Biography

I joined Cefas in 2001, where I have led research into the behavioural ecology and spatial dynamics of commercially exploited and vulnerable marine fish and shellfish.  I have progressed novel techniques for measuring population characteristics and connectivity, with notable successes in the application of archival tags in the estimation of fish location and the determination of seasonal distributions, and in linking the results of archival tagging programmes to additional natural markers, notably the chemistry of otoliths (fish ‘ear-stones’) which can provide information on the lifetime movements of individuals.

The applied focus of my Cefas research has allowed me to consider the complex relationships between fish behaviour, environmental change and fishing, and the implications for the sustainable exploitation of fish stocks into the future. I have published over 40 scientific papers, have produced articles for papers including the Daily Telegraph, have appeared on television, including the BBC’s “Coast”. As a regular gov.uk marine science blogger, I increasingly employ social media to achieve broader societal impact from Cefas work.

In 2012, I was responsible for producing the “Framework Document” that guided the independent review panel through Cefas' successful Science Review 2012. I am currently the chair of Science Development, where I am directly responsible for Cefas’ graduate programme (currently 80 PhD students) and Science Excellence KPIs (publications and strategic self-investment). As an active R&D scientist I  currently lead the Defra-funded C-Bass project (Population studies in support of the conservation of the European seabass). Other successfully delivered programmes include MEMFISH (Macro-ecology of marine finfish in UK waters, Defra), PREDATE (Detecting predation of fish eggs and larvae, Defra) and PlaiceLifeLine (EU).

I was awarded an honorary readership at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia in August 2015, sit on the Advisory Board for the School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, and the Executive Committee for the University of Southampton led 'Spitfire' DTP. I am a mentor under the University of Aberdeen Alumnus scheme, and currently supervise five PhD students. I am also an associate editor for the Springer International journal Marine Biology.

All Publications

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Lamb, P. D., Hunter, E., Pinnegar, J., Creer, S., Davies, R. G., Taylor, M. I.

(2017)

Jellyfish on the menu: mtDNA assay reveals scyphozoan predation in the Irish Sea,

in Royal Society Open Science

4

article no. 171421

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(Article)

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Mapp, J., Hunter, E., Van Der Kooij, J., Songer, S., Fisher, M.

(2017)

Otolith shape and size: The importance of age when determining indices for fish-stock separation,

in Fisheries Research

190

pp. 43-52

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Mapp, J., Fisher, M., Atwood, R., Bell, D., Greco, M., Songer, S., Hunter, E.

(2016)

Three-dimensional rendering of otolith growth using phase contrast synchrotron tomography,

in Journal of Fish Biology

88

(5)

pp. 2075–2080

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(Article)

(Published)


Sturrock, A. M., Hunter, E., Milton, J. A., Johnson, R. C., Waring, C. P., Trueman, C. N.

(2015)

Quantifying physiological influences on otolith microchemistry,

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

6

(7)

pp. 806-816

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Darnaude, A. M., Sturrock, A., Trueman, C. N., Mouillot, D., Campana, S. E., Hunter, E.

(2014)

Listening In on the Past: What Can Otolith δ18O Values Really Tell Us about the Environmental History of Fishes?,

in PLoS ONE

9

(10)

article no. e108539

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Sturrock, A. M., Trueman, C. N., Milton, J. A., Waring, C. P., Cooper, M. J., Hunter, E.

(2014)

Physiological influences can outweigh environmental signals in otolith microchemistry research,

in Marine Ecology Progress Series

500

pp. 245-264

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Sturrock, A. M., Hunter, E., Milton, J. A., Trueman, C. N.

(2013)

Analysis methods and reference concentrations of 12 minor and trace elements in fish blood plasma,

in Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology

27

(4)

pp. 273-285

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Hunter, E., Eaton, D., Stewart, C., Lawler, A., Smith, M. T.

(2013)

Edible crabs “Go West”: migrations and incubation cycle of Cancer pagurus revealed by electronic tags,

in PLoS ONE

8

(5)

article no. e63991

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Pliru, A., van der Kooij, J., Engelhard, G. H., Fox, C. J., Milligan, S. P., Hunter, E.

(2012)

Sprat feeding behaviour, selective predation, and impact on plaice egg mortality,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

69

(6)

pp. 1019-1029

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Sturrock, A., Trueman, C., Darnaude, A., Hunter, E.

(2012)

Can otolith elemental chemistry retrospectively track migrations in fully marine fishes?,

in Journal of Fish Biology

81

(2)

pp. 766-795

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Fox, C. J., Taylor, M. I., Van der Kooij, J., Taylor, N., Milligan, S. P., Albaina, A., Pascoal, S., Lallias, D., Maillard, M., Hunter, E.

(2012)

Identification of marine fish egg predators using molecular probes,

in Marine Ecology Progress Series

462

pp. 205-218

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Wiegand, J., Hunter, E., Dulvy, N. K.

(2011)

Are spatial closures better than size limits for halting the decline of the North Sea thornback ray, Raja clavata?,

in Marine and Freshwater Research

62

pp. 722-733

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Albaina, A., Fox, C. J., Taylor, N., Hunter, E., Maillard, M., Taylor, M. I.

(2010)

A TaqMan real-time PCR based assay targeting plaice (Pleuronectes platessa L.) DNA to detect predation by the brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.) and the shore crab (Carcinus maenas L.)—Assay development and validation,

in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

391

(1-2)

pp. 178-189

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Metcalfe, J. D., Righton, D. A., Hunter, E., Neville, S., Mills, D. K.

(2009)

New Technologies for the Advancement of Fisheries Science,

in Advances in Fisheries Science: 50 years on from Beverton and Holt.

Blackwell Publishing Ltd

pp. 255-279

ISBN 1405170832, 9781405170833

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Hunter, E., Cotton, R., Metcalfe, J., Reynolds, J.

(2009)

Large-scale variation in seasonal swimming patterns of plaice in the North Sea,

in Marine Ecology Progress Series

392

pp. 167-178

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Darnaude, A., Hunter, E.

(2008)

Coupled use of data storage tags and otolith microchemistry to assess population dispersal and intra-specific diversity in migratory behaviour in North Sea plaice (Pleuronectes platessa L.),

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A Molecular & Integrative Physiology

150

(3)

pp. S205

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Metcalfe, J. D., Righton, D., Eastwood, P., Hunter, E.

(2008)

Migration and habitat choice in marine fishes,

in Fish Behaviour.

Science Publishers

pp. 187-223

ISBN 978-1-57808-435-7

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Hunter, E.

(2006)

A biologically-based movement model for plaice in the North Sea,

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Darnaude, A. M., Hunter, E.

(2006)

Linking natural and electronic data records to assess population dispersal and lifetime migration in North Sea Plaice,

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Hunter, E., Berry, F., Buckley, A. A., Stewart, C., Metcalfe, J. D.

(2006)

Seasonal migration of thornback rays and implications for closure management,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

43

(4)

pp. 710-720

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