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ECSA Lifetime Achievement Award Mike Elliot presented with ECSA Lifetime Achievement Award by John Humphreys

Professor Mike Elliott, FRSB, C.Biol., FRGS, FMBA - Awarded at ECSA59, San Sebastian, Spain

Mike is Director of International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists (IECS) Ltd and also Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. He is a marine biologist with wide experience and interests and his teaching, research, advisory and consultancy work includes estuarine and marine ecology, policy, governance and management.

Mike did his B.Sc. at Westfield College, London University and his the University of Stirling studying the fauna of Torry Bay in the Forth estuary. He was then employed in the new Tidal Waters Division of the Forth River Purification Board and produced many studies on the benthos and fish of the Forth estuary. He then moved to a lectureship in marine biology at the University of Hull, and became a key part of their Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Science rising to become Professor of the University as well as Director of the Institute. Under his leadership the Institute became a UK and world leader in estuarine and coastal studies.

Mike has published widely, co-authoring/co-editing 20 books/proceedings and more than 300 scientific publications. He has advised on many environmental matters for academia, industry, government and statutory bodies worldwide. Mike is a past-President of ECSA and is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Estuarine, Coastal & Shelf Science; he currently is or has had Adjunct Professor and research positions at several universities and research institutes worldwide. He was awarded Laureate of the Honorary Winberg Medal 2014 of the Russian Hydrobiological Academic Society. He is also a member of many national and international committees linking marine science to policy.