Jack M. James, BSc (Hons), PhD – Director
A highly experienced aquaculture researcher and professional, having studied and taught at Swansea University in the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) and Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre (MNC). Professionally, he has worked in Madagascar as a General Manager of a RAS eel farm, and in Malta as Head of R&D at a consultancy and CRO. His PhD focussed on protein replacement in feeds for Atlantic cod and European seabass, while he also has research experience in the development of fish vaccines and feed additives in fish and shrimp, and hatchery development experience with lobster and bivalves.
Ivan Tankovski, BSc, MSc – Technical Supervisor
A graduate of the Aquaculture Master’s program at Wageningen, Ivan joined us in March 2015 and oversees our R&D work as the technical supervisor as well as assisting in RAS builds and ongoing maintenance. He is a highly experienced R&D technician having worked on vaccine development studies, feed trials, RAS construction and technology testing and fish behavioural studies during his career to date.
Matthew E. J. Mace, FDSc, BSc (Hons) - R&D Technician
A highly experienced shellfish professional, having worked for five years in the Kentish oyster business, Matt joined us in September 2015 to support Ivan in the day to day running of the facility. With Pontus Research he now assists in all trial activities, and oversees our oyster hatchery work.
Gregory Williams, BSc – Junior R&D Technician
Greg is a recent graduate of Aberystwyth University, and joined us in March 2016 as a Junior Technician to assist in the day to day husbandry of the trial animals. He has a keen interest in aquaculture, and a good background in marine and freshwater biology.