Professor is Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, on secondment from University College London. Previous appointments have included Centre Director at UK Natural Environment Research Council, Professor at Warwick University, Institute Director FZ, Jülich and Senior Scientist in the Canadian Federal Government. She has published more than 200 scientific papers, articles and books in marine science, ecosystem dynamics and governance of natural resources and been awarded a number of international prizes. She has worked extensively in Europe, North America, Africa and south-east Asia and appeared in many radio and television programmes, including her own series.