Ian began his career as a field assistant on a variety of shark projects at the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1994. In 1997, Ian served as a commercial diver, working on both inshore and offshore oil facilities.
In 2004, Ian graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Environmental Science before taking up employment as a marine ecologist for a commercial survey company. In 2007, he managed inshore fisheries in the United Kingdom as a Sea Fisheries Officer before moving into developing policy matters for the UK’s statutory nature conservation body Natural England. In 2011, Ian worked on the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy for the Pew Charitable Trusts before joining the WWF’s Global Shark and Ray Initiative. Ian is currently based in Fiji, where he leads the WWF’s work on shark and ray management.
By Ian Campbell
When surveying people’s favourite sea creatures, sharks are nearly always at the top of the list. Many more sophisticated ocean animal lovers may also champion the wonders of the massive manta ray. Very few, however, are likely to include the manta’s smaller and more elusive cousins, devil rays, among their top marine treasures. As someone who works in the shark and ray field, this comes as no surprise to me.Read more
By Ian Campbell
Even though I have logged too many dives to keep count, almost none of them have been for recreation. In my early diving days as a commercial diver, not a single dive was with the animals that had drawn me to study marine biology in the first place: sharks.Read more