Professor James Crabbe CMarSci. FIMarEST. FRSB, CBiol, FRSC, CChem, FRGS, FRSA, FLS, SFHEA, FCollT, FIoD conducts research on coral reefs, climate change, and how organisms adapt and evolve in extreme environments.
Describe your academic/training history and how you got to where you are today.
Universities of Oxford, Manchester (PhD and DSc), Reading (Head of School of Biological Sciences) and Bedfordshire (Executive Dean of Creative Arts, Technology and Science).
Describe a typical workday
I also work with universities in China, including Fudan (Shanghai), Shandong, and Shanxi. I have worked extensively in the Caribbean and in Indonesia in marine biology. I am an Honorary Professor at Changchun University of Science & Technology. So most of my day encompasses research in collaboration with others.
What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
Biochemistry, environmental studies, bioinformatics, genetics, governance, working with journalists, cultural sensitivity to other countries and peoples.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Working with others both in this country and abroad. Working with cutting edge science in marine environments
What challenges have you had to overcome?
Collaboration needs development of evidence-based trust. This can be challenging when cultures differ significantly.
Why did you become a member of the IMarEST?
I applied for a Fellowship, had an interview, and was accepted
Give us an interesting fact about you!
I am also a Magistrate, and a member of the IMarEST Guild of Benevolence.