Elected: 2012
Discipline: Engineering
Professor Michael John Cowling FRSE

Former Chief Scientist, The Crown Estate.

During his time as Chief Scientist for The Crown Estate, Professor Michael Cowling provided scientific advice across the breadth of the Marine Estate’s nine business strands. These included renewable energy and carbon abatement in various forms, seabed and subsea minerals, aquaculture and coastal processes – each business strand has environmental challenges. He also has an interest in the risks from climate change and the necessary adaptation strategies that will be required. As Chief Scientist, Michael also introduced methods for assessing the sustainability of activities on the estate and the concept of total economic value, which led into well-being and natural capital.