Prof Lewis Le Vay

Professor/Director of CAMS

Contact info

Room 102, Marine Centre Wales

School of Ocean Sciences

Menai Bridge LL59 5AB

Phone: +44 (0) 1248 388115

Email: l.levay@bangor.ac.uk

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I graduated in Biology from Sussex University in 1982, and an MSc in Marine Biology from Bangor University in 1989. I worked for several years on shrimp and fish nutrition and feed research and development, in collaboration with several industrial partners, with the results from this research contributed to my PhD from Bangor University in 1994. This was followed by several years working in industry and as a consultant before returning to Bangor to join EU funded research projects in SE Asia developing techniques for mangrove-integrated aquaculture and fisheries stock enhancement. I joined the academic staff in the School of Ocean Sciences as a lecturer in 2001, leading to a personal chair in October 2014. I was appointed as Director of the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences in 2012, alongside my academic role in the School.

My research has covered a broad range of aquaculture, including hatchery technologies, feeds and nutrition, aquaculture of tropical and temperate crustaceans, integration of aquaculture in coastal wetlands, wastewater remediation, and more recently bivalve shellfish aquaculture including development of offshore production systems and coastal water quality. Work on development of stock enhancement strategies has led to more ecological research in tropical and subtropical systems, principally on mangroves and seagrasses, in SE Asia, East Africa and the Arabian Gulf. My fisheries-related research has been focused on shellfish in the Irish Sea and ecosystem approaches to management of demersal fisheries in the Arabian Gulf. As director of CAMS I am also closely involved in wide range of multidisciplinary projects that link academic expertise within the School of Ocean Sciences with commercial and institutional partners in marine sectors including aquaculture, fisheries, renewable energy, coastal infrastructure development and tourism.

Contact Info

Room 102, Marine Centre Wales

School of Ocean Sciences

Menai Bridge LL59 5AB

Phone: +44 (0) 1248 388115

Email: l.levay@bangor.ac.uk

Google Scholar 

I graduated in Biology from Sussex University in 1982, and an MSc in Marine Biology from Bangor University in 1989. I worked for several years on shrimp and fish nutrition and feed research and development, in collaboration with several industrial partners, with the results from this research contributed to my PhD from Bangor University in 1994. This was followed by several years working in industry and as a consultant before returning to Bangor to join EU funded research projects in SE Asia developing techniques for mangrove-integrated aquaculture and fisheries stock enhancement. I joined the academic staff in the School of Ocean Sciences as a lecturer in 2001, leading to a personal chair in October 2014. I was appointed as Director of the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences in 2012, alongside my academic role in the School.

My research has covered a broad range of aquaculture, including hatchery technologies, feeds and nutrition, aquaculture of tropical and temperate crustaceans, integration of aquaculture in coastal wetlands, wastewater remediation, and more recently bivalve shellfish aquaculture including development of offshore production systems and coastal water quality. Work on development of stock enhancement strategies has led to more ecological research in tropical and subtropical systems, principally on mangroves and seagrasses, in SE Asia, East Africa and the Arabian Gulf. My fisheries-related research has been focused on shellfish in the Irish Sea and ecosystem approaches to management of demersal fisheries in the Arabian Gulf. As director of CAMS I am also closely involved in wide range of multidisciplinary projects that link academic expertise within the School of Ocean Sciences with commercial and institutional partners in marine sectors including aquaculture, fisheries, renewable energy, coastal infrastructure development and tourism.

Teaching and Supervision

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate modules, covering including invertebrate biology, aquaculture, fisheries, mangrove ecology and coastal zone management. 

I have supervised 12 PhD students (completed) with 4 current.  

Vu Ngoc Ut (lead supervisor) Assessment of the feasibility of stock enhancement of mud crabs, Scylla paramamosain, in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Completed 2002 Funded by EU INCO FP6

Mark Walton (lead supervisor) Population biology of crab populations in replanted and natural mangroves. Completed 2006

Fahad Al Jamali (co-supervisor with David Jones) Biodiversity and colonisation of macrofauna in an artificial lagoon, Qatar. Completed 2006. Funded by Qatar Government

Ibrahim Al Maslamani (lead supervisor) Nutrition studies in the green tiger shrimp P. semisulcatus.  Completed 2006 Funded by Qatar Government

Mark Walton (lead supervisor) The effect of habitat on the ecology and fisheries of Scylla spp.in Vietnam and Philippines. Completed 2006

Junemie Lebata Stock enhancement of the mud crabs Scylla spp. in the mangroves of Naisud and Bugtong Bato, Ibajay, Aklan, Philippines. Completed 2006 Funded by EU-INCO FP6

Julian Gamboa Delgado (lead supervisor) Application of stable isotopes in nutrition studies in aquatic species. Completed 2009 Funded by EU-Alban

Julie Webb (lead supervisor with David Thomas) Halophytes as biofilters for aquaculture wastewater treatment. Completed  

Raquel Quinta (Lead supervisor with David Thomas) Effectiveness of halophytic plants in the treatment of marine aquaculture wastewater. Completed 2013 Funded by Portuguese Government Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Thomas Galley (co supervisor with Jonathan King, Andy Beaumont) Induction of metamorphosis and seed attachment in hatchery production of the king scallop Pecten maximus (L.) and the blue mussel Mytilus edulis (L.) Completed 2014

Jack Egerton (co-supervisor with John Turner) Hydroacoustics as a tool for the assessment of fishes within existing and candidate marine protected areas (MPAs) Completed 2017

Zainab Al Wazzan (Lead supervisor with Luis Gimenez) The biology and ecology of the rocky shore crab Leptodius exaratus (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) on the coast of Kuwait. Completed 2017

Mark Chatting (Lead supervisor with Martin Skov) Ecological processes in arid mangroves. Expected completion 2020

Gemma Veneruso (co-supervisor with Line Corder and Gordon Hastie) Potential interactions of small cetaceans with marine renewable energy installations. Expected  completion 2019

Andrew Van Der Schatte Olivier (co-supervisor with Shelagh Malham, Laurence Jones, Mike Christie, James Wilson) Ecosystem services provided by shellfish aquaculture. Expected completion 2020.

Janan Bahzad (co-supervisor with John Turner) Coastal zone management in Kuwait Bay: intertidal habitat and risk mapping.

 

Grant Awards and Projects

    

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1994 - PhD
  • 1989 - MSc , Marine Biology
  • 1982 - BSc , Biology
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