Dr Robin Shields
Robin is currently director of the CSAR facility at Swansea University and has a wide range of skills and knowledge in applied aquaculture research, specialising in "live" feeds, larval nutrition and algal biotechnology.
BSc Zoology/Marine Biology (Wales)
PhD in Marine Biology (Wales)
Dr Adam Powell
Knowledge Transfer Officer
Adam has been resident ar Swansea University since 1999, and holds a BSc (hons) in Marine Biology and a PhD in aquatic animal pathology and immunology (2006). Since this time he has worked as an algal technician and post doctoral researcher at the CSAR, assisting delivery for a variety of applied aquaculture projects for UK and European industrial partners (aquatic animal health management and welfare). Outreach activities have included assisting aquaculture industry association groups and speaking at a number of academic and public events.
Adam’s current role mainly lies in industrial liaison with Welsh enterprises for the Algal Biotechnology for Wales KTC.
Dr Alla Silkina
KTC Research Officer
Alla has expertise with algal biotechnology and ecological physiology of microalgae. Her skills include mass and batch culture of microalgae, PBR maintenance, and the optimization of growth kinetics and assessment of growth and physiology.
BSc Phycology & Biology (V.Z. Kharazin National Kharkov University in Ukraine)
PhD Biology (University of Southern Brittany, France)
Other Staff and Students
The algal KTC is also supported by Debbie Nickson (Admin Assistant) and several other members of staff and students who work on associated projects.
Graham Nelson (MSc) - Research Assistant
Graham is a chemical engineer working on the newly established Accomplish project in collaboration with TATA Steel and will be developing algal technologies for the sequestration of CO2 from industrial flue-gases.
Craig Pooley - Research Technician
Craig works primarily in the CSAR and is responsible to algal husbandry and photobioreactor maintenance.
Two PhD students, Jiyuan Sui and Joshua Mayers also work in collaboration with the KTC on microalgal projects. Jiyuan is investigating the modeling of microalgal production systems, while Josh works with a KTC partner - Merlin Biodevelopments Ltd to optimise algal production for particular high-value products.