The consortium includes members who have been carrying out research, consultancy and advice since the 1970s. They are members of many regional, national and international bodies and so collectively have a reach far beyond the local area.

Although based in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, the consortium has worked in many estuarine and coastal areas elsewhere in the UK, in continental Europe and worldwide. It has carried out commissions for industry, non-governmental organisations, statutory bodies and government organisations as well as the European Union.

The International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists Ltd is registered as Limited Company at Companies House London (Company number: 12055807). Dr Mike Elliott is the Director of the Company and the coordinator of the consortium. While he can be the point of contact for IECS Ltd, this website also gives the contact details of consortium members for direct contact.

Mike still has links to the University as a part-time Research Professor and so projects can be carried out jointly with the University and involving its laboratory facilities as necessary. For projects and commissions that require to be carried through the University of Hull as a Charitable Body then contact Mike through the University. See here for more information.

The Legacy

Several of the Associates of the consortium previously worked for the former Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies at the University of Hull, UK.

As one of the longest-established institutes of its kind worldwide, the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies was a truly multi-disciplinary pure and applied research and consultancy institute for estuarine, coastal and marine science and management.

Mike Elliott – Director

Mike is a marine biologist with a wide experience and interests and his teaching, research, advisory and consultancy includes estuarine and marine ecology, policy, governance and management.

Associates & Associated Facilities

The Director and Associates of IECS Ltd have a long history of national and international studies and collaborations. They have published widely with experts and other bodies inside and outside the UK and have carried out projects, commissions, advice and consultancy with those experts and bodies.

Wolds Environmental Consulting Ltd

An environmental consultancy with extensive experience covering the assessment and management of both freshwater and marine environments

Cutts & Hemingway EEM

An environmental consultancy specialising in aspects of estuarine ornithology and N2K consenting.

Daryl Burdon Ltd

Provides a range of bespoke services within the fields of marine research, teaching and consultancy.

Anita Franco

An Estuarine & Marine Ecologist with specialist expertise on estuarine and marine fish communities.

Katie Smyth

A specialist in aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic physiology, and marine ecology, management and risk assessment.

Hull Marine Lab

A highly specialised laboratory with internationally-experienced marine benthic taxonomists.

IECS.Ltd welcomes discussions regarding new associates and collaborations.

National and International Associates and Collaborators

The national and international experts have been central to our national and international competence and publications. The experts are willing to continue to be included in projects and publications with the Director and Associates.

  • Professor Dan Baird, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Professor Erik Bonsdorff, Turku, Finland
  • Dr Angel Borja, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Dr Roland Cormier, Moncton, NB, Canada
  • Professor Omar Defeo, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Professor Victor de Jonge, Augustinusga, The Netherlands
  • Professor Jean-Paul Ducrotoy, Amiens, France
  • Professor Marcus Polette, Itajai, Brazil
  • Professor Patrick Meire, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Dr Victor Quintino, Aveiro, Portugal
  • Professor Si Simenstad, Seattle, USA
  • Professor Alan Whitfield, Grahamstown/Makhanda, South Africa
  • Andrew Wither, Liverpool, UK
  • Professor Eric Wolanski, Townsville, Australia