Alaric McCarthy

Leigh Howarth

Marine Ecologist

Role at Cawthron

Leigh is a marine ecologist within the Aquaculture and Environment team at Cawthron. His research is highly applied, multi-disciplinary, and aims to improve sustainable development of aquatic resources. To date, he has worked throughout Europe, North America, and the Pacific, and has formed close partnerships with a wide variety of community groups, government departments, and fishing and aquaculture industries. Overall, Leigh is as comfortable running field projects as he is in the lab, or engaging national and international policy makers, or outreaching to local schools and communities.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Aquaculture and fisheries
  • Policy development
  • Benthic surveys (e.g. underwater cameras, scientific SCUBA dives)
  • Fishery surveys (e.g. scientific trawls and fishery dissections)
  • Mapping (e.g. multi beam bathymetry, spatial analysis)
  • Environmental impact assessments


  • PhD in Fisheries Ecology, The University of York, UK, 2014

  • MSc in Marine Environmental Management, The University of York, UK, 2010

  • BSc in Ecology, The University of East Anglia, UK, 2009

Alaric McCarthy