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Our Associates

Associates have contributed to the groups work in a variety of ways, through our research, teaching and consultancy activities.

In general they have been active partners over several years and continue to enrich the range and quality of our work as academics, practitioners and mentors.

Our associates reflect the diversity of our activities and the scope of our ambition- to integrate aquaculture into society to the greater benefit.


Stuart Bunting is a specialist in wetlands and their relationship with aquaculture

Stuart Bunting is a specialist in wetlands and their relationship with aquaculture

Dr Stuart Bunting has 15 years experience coordinating development projects and consultancy assignments  concerning the sustainability of peri-urban aquatic production systems in Asia. Between 2005 and 2015 he was based at the University of Essex, England and conducted research, capacity-building and conservation projects focused on climate change, food security and livelihoods. Currently he is an independent researcher and consultant at Bunting Aquaculture, Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Conservation Services providing expertise in: bioeconomic modelling of agricultural and aquaculture systems and alternative land-use management practices; stakeholder Delphi assessments for building and evaluating consensus for natural resources management; integrated action planning for wise-use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation [see]; carbon footprint assessments of farming systems and product value chains to mitigate GHG emissions. See Stuart's research output and current activities at Research Gate and LinkedIn.

Roy Clarke is a specialist in aquaculture business development

Roy Clarke is a specialist in aquaculture business development

Dr Roy Clarke has over 30 years experience in aquaculture and business development. He is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Aquaculture, teaching aquaculture business appraisal and business development to MSc level students. Working with Professor James Muir, he started Stirling Aquaculture (the consultancy arm of the Institute of Aquaculture) in the 1980s and continues to lead or contribute to Stirling Aquaculture consultancy projects as appropriate.  

See Roy's profile on the University Website or LinkedIn.

Shui Yan is a specialist in crustacean reproductive physiology

Shui Yan is a specialist in crustacean reproductive physiology

Dr Shui Yan is working with the Sustainable Aquaculture Research Group as a visiting Research Fellow funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Since completing her PhD at Nanjing Normal University, Shui has been working in the Freshwater Fisheries Research Centre, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences in Wuxi in the Laboratory of Freshwater Fisheries and Germplasm Resources Utilization. A key focus of her recent research has been in breeding technologies for crustaceans and in particular freshwater crayfish. This includes study of reproductive physiology and underlying molecular mechanisms. Shui is collaborating with Simão Zacarias who is working on alternatives to eye stalk ablation for breeding shrimp and with several staff in the Institute on other projects concerning aquaculture product safety and market opportunities for Chinese products in Europe.

Dr. Mahmoud Eltholth

Current position: Assistant Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt

Education: Mahmoud Eltholth had his first degree in Veterinary Sciences in 1998 and MVSc in Veterinary Public Health in 2002. He then awarded a PhD in Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health, University of London, the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK, 2011. Mahmoud was interested in health economics therefore he completed a MSc in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare, City University of London, UK, 2015.

Research Interests: Epidemiology and Public Health, Aquaculture, Risk analysis at the Human-Animal Interface, Health Economics, Economic Evaluation in Healthcare.

Contact details: Email address: Skype: meltholth