John is Professor of Marine Biology in the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. He studied Botany and Zoology at the University of Bristol (1979-81) and doctorate research in marine symbioses at the University of Oxford, St John’s College (1981-1985), and then undertook NERC funded postdoctoral research in fish behaviour (1986-1987). John has lectured in Marine Biology since 1987, held a Visiting Lectureship at the University of Mauritius, and directed the internationally recognised MSc course in Marine Environmental Protection for 22 years. John’s research interests centre on coral reef biology and conservation developed in partnership with end users (e.g. British Indian Ocean Territory Government; Cayman Islands Government; Seychelles Island Foundation; The Nature Conservancy, USA). Most recent work has focussed on coral reefs of the UK Overseas Territories, and research strategy is driven by the need to protect marine environments largely through the establishment and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas, or use of tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment and Coastal Zone Management, often to comply with the major conventions. John has visited the Chagos Archipelago seven times, leading a Darwin Initiative Project, and two expeditions under the Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science.