Professor Manuel Barange, Director of Science and Deputy Chief Executive of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, is moving to a new and exciting role with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome from May.
Manuel will be taking on the position of Director of FAO Fisheries and Agriculture Policy and Resources Division.
Following a period as Executive Director of the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics programme, he became PML’s Director of Science in 2010, and then Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. PML’s Chief Executive, Professor Stephen de Mora is delighted at the recognition of Manuel’s knowledge and talents this new post reflects: “Manuel has been a highly valued member of PML’s Senior Management Team and has led the Science Team with distinction, developing and implementing two science plans. At the same time, he has maintained his own high quality research, with noteworthy publications in prestigious scientific journals. Much of his most recent work has revolved around the future of global fisheries in the face of worldwide environmental changes, which is a perfect match for his new role. We all wish him continued success in the future.”
While sad to be leaving PML and his many friends, Manuel is excited and ready to face the challenges of his new job: “I have enjoyed every minute of my time at PML and feel privileged to have worked alongside so many talented and innovative scientists. I now relish the challenge of being Director of the FAO Fisheries and Agriculture Policy and Resources Division, which will enable me to build upon my fisheries knowledge and experience to make a real difference for future food security in the context of global environmental change.”
Manuel’s position as Director of Science will be taken up by Professor Icarus Allen, who currently leads PML’s world-renowned ecosystem modelling group, which he has developed over the last decade. “Working under Manuel’s leadership has been both rewarding and inspiring. I look forward to taking up his mantle and building upon his success as PML continues to flourish.”
Mr Jerry Blackford, a key contributor to the PML modelling group’s achievements, will assume the role of Head of Science – Marine Ecosystem Models and Predictions.