Dr Steve Simpson
Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Global Change

External responsibilities

Committee/panel activities

  • NERC College

    UK Representative: ICES Working Group for Fish Ecology

    Bristol/Exeter Representative: Underwater Sound Forum

    I was the lead author for UK Parliament 2013 Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) report on climate change and fish

    I am a NERC / Cabot Institute Knowledge Exchange Fellow (Cabot Fellows Page / Blog), so alongside my research I work with research end-users (aka the real world), including policy makers, marine industries, fisheries scientists and conservation groups. I have a diverse range of partners, including Defra, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, the IUCN, the UK Underwater Sound Forum, and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, with whom I organise workshops, develop policy documents and policy briefings and build science-industry links to ensure the science we produce is of real value to society.

    I am committed to developing a sustainable, productive, prosperous, and aesthetically inspiring marine environment from which future generations can draw economic benefit and enjoyment in equal measures.

Editorial responsibilities

  • I have reviewed for >10 funding agencies, >30 journals and 2 books and examined several postgraduate theses.

Invited lectures

  • I have given >10 Invited conference talks, >40 Conference Presentations, >40 University Seminars, >20 student/collaborator talks at conferences, >20 public lectures and >10 invited talks to policy makers

Workshops/conferences organised

  • I have convened symposia at international conferences, including:

    2012 – Convener, Larval ecology symposium, International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns
    2010 – Convener, Larval behaviour symposium, Larval Biology conference, Wellington
    2006 – Convener, Marine bioacoustics symposium, Ocean Sciences conference, Honolulu

    I have organised conferences and workshops, including

    2012 – Convener, Biological Effects of Marine Noise Knowledge Exchange, Bristol
    2007 – Scottish Tropical Biology Meeting, Edinburgh
    2006 – Scottish Fish Symposium, Millport

Media coverage

  • I am an experienced communicator (Daily Telegraph Science Writer 2001) with a passion for delivering science to the public and to children. I have provided expert interviews (e.g. BBC News, BBC Countryfile, BBC Radio 4, New Scientist), given public lectures (e.g. TEDx, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Southbank Centre), organised ecotourism events (e.g. Sea & Learn on Saba), and led biodiversity initiatives in secondary and primary schools.

    My research has been widely covered by:

    Radio: BBC R4 “Sound of Life” documentary, CBC “Quirks & Quarks” features, NPR interview, ABC Australia Interviews, Deutschland Radio interview, Radio Sweden Interview, NERC podcasts

    Newspapers: Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, New York Times, LA Times, Herald Tribune, Seattle Times, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald

    Science/Specialist publications: Science Random Samples, Science Online, Nature Online, New Scientist News, Scientific American, The Scientist, NERC Planet Earth, National Geographic
    For hyperlinks, please see Research Page

Research funding

  • Recent Funding

    2014 – NERC MREKEP, GW4 and Exeter-NERC Impact Accelerator funding (>£50k)
    2014 – Marine Scotland-Exeter-Bristol Marine Noise project (£50k)
    2014 – Exeter-Bristol-Cefas GW4 Studentship (£50k)
    2014 – Bristol-Exeter-Cefas GW4 Studentship (£50k)
    2014 – 2 x Exeter GW4 Studentships (£50k)
    2014 – Ecocean-Exeter-Bristol Marine Noise project (€300k)
    2013 – Cefas-CASE PhD studentship (£50k)
    2013 – NERC/TSB Knowledge Transfer Partnership with HR Wallingford (£300k) - Academic Lead
    2012 – WUN Research Development Fund (£14k)
    2012 – FCT Portugal – Ocean acidification and fish (€122k) – I am a co-I
    2012 – Marine Scotland – Hearing in salmonids (£10k)
    2012 – NERC-CASE PhD Studentship (£50k)
    2012 – ARC funding to work with Mark McCormick at Lizard Island (£4k)
    2012 – NERC KE Fellowship Extension (£30k)
    2012 – NERC Impact Case Study Grant Exeter (£5k)
    2012 – NERC Impact Case Study Grant Bristol (£10k)
    2011 – FSBI Travel Grant (£1000)
    2011 – Bristol Marine Noise Workshop: SOFI fund (£7650), MREKE (£7650), USF (£500)
    2011 – NERC KE Fellowship (£103k)
    2011 – ANNiMs otolith grant (A$300k) – I am a co-I
    2010 – NERC PhD studentship (£60k) – I am a co-supervisor
    2010 – Bristol Research Committee grant (£2,000)
    2010 – Defra Anthropogenic Sound (£600k) – I am a co-I
    2010 – London Fisheries Symposium Grant (£200)
    2010 – BBSRC Public Engagement Award for Biodiversity Week (£4,647)
    2010 – PISCES International Travel Grant to attend International Symposium of Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries in Sendai, Japan (£1,066)
    2010 – ARC funding to work with Phil Munday at James Cook University (£769)
    2009 – AIMS Visiting Academic Grant (£2,500)
    2008 – CRISP Grant for work in Moorea (€87,780) – I am a co-I

    Additional Grants with my students, postdocs and collaborators

    2013 – Society of Biology/British Ecological Society and Fishmongers Company Internship (£2,600)
    2012 – NERC Business Internship for my PhD Student Irene Voellmy (£16k)
    2012 – NERC Business Internship for my postdoc Rick Bruintjes (£16k)
    2012 – Royal Society Newton Fellowship and AXA Fellowship for Cosima Porteus (with Rod Wilson; £400k)
    2012 – UWA Travel Grant for Adam Roundtry (with Mark Meekan; £2k)
    2009 – EU studentship for Irene Voellmy (with Andy Radford) (£49k)
    2009 – Research Committee Summer studentship for Julius Piercy (with Andy Radford)

Awards/Honorary fellowships

  • 2008 – Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Oman Expedition
    2003 – Shortlisted (6) for Royal Institution / L’Oreal Graduate of the Year
    2002 – Best Presentation, Ecology & Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes conference, Québec
    2001 – Winner, Daily Telegraph (20-27) Young Science Writer Award: “Solo’s Odyssey”

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