Dr. .Elizabeth Cottier

Elizabeth Cottier- Cook is Head of the United Nations University (UNU) and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Associate Institute, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, specialising in Marine Invasive Species at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Programme Leader for the Erasmus + Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES).

Liz has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers, a book and 5 book chapters on a variety of topics ranging from sea urchin nutrition to environmental impacts of aquaculture to marine invasive species. She has supervised 9 PhD students (5 to completion) and has been the external examiner for 4 PhD and 1 MSc thesis.

Dr. Cottier-Cook has previously managed 2 EU projects concerning the impacts of aquaculture and the development of new species for aquaculture and led 2 UK-wide projects on marine invasive species. She is currently involved in an EU COST programme "European Information System for Alien Species", a NERC International Overseas Fund Global Seaweed Programme and a Marie Curie Training Network on algal diseases and pathogens.  She is also a member of the Scottish Government Working Group on Non Native Species, which produced the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011; Scottish Government Working Group on Marine Non Native Species; MASTS Graduate School Committee; UHI Research Practitioners Group; and the UK Challenger Society Conference Committee. She is a handling editor for the journal 'Aquatic Invasions' and is currently a member of the expert network for the UK Commission for UNESCO.

Liz recently led the development of biosecurity guidance for marine invasive non-native species, which in now being used by environment agencies across the UK and has worked in collaboration with colleagues in China, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, USA and numerous countries in the Mediterranean.