1999- 2014: Honorary Senior lecturer, University of Glasgow – courses have included Conservation biology, Ecological processes, Environmental legislation in Scotland, Conservation of species, habitats and landscapes, Environmental Policy, Implementation of the Water Framework Directive and Freshwater Management. I also co-supervise three PhD students at the university. I continue to teach at the Institute of Aquaculture of the University of Stirling and I also deliver occasional lectures at the University of Edinburgh on Environmental Policy.

1995-1999: Lecturer, University of Stirling. Taught a range of courses at BSc and MSc level in: Aquaculture, Biology (General), Ecology, Environmental Management and Marine Biology. Supervision of nine PhD-level students. British Council-funded Visiting Professor of Freshwater Science at Universitidad Austral de Chile 1997-1999.

1987-1993: Taught undergraduate Biology, Ecology and Environmental Science students (all levels) and MSc Environmental Management students at the University of Ulster.

In addition to teaching at Scottish Universities I also teach on courses run for external academic institutions – such as Michigan State Universities’ Study Abroad Course.

Post-graduate student supervision

I have successfully supervised a number of PhD projects – three of these with the University of Glasgow since 2005.

  • Aspects of the conservation biology of Coregonus lavaretus in Britain. E.C. Etheridge, Completed 2009
  • Crayfish in Scotland. Z.F. Gladman, Completed 2012
  • The evolutionary ecology of lampreys (Petromyzontiformes). J.B. Hume, Completed 2012

I currently supervise 4 PhD students:

Glasgow University (2), University of Aberdeen (1) and the University of Southampton (1) in subjects ranging from the evolutionary biology and ecology of high conservation value fish species (Glasgow – with Dr Kevin Parsons & Prof Colin Adams), to investigating the impact of invasive non-native crayfish species (Aberdeen with Prof Xavier Lambin), low head hydro schemes on fish communities (Glasgow with Dr Rhian Thomas) and the impact of reintroduced European beaver on fish populations (Southampton with Dr Paul Kemp).