Professional summary

Bryan currently works within UKCEH’s Freshwater Restoration and Sustainability Group, Water Resources Science Area. He leads large research programmes including, currently, the NERC Long-Term Science Project BIOPOLE deploying research teams to NERC Polar Stations in Antarctica and the Arctic (e.g. Ny-Ålesund, King Edward Point, and Rothera) to assess changing nutrient delivery from land to sea. He is the Director of the Global Environment Facility Towards Sustainable Phosphorus Management in Lake Catchments Project working directly with the Chilean Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme to tackle nutrient pollution in inland and coastal waters and accelerate lake restoration in Chile and globally. He provides guidance to the UKCEH Team on the European Commission funded MERLIN project where the multiple benefits of aquatic ecosystem restoration are being demonstrated at European scale. In 2023, Bryan led the UK assessment of the environmental impacts of the Kakhovka Dam Breach, Ukraine, reporting to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office and their partners.  

Bryan regularly provides evidence to national and devolved governments and their agencies in the UK on the impacts of climate change and nutrient pollution on inland waters, serving on numerous catchment management groups in the UK over the past 20 years. He is co-chair of the International Society of Limnology Working Group on Lake Restoration and the United Nations Environment Programme coordinated World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA) WorkStream on Ecosystem Restoration. Bryan was invited to join the Technical Advisory Committee of the WWQA in 2022 and he supports the UNEP coordinated Global Partnership on Nutrient Management. He has served on international expert review panels for large research and restoration programmes. In these Science Advocacy roles Bryan has led the Our Phosphorus Future Project and the WWQA White Paper on Sustainable Lake Management

In 1999, Bryan was awarded a BSc (Hons.) in Environmental Science from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, working at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, and the (now) James Hutton Institute, Craigibuckler, providing field and laboratory support during his undergraduate degree. In 2002, he gained a Masters by Research from Simon Fraser University Canada for his work on the freshwater ecology of lakes in the Mackenzie Delta, western Canadian Arctic, publishing his first scientific paper. Bryan returned to Scotland in 2003 where he completed a PhD in freshwater and coastal ecology before completing a 1 year post-doc position in the same subject area at the Gatty Marine Lab, University of St Andrews. Bryan began his career at UKCEH as a Freshwater Ecologist in 2007 and has worked at the Edinburgh Office since then. His work assesses the effects of environmental change on lakes, rivers, and coastal ecosystems across the world and on developing new management approaches to accelerate their restoration. In 2023, Bryan was awarded the Individual Merit Promotion Level 3 by the UKRI through NERC. In 2022, he was awarded an honorary Professorship from the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh where he maintains long-standing collaborative links.