Biography

My honorary position in the School of Environmental Sciences follows from working links with UEA that extend back to the early 1990s, when I joined the School of Biological Sciences as a post-doc working on fisheries and biodiversity. Much of this work was done in collaboration with scientists at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). I went on to work for Cefas on a full-time basis in 1999, but also continued to enjoy working closely on projects and courses with UEA, latterly facilitated by honorary positions as Chair in the School of Biological Sciences from 2005 and Environmental Sciences from 2008.

From 2008 to 2013 I spent a day each week at UEA to develop and facilitate research collaborations between UEA and Cefas; a contribution to a strategic alliance signed by UEA and Cefas in 2008. This alliance was well supported by both parties and led to new work on marine ecosystems, fisheries, pollution, coastal erosion, climate change, marine policy and oceanography. I continued working with Cefas until early 2017, in several roles, including as a lead scientist and lead adviser, and contributed to the development and opening of the joint UEA and Cefas Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS).

Today, I Chair the Science Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Copenhagen. As Chair, I work with Committee members, the ICES Secretariat and the ICES network to increase the scope, quality and impact of ICES science.

I also engage in varied scientific and advisory roles outside my regular work (see "External Activities"). These have included time as a member, and currently as Chair, of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Technical Advisory Board. Former roles included working with the core group contributing to development of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and defining associated management regions and Chairing the ICES Advisory Committee on Ecosystems.

Ongoing areas of work, in addition to the research topics described in "Key research interests", focus on:

Marine ecosystems and their interactions with people and the environment

Developing methods for monitoring, assessing and managing marine systems

Improving links between fundamental, applied and translational marine research

Generating and presenting scientific advice to inform policy development and management

Details of research outputs can be found here. Some data and publications can be downloaded here

All Publications

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Tittensor, D. P., Eddy, T. D., Lotze, H. K., Galbraith, E. D., Cheung, W., Barange, M., Blanchard, J. L., Bopp, L., Bryndum-Buchholz, A., Büchner, M., Bulman, C., Carozza, D. A., Christensen, V., Coll, M., Dunne, J. P., Fernandes, J. A., Fulton, E. A., Hobday, A. J., Huber, V., Jennings, S., Jones, M., Lehodey, P., Link, J. S., Mackinson, S., Maury, O., Niiranen, S., Oliveros-Ramos, R., Roy, T., Schewe, J., Shin, Y., Silva, T., Stock, C. A., Steenbeek, J., Underwood, P. J., Volkholz, J., Watson, J. R., Walker, N. D.

(2018)

A protocol for the intercomparison of marine fishery and ecosystem models: Fish-MIP v1.0,

in Geoscientific Model Development

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(4)

pp. 1421-1442

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Sciberras, M., Hiddink, J. G., Jennings, S., Szostek, C. L., Hughes, K. M., Kneafsey, B., Clarke, L. J., Ellis, N., Rijnsdorp, A. D., McConnaughey, R. A., Hilborn, R., Collie, J. S., Pitcher, C. R., Amoroso, R. O., Parma, A. M., Suuronen, P., Kaiser, M. J.

(2018)

Response of benthic fauna to experimental bottom fishing: A global meta-analysis,

in Fish and Fisheries

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Mazor, T. K., Pitcher, C. R., Ellis, N., Rochester, W., Jennings, S., Hiddink, J. G., McConnaughey, R. A., Kaiser, M. J., Parma, A. M., Suuronen, P., Kangas, M., Hilborn, R.

(2017)

Trawl exposure and protection of seabed fauna at large spatial scales,

in Diversity and Distributions

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pp. 1280–1291

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Barry, J., Maxwell, D., Jennings, S., Walker, D., Murray, J.

(2017)

Emon: an R-package to support the design of marine ecological and environmental studies, surveys and monitoring programmes,

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

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pp. 1342–1346

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Padfield, D., Lowe, C., Buckling, A., Ffrench-Constant, R., Jennings, S., Shelley, F., Ólafsson, J. S., Yvon-Durocher, G.

(2017)

Metabolic compensation constrains the temperature dependence of gross primary production,

in Ecology Letters

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(10)

pp. 1250–1260

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Hiddink, J. G., Jennings, S., Sciberras, M., Szostek, C. L., Hughes, K. M., Ellis, N., Rijnsdorp, A. D., McConnaughey, R. A., Mazor, T., Hilborn, R., Collie, J. S., Pitcher, C. R., Amoroso, R. O., Parma, A. M., Suuronen, P., Kaiser, M. J.

(2017)

Global analysis of depletion and recovery of seabed biota after bottom trawling disturbance,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

114

(31)

pp. 8301–8306

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Adams, G. L., Jennings, S., Reuman, D. C.

(2017)

Community management indicators can conflate divergent phenomena: two challenges and a decomposition-based solution,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

54

(3)

pp. 883–893

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Pitcher, C. R., Ellis, N., Jennings, S., Hiddink, J. G., Mazor, T., Kaiser, M. J., Kangas, M. I., McConnaughey, R. A., Parma, A. M., Rijnsdorp, A. D., Suuronen, P., Collie, J., Amoroso, R., Hughes, K. M., Hilborn, R.

(2017)

Estimating the sustainability of towed fishing-gear impacts on seabed habitats: a simple quantitative risk assessment method applicable to data-limited fisheries,

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

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pp. 472–480

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Januchowski-Hartley, F. A., Graham, N. A. J., Wilson, S. K., Jennings, S., Perry, C. T.

(2017)

Drivers and predictions of coral reef carbonate budget trajectories,

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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article no. 20162533

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Watson, R. A., Pitcher, T. J., Jennings, S.

(2017)

Plenty more fish in the sea?,

in Fish and Fisheries

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pp. 105–113

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Jennings, S., Stentiford, G. D., Leocadio, A. M., Jeffery, K. R., Metcalfe, J. D., Katsiadaki, I., Auchterlonie, N. A., Mangi, S. C., Pinnegar, J. K., Ellis, T., Peeler, E. J., Luisetti, T., Baker-Austin, C., Brown, M., Catchpole, T. L., Clyne, F. J., Dye, S. R., Edmonds, N. J., Hyder, K., Lee, J., Lees, D. N., Morgan, O. C., O'Brien, C. M., Oidtmann, B., Posen, P. E., Ribeiro Santos, A., Taylor, N. G. H., Turner, A. D., Townhill, B. L., Verner-Jeffreys, D. W.

(2016)

Aquatic food security: insights into challenges and solutions from an analysis of interactions between fisheries, aquaculture, food safety, human health, fish and human welfare, economy and environment,

in Fish and Fisheries

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pp. 893–938

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Nash, K. L., Graham, N. A. J., Jennings, S., Wilson, S. K., Bellwood, D. R.

(2016)

Herbivore cross-scale redundancy supports response diversity and promotes coral reef resilience,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

53

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pp. 646–655

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Thorpe, R., Dolder, P., Reeves, S., Robinson, P., Jennings, S.

(2016)

Assessing fishery and ecological consequences of alternate management options for multispecies fisheries,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

73

(6)

pp. 1503-1512

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Padfield, D., Yvon-Durocher, G., Buckling, A., Jennings, S., Yvon-Durocher, G.

(2016)

Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton,

in Ecology Letters

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(2)

pp. 133-142

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Garcia-Carreras, B., Jennings, S., Le Quesne, W.

(2016)

Predicting reference points and associated uncertainty from life histories for risk and status assessment,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

73

(2)

pp. 483-493

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Crook, D. A., Lowe, W. H., Allendorf, F. W., Erős, T., Finn, D. S., Gillanders, B. M., Hadwen, W. L., Harrod, C., Hermoso, V., Jennings, S., Kilada, R. W., Nagelkerken, I., Hansen, M. M., Page, T. J., Riginos, C., Fry, B., Hughes, J. M.

(2015)

Human effects on ecological connectivity in aquatic ecosystems: Integrating scientific approaches to support management and mitigation,

in Science of the Total Environment

534

pp. 52–64

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Reum, J., Jennings, S., Hunsicker, M.

(2015)

Implications of scaled d15N fractionation for community predator–prey body mass ratio estimates in size-structured food webs,

in Journal of Animal Ecology

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pp. 1618–1627

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Hyder, K., Rossberg, A. G., Allen, J. I., Austen, M. C., Barciela, R. M., Bannister, H. J., Blackwell, P. G., Blanchard, J. L., Burrows, M. T., Defriez, E., Dorrington, T., Edwards, K. P., Garcia-Carreras, B., Heath, M. R., Hembury, D. J., Heymans, J. J., Holt, J., Houle, J. E., Jennings, S., Mackinson, S., Malcolm, S. J., McPike, R., Mee, L., Mills, D. K., Montgomery, C., Pearson, D., Pinnegar, J. K., Pollicino, M., Popova, E. E., Rae, L., Rogers, S. I., Speirs, D., Spence, M. A., Thorpe, R., Turner, R. K., Van Der Molen, J., Yool, A., Paterson, D. M.

(2015)

Making modelling count - increasing the contribution of shelf-seas community and ecosystem models to policy development and management,

in Marine Policy

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pp. 291-302

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Jennings, S., Cogan, S.

(2015)

Nitrogen and carbon stable isotope variation in northeast Atlantic fishes and squids,

in Ecology

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pp. 2568

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Jennings, S., Van Der Molen, J.

(2015)

Trophic levels of marine consumers from nitrogen stable isotope analysis: estimation and uncertainty,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

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pp. 2289-2300

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Key Research Interests

Population, community and ecosystem ecology; biodiversity; macroecology; food webs; life histories; stable isotope analysis; fisheries ecology and management; food security; environmental management systems and policy.

My research collaborations in these fields have spanned the continuum from fundamental to applied and used a wide range of data, experiments, methods and models at time and space scales relevant to the questions being addressed. The intended outcome of the research is better understanding of marine systems and their interactions with people and the environment; understanding that is being used to improve methods of monitoring, assessment and management. 

Publications: Please see EPrints Digital RepositoryGoogle Scholar, Research Gate

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Marine Stewardship Council, Technical Advisory Board. Chair (2017-)
  • Programme Review, NOAA NEFSC Woods Hole, Member (2016)
  • Marine Stewardship Council, Technical Advisory Board. Member (2014-)
  • Seafish, Science Advisory Group. Member (2015-2016)
  • Evaluation Committee, Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES), University of Wageningen (2014)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Workshop on Ecosystem Overviews. Chair (2013)
  • Marine Biodiversity Evidence Co-ordination Board, U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Member (2012-)
  • Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries of the European Commission. Member (2011-2015)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Workshop on Marine Biodiversity. Co-Chair (2011)
  • Scientific Evaluation Committee, Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ). Member (2011)
  • Independent Expert Review Group (Marine Conservation Zones), U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Member (2011-2012)
  • Expert Panel on "Sustaining Canada's Marine Biodiversity: responding to challenges posed by climate change, fisheries, and aquaculture", Royal Society of Canada, Ottawa. Member (2010-2012)
  • U.K. Marine Biodiversity Policy Steering Group, U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Member (2010-2012)
  • Scientific Advisory Board “Effective Use of Ecosystem and Biological Knowledge in Fisheries”, European Commission. Member (2010)
  • Scientific Advisory Panel “Barents Sea ecosystem resilience under global environmental change”, Norwegian Research Council. Member (2010-2013)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Science Committee. U.K. member (2009-2011)
  • Accreditation Board: Aquaculture and Fisheries, Wageningen University. Chair (2009)
  • Programme Advisory Board, Scottish Association for Marine Science. Member (2009-2011)
  • FP7 Group (call development) “Knowledge-base for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management”, European Commission. Member (2009)
  • Global Biodiversity Sub-Committee (GBSC) U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Member (2008-2010)
  • Programme Advisory Board, Marine Biological Association. Member (2007-2012)
  • Visiting Chair (Marine Science), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2007-2010)
  • Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries of the European Commission. “Expert group developing indicators to support fisheries management in Europe”. Chair (2005)
  • Royal Society Marine Advisory Network. Member (2006)
  • Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries of the European Commission. Identifying EC requirements for data to support an ecosystem approach (revision of the data collection regulation). Chair (2005)
  • U.K. Government Working Group on Environmental Indicators. Chair (2005)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Advisory Committee on Ecosystems. Chair (2004-2006)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Advisory Committee on Ecosystems. U.K. member (2001-2003)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Management Committee for the Advisory Process. Member (2004-2006).
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Consultative Committee. Member (2004-2006)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Quality Assurance Group. Member (2004-2005)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, European Marine Strategy, Eco-regions group. Chair (2004)
  • Ecosystem Approach Working Group, European Marine Strategy. Member (2003-2004)
  • School Board, Department of Marine Sciences and Technology University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Member (2003-2012)
  • Advisory Panel, MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation, University of East Anglia. Member (2002-2006)
  • School Board, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia. External Member (2002-2007)
  • Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) Council. Member (2002-2004)
  • Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sustainable Development Working Group, Member (2001-2002)