OATA has announced that Matthew Hill will be joining its team as a scientific support officer.
He joins from the University of Portsmouth where he was a research associate working on trade data analysis.
In his new role, he will support OATA’s Scientific and Technical advisor with analysis, research and evaluation on a diverse portfolio of issues, including a review of current advice and guidance, identifying and researching knowledge gaps and building OATA’s scientific evidence base.
Hill gained a first class honours degree in marine biology at Portsmouth University before completing a Masters in Ecology and Conservation at Brighton University.
OATA CEO Dominic Whitmee said: “Our sector is facing increasing pressures from the animal rights lobby so Matthew joins us at just the right time. There are a lot of issues that will keep Matthew busy so his scientific and analytical skills will be a valuable asset to the team and I very much look forward to working with him.”
Hill added: “The aquarium trade has been my main focus for the majority of my life and I’m really excited to start working with OATA.
“It is a brilliant opportunity for me to combine my passion for aquatics and my previous research experience to help try and solve real-world issues for the trade and give the best possible advice to hobbyists.”