As a biological oceanographer, Prof Suthers’ research has focused on how the ecology of plankton influences the survival of the early life stages of fish. Iain’s work has made a significant contribution to the sustainable use of our oceans.
For his Fulbright, Iain will focus on the century-old problem in fisheries science of trying to forecast the annual supply of young fish to fisheries. He will use a 75-year archive of data obtained from the coastal ocean off southern California, to investigate the synergistic effects of growth and mortality of larval fish. He plans to visit those at the Chesapeake Biological Station (MD) who developed this modern view of larval ecology; and keen to learn how the U.S. has decommissioned oil and gas platforms to enhance fisheries production.