Chris Frid is professor of marine biology at the University of Liverpool and Head of the School of Environmental Science. He was responsible for development of the University of Liverpool's undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and has been jointly responsible for the development of the MSc in Marine Planning and Management. He teaches on marine ecology and ecosystem management. He has published over 85 refereed research papers, many of which deal with pollution (heavy metals, solid wastes, sewage, endocrine disrupters) or human impacts (ecosystem effects of fishing, recreational visitor pressure). He is a UK representative on the ICES Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing, a member of the Defra Marine Fisheries Scientific Advisory Committee and an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology.
Mike Dobson is Director of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA). His research centres on the ecology and management of rivers and wetlands, in both temperate and tropical environments, with particular emphasis on land use impacts such as forestry. He is the author of over 50 refereed research papers and has contributed invited chapters to six books. He is a member of the Rivers Biodiversity Integration Group for England, and represents both the FBA and the Society of Biology on the NERC Skills Review. Prior to his current post, he had fifteen years' experience in teaching ecology and aquatic management at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.