Professor Carlos Garcia de Leaniz


Carlos Garcia de Leaniz is Professor of Aquatic BioSciences and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR). He obtained his BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) and his PhD (Zoology) at the University Aberdeen (UK), followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Glasgow and ZSL London.

He has  +30 years experience in the fields of Fish Behaviour, Conservation and Ecology, and Aquaculture-Environment Interactions.  He teaches on fish welfare, conservation of aquatic resources, exploratory data analysis, and fisheries and aquaculture at Swansea University.

In addition, he is a visiting Professor of Aquaculture at the University of La Laguna (Spain), and Crete (Greece). He has acted as grant reviewer in the UK, Norway, Chile, the EU, Switzerland, and the US, and serves as Academic Editor for PLoS ONE.  Much of his research is highly applied, has consistently attracted media interest, and is serving to inform policy.

In addition to his scientific outputs, he has published +30 articles disseminating popular science and is regularly involved in giving presentations to the public, angling clubs, fish farmers, and policy makers. He was awarded the 2014 ‘Living Streams’ prize for his contribution to the conservation of Atlantic salmon.

His work has appeared in NERC Planet Earth, BBC News Wales, Wikipedia, Practical Fish Keeping, National Geographic,  and was also the In Focus Editorial choice for Animal Behaviour.  He has an interest in the welfare of animals used in research, research integrity, and deception in science.

He chairs the Ethics Committee of the College of Science, and the Department of BioSciences, and is a member of the Centre of Excellence for Food Security  (CEFS), the Animal Welfare and Ethics Review Body (AWERB), the Research Integrity and Governance Subcommittee, and the Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN).