Kieran has an MPhil in Statistics and Modelling Science from the University of Strathclyde and PhD on modelling barnacle populations from the University of Southampton. After graduating in 1999, he went on to work on human risk associated with pesticides for Syngenta for 9 years and on veterinary epidemiology for 2 years for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, before joining Cefas in 2010.
Kieran has 20 years of experience in the application of modelling and statistics to solve problems in a wide variety of different fields including fisheries, ecology, veterinary epidemiology and pesticide residues. He has a broad range of current research interests including recreational fishing, fisheries management, citizen science, aquaculture, ecosystem modelling, risk assessment, and visualisation. These interests focus on increasing the impact of science through its uptake and use in marine policy making and management. He provides advice to policy makers at national and European level, chairs the ICES Working Group on Recreational Fishing Surveys, and leads the delivery of recreational sea fishing surveys and provides recreational sea fishing advice to Defra for England.
Kieran has in-depth understanding of the marine policy and management landscape, and is engaged in understanding how to use citizen science, recreational fishing surveys, and ecosystem modelling in support of marine policy and management. He is a member of the governing board for the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction, UKEOF citizen science group, the UK Fisheries Economics Network, and the UK Environmental Observation Framework Citizen Science Working Group. He has extensive knowledge of new methods for data collection including smartphone apps and web-based approaches. He currently supervises both postdoctoral researchers and 4 PhD students, and guest lectures at 3 universities.