Daniel Bastreri BSc CSci CMarSci MIMarEST 

Director

Daniel is an experienced project manager, and has successfully managed projects ranging from large-scale commercial marine aquaculture to marine data acquisition and assessment programmes in the UK. These include several marine aquaculture hatcheries, laboratories and farms in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Indonesia, the United Kingdom’s National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP) for the NE of England, an extensive review of EA’s consents to discharge affecting 30+ European Sites in the SE in England, the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) monitoring programme of dredge disposal sites and a significant number of coastal and marine monitoring programmes in the UK and abroad.

A chartered scientist and chartered marine scientist, Daniel has twenty-seven years of continued professional experience, assessing human impacts in coastal, estuarine, marine and freshwater environments and industrial-scale marine aquaculture. He has worked with and for government organisations, local and national authorities, engineering companies, and developers, in marine licensing, providing evidence to meet the requirements of national and international environmental legislation. A former British Civil Servant, Daniel has over twelve years of experience in providing scientific evidence-based advice on human impacts in the marine environment, marine regulation and licensing to government organisations in the UK, including the Marine Management Organisation, Gloucestershire County Council and, the Planning Board (An Bord Pleanála) in the Republic of Ireland.

Daniel has specialist knowledge and experience in ecological data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, environmental impact assessments, the design of marine ecology surveys (water and sediment quality, plankton, benthos and fish), laboratory analyses (plankton), marine ecology and aquaculture. He is a trained expert witness and has participated in Public Examinations as an advisor of the Marine Management Organisation in England (Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm) and the An Bord Pleanála in Ireland (Port of Galway). He has been involved in the assessment of the impacts and/or licensing process of a significant number of National Infrastructure Development Projects (NSIPs), including the Thames Tideway Tunnel, ports and harbours (Thames Gateway, Dover, Harwich, Medway, Portsmouth, Southampton, Portland and Galway), offshore wind farms (Blyth, Thanet, Kentish Flats, Scroby Sands, London Array, Gunfleet, Westermost Rough, Rampion) and marine minerals extraction in the English Channel and the North Sea.

He is a member of the British Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technicians (IMarEST) and the Thames Estuary Partnership since 2006.


Professor Paul Leonard

Scientific Director

Paul has worked in core British government departments and scientific institutions throughout his career. He has specialised in the delivery of science–based evidence to meet policy needs, primarily in the aquatic environment.  

He has a long-term interest in the design and management of aquatic environmental monitoring programmes from point and diffuse sources. Besides contributing to over 40 scientific papers, he has advised on the content of many policy and technical documents. His work has included science audits, advising on the adequacy of current operations and future needs at government laboratories & industry. 

Paul was the Head of the Science Unit in the Marine Environment Division from 1995 to 2007 in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the UK, working with ten policy divisions with responsibilities for marine and freshwater matters. This included supervising over 60 R&D projects annually and a budget of about £3.5m. Prior to the London Olympics, Paul instigated a new environmental education and heritage initiative utilising the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund.  

In 2015, Paul co-chaired the concluding session of the 4th International Ballast Water conference advising on the implication of potential ballast water regulations for world shipping. He is currently a Scientific Adviser to the NERC TREE project ‘Integrating the science needed to underpin radioactivity assessments for humans and wildlife’. Other recent work has included contributing as an evaluator of the EU funded VALMER project assessing the management of the Channel. The EU recognises the need for good policy & scientific practices across EU countries and Paul helped Defra in an ERANET on Accidental Marine Pollution, AMPERA, where he was the Work Package Leader for the UK. Paul was reappointed in April 2015 by the Marine Management Organisation to advise the Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Agency on fisheries and environmental management issues.  

Paul was re-elected in 2013 as a Council Member of the UK Environmental Law Association and is the UKELA Council Member for Continuous Professional Development for barristers and solicitors. He has recently finished as a Council Member of the Society for Radiological Protection and chaired the 2015 and 2016 Conference Emergency Planning session. He also undertakes assessments of scientific competence for the Institute of Engineering, Science & Technology and provides advice e.g. to the Science Media Centre. His academic duties since leaving Defra in 2007 include Visiting Professorships at Plymouth, Exeter and Brunel Universities and lecturing on marine stewardship at Hull, Sheffield and Queen Mary London Universities. Paul has also worked on an Earth Watch programme on Radio 4 and with Sir David Attenborough.

 

Dr Marcelo Juanicó

Senior Scientific Advisor


Dr Marcelo Juanicó is a scientist with 40 years of professional experience in process design, environment consulting and research & development (R&D), with a focus on development. He is an international expert in the management and treatment of industrial and domestic effluents, waste water storage and reuse, aquatic ecology and aquaculture. Marcelo worked as a consultant to the United Nations for Development Program and the World Bank.

His experience includes twelve years of research and development on sewage treatment reuse and disposal, industrial effluents, brines, and control of pollution in water bodies and six years of experience in research on ecology and pollution control at the University of Science and Museum of Uruguay and São Paulo in Brazil. 

Marcelo has published more than 40 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, dozens of papers in professional journals, and hundreds of research and consulting reports. He has edited a book on wastewater storage reservoirs for the reuse of wastewater.


Dr Lindsay Jane (Muffy) Seiderer CSci CMarSci MIMarEST

Senior Advisor, Disturbance Ecology & Monitoring

Dr Lindsay Jane (Muffy) Seiderer carried out research at The University of Cape Town UCT, including studies on kelp beds and their interactions with key consumer species. The study of marine bacterial trophic interactions was initiated at UCT where she set up and ran the marine microbiological unit within the Zoology Department in order to capitalise on this new field of research. Subsequent research has centred on the analysis of the impact of industrial wastes discharges, sand & gravel extraction and other activities on seabed resources. Muffy was a director, and subsequently managing director, of Marine Ecological Surveys Limited MESL from 1990 to 2014 during which time she actively participated in senior advisory work.  

She has contributed to many publications on environmental impact studies as well as technical reports to clients on ecological surveillance. Muffy was responsible for surveys specialising in the analysis of marine community structure in relation to the impact of trade wastes and spoils deposition on biological resources in coastal waters and has wide experience in coastal resource protection in relation to infrastructure developments including leisure and marine developments, port developments, aggregate dredging and offshore windfarm developments. She has project-managed large benthic resource characterisation studies to provide clients and regulators with robust scientific information against which the effects of the developments may be measured in the future. Much of this work has been presented at international conferences. 

Muffy’s key project experience includes the provision of strategic advice to the London Gateway Port Project and the design and delivery of the marine environmental resource monitoring for the London Gateway Port Project in the Thames estuary over a period of 14 years.    

Muffy is a director of Consonamus Ltd. (http://www.consonamus.com/), a small consultancy advising on fit for purpose environmental data for marine infrastructure projects.

 

 

Esther Cook MA

Associate Senior Consultant - Social impacts, communication & community engagement

Esther is a highly experienced and motivated social scientist (MA in Sociology and Psychodynamics) with extensive expertise in the assessment of social impacts, communication, social inclusion and project management. A former British Civil Servant, Esther is passionate about sustainable development, nature conservation and community inclusion and engagement. She has extensive expertise on how to form good working relationships to support data collection, producing, proofing, editing and signing off project reports, research papers and submissions for UK government ministers. 

In previous roles such as Senior Executive Officer of the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency in Cambridge and Senior Manager of the Education Funding Agency in Nottingham and Regional Policy Manager for the Learning and Skills Council in the Eastern Region, Esther has initiated, designed, worked on and published a variety of research projects to increase participation and attainment for all stakeholders, whatever their gender, disability or ethnicity. These used focus groups, surveys results and existing numerical data and qualitative data to create research reports and briefings for UK government ministers. Her communications experience includes submissions to UK government ministers, parliamentary correspondence, policy documents, press releases and the delivery of written and verbal communication to a range of organisations in the private and public sector, including UK, ministers, parliament and No. 10 Downing Street. 

At MPM, we acknowledge that sustainability and environment management and planning are only possible working with people – local communities, business, NGOs and government organisations. Esther supports MPM’s requirements in the areas of communication, social impacts, international cooperation, education and public engagement. 

Junio Fabrizio Borsani  

Senior specialist – underwater noise and vibration

Junio Fabrizio (Fabrizio) is a zoologist specialized in underwater acoustics and the measurement, monitoring and modelling of underwater sound and vibration and its impacts on sensitive receptors in the aquatic environment.  

He advises and consults with different international bodies related to marine environment as well as cetacean conservation, such as the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, the Steering Committee of the Pelagos Sanctuary and ad hoc working groups of ACCOBAMS. Since 2009 he's advising the Italian Delegation to the International Maritime Organisation – Marine Environment Protection Committee on underwater noise irradiated from commercial ships and its effects on the marine environment. 

Between 2012 and 2015, Fabrizio worked as a 2105 Senior underwater sound/noise expert for the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), where he was the scientific lead for advice on underwater noise related research projects and activities for Cefas and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Since 1998 he is permanent staff as a senior research technician at ISPRA (former ICRAM-Central Institute For Marine Research), Rome, where he's in charge of the Laboratory of Bioacoustics.  

His work has included acoustic investigations on cetaceans such as the Sperm whale and the Finwhale in the Pelagos Sanctuary (Italy, France, Principality of Monaco), the Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River (Lao P.D.R.), and Dusky and Commerson's dolphins in Patagonia (Argentina), and the assessment of impacts of underwater noise and vibration for several major infrastructure and minerals extraction projects in the English Channel and the North Sea (England).

 

Mark Warren PhD, PGdip, BSc (Hons) 

Senior Consultant – Monitoring design and numerical analyses

Mark has worked within the ecology and environmental management sector for over twenty years and has experience of a range of species and habitat surveys, habitat management and creation, impact assessment, data analysis and management planning. He has specialist knowledge and experience in terrestrial, marine and predominantly aquatic ecology applied through fieldwork, data analysis, report writing, impact assessments and resource management planning at a range of scales. He has managed a large number of projects ranging from small-scale habitat creation, regional river flow restoration and national catchment management plans and impact assessment studies. 

Mark is a specialist in statistical analyses, including multivariate analysis using R and PRIMER, statistical modelling using R, data exploration, regression, GLM and GAM, mixed modelling and GLMM and GAMM, Bayesian mixed modelling, GLMM and GAMM using MCMC and zero inflated modelling using MCMC.  

His key projects include Habitats Directive Appropriate Assessments for Water Resources for the Norfolk Valley Fens SACs, The Broads SAC, North Norfolk Coast SAC, Essex and Suffolk coastal SPAs, Restoring Sustainable Abstraction, Norfolk Valley Fens SACs and River Wensum SAC, the development of a UK National Water Resources Assessment and Management Framework, and the development of a series of hydroecology statistical modelling projects with the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.  

Mark has developed a series of Water Framework Directive ecological indicators of severe river flow pressure, and worked on the validation of catchment management methods using hydrological and ecological data. He is an hydroecology technical advisor for the Environment Agency (England).