Professor Neat joined WMU in August 2019. From Scotland, he has a broad research background in freshwater and marine ecosystems and management. His research has spanned Zambia, Mexico and Italy and most extensively the NE Atlantic as a researcher (fisheries ecology) at the Scottish Government’s Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen. Prior to joining WMU he was Head of Strategic Research at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in London. There he led a programme of research, monitoring and evaluation of the global impact of the MSC.
He has specialised in research on deepwater marine ecosystems and the migration patterns and population structure of fish. His research has been applied to marine management and policy development, including the implementation of a network of Marine Protected Areas and the development of EU policy on deep-water fishing regulations. His research also led to discoveries of novel deep-water habitats including sponge reefs and cold seep ecosystems. He has published around 80 peer review papers and undertaken extensive science advisory work for the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the European Commission at the UN. He has a particular interest in the marine ecosystems, fisheries and management of the High Seas.
His teaching experience has been mainly at Masters level and includes fish ecology (Aberdeen University) and Global Fisheries (Imperial College, London). He has supervised numerous post-graduate students, many to PhD level.