Bruce Stockley

BSc PhD C-Env MIFM

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Bruce is the Head of Fisheries at Westcountry Rivers Trust and works in Westcountry Rivers Limited as a senior environmental consultant. He is a specialist in fisheries, environmental surveys, habitat management, environmental mitigation planning and conservation genetics. Since joining the trust in 2009, Bruce has been involved in developing catchment scale fisheries management plans, and the management of large-scale programmes to improve the aquatic environment. He also acts as an environmental consultant in the controversial area of salmon hatcheries and fisheries improvement works.

Scientific expertise: Bruce is author on peer-reviewed scientific publications covering the impact of global warming on aquatic species, co-evolution in the deep sea, fisheries management and fisheries genetics. His focus is the implementation of scientific research to benefit the aquatic environment, and practical pragmatic management solutions to difficult environmental problems. In particular, he has tackled difficult environmental mitigation actions including remediation of upland acidification and the controversial subject of the use of salmon hatcheries as mitigation actions for environmental impacts.

Large scale project and programme management: Bruce has managed individual environmental projects up to a value of 4.2 million euros, and environmental programmes covering multiple catchments and counties exceeding 5 million pounds.

Launch of Pesticides Simulator

In July 2018, Nick Paling completed the development work of the Upstream Thinking Pesticides Simulator and presented it to South West Water and University of Exeter.

Presentation at EU Green Week

In May 2018, Nick Paling was invited to give a TED-style talk at the EU Green Week Conference in Brussels on the subject of ‘Greener Cities for a Greener Future’

Management: Bruce manages a team of professionals carrying out river restoration activities in and around watercourses.  The works the River and Fisheries team includes the following activities; weir removals, installation of technical fish passes, easements on existing barriers, gravel management, fish tagging, electrofishing, tree and in-river wood management, and working on private land, including farms.  All these activities have the requirements for the highest professional standards, including health and safety, legal liability, animal welfare and financial accountability for the use of public funds. 

Launch of Pesticides Simulator

In July 2018, Nick Paling completed the initial development work on the UsT Pesticides Simulator and presented it to members of the South West Water and University of Exeter teams working on the project.

Launch of Pesticides Simulator

In July 2018, Nick Paling completed the initial development work on the UsT Pesticides Simulator and presented it to members of the South West Water and University of Exeter teams working on the project.

Career Experience

2011-Present

Head of Fisheries & River Management  

Westcountry Rivers Trust

2010-2013

AARC Project Manager

Westcountry Rivers Trust

2004-2010

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Natural History Museum, London

2001-2003

Post-Graduate Research Assistant

Southampton University

Education & Qualifications

1998-2001

PhD in Fisheries Genetics 

Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton University

1990-1993

BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology

University of Wales

Bruce’s Project Portfolio

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Publications

 

King, R.A., Hillman, R., Elsmere, P., Stockley, B. and Stevens, J.R., 2016. Investigating patterns of straying and mixed stock exploitation of sea trout, Salmo trutta, in rivers sharing an estuary in south‐west England. Fisheries Management and Ecology23(5), pp.376-389.

Smith, A.B., Pisani, D., Mackenzie-Dodds, J.A., Stockley, B., Webster, B.L. and Littlewood, D.T.J., 2006. Testing the molecular clock: molecular and paleontological estimates of divergence times in the Echinoidea (Echinodermata). Molecular biology and evolution23(10), pp.1832-1851.

Stockley, B., Smith, A.B., Littlewood, T., Lessios, H.A. and Mackenzie‐Dodds, J.A., 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of spatangoid sea urchins (Echinoidea): taxon sampling density and congruence between morphological and molecular estimates. Zoologica Scripta34(5), pp.447-468.

Smith, A.B. and Stockley, B., 2005. The geological history of deep-sea colonization by echinoids: roles of surface productivity and deep-water ventilation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences272(1565), pp.865-869.

Smith, A.B. and Stockley, B., 2005. Fasciole pathways in spatangoid echinoids: a new source of phylogenetically informative characters. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society144(1), pp.15-35.