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Dr Tara Hooper

Environmental Economist

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Tara has a BSc in Ocean Science with Underwater Studies from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection from the University of Wales, Bangor.  Her career started with cetacean research projects in New Zealand, Canada and Mexico, and she spent six years on the Mauritian island of Rodrigues managing a broader marine research and education initiative, which focused on the development of marine protected areas. 

Tara’s combined interests in tools to improve policy decisions and in renewable energy led her to her PhD work valuing estuarine mudflats in the context of a tidal barrage development. She is also working on projects to examine the potential for the co-location of offshore wind farms with crab and lobster fisheries, determine public perceptions of offshore wind farms; and obtain values for a range of marine ecosystem services, including recreation, carbon sequestration and the role of nursery habitats in supporting commercial fish stocks.


GCRF Blue Communities

GCRF Blue Communities

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

GCRF Blue Communities is a 4 year research capacity-building programme for marine planning in East and South-East (E/SE) Asia, funded by UK...

S-3 EUROHAB - Sentinel products for detecting EUtROphication and Harmful Algal Bloom events

S-3 EUROHAB - Sentinel products for detecting EUtROphication and Harmful Algal Bloom events

Contact: Dr Gavin Tilstone

S-3 EUROHAB will use the latest satellite technology to improve the way water quality and harmful algal blooms (HABs) are monitored in the English...

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Selected key publications


Hooper, T.L., Ashley, M. and Austen, M.C. 2015. Perceptions of fishers and developers on the co-location of offshore wind farms and decapod fisheries in the UK. Marine Policy, 61. 16-22. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.06.031


Hooper T. and Austen M. 2014. The co-location of offshore windfarms and decapod fisheries in the UK: Constraints and opportunities. Marine Policy doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2013.06.011i


Hooper T. and Austen M. 2013. Tidal barrages in the UK: Ecological and social impacts, potential mitigation, and tools to support barrage planning. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 23: 289-298. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2013.03.001