olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), and then went on to work as a Research Assistant for a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica. She completed her dissertation examining the effects of climate change on mermaid’s purses of the small spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) which has since been published. Beyond her work Sara enjoys yoga, wild swimming, hiking and cooking.