Characterisation factors for seabed damage: biodiversity impacts within European seas

John Woods

Industrial Ecology Programme, NTNU

Since 2015, I have been a PhD Candidate within the Industrial Ecology Programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). With a background in biological sciences and the assessment of ecological impacts from anthropogenic stressors, my research is focused on the development of life cycle impact assessment methodologies for impacts on marine ecosystems.  Prior to commencing my PhD research, I attained a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology (with Industrial Placement) from the University of Durham, England (2006-2010), and a Master's degree in Environmental Consultancy from the University of Newcastle, England (2010-2011). During the period 2011-2014, I worked as an Ecology Consultant for BSG Ecology, conducting assessments of potential ecological impacts arising from proposed developments and providing advice to developers with regard to minimising ecological impacts and/or complying with relevant environmental legislation and policies.


The marine environment is of great importance for human society through, for example, provision of seafood resources and, increasingly, mineral aggregates. Extraction of such marine resources exerts a pressure on marine... [ view full abstract ]


  1. John Woods (Industrial Ecology Programme, NTNU)
  2. Francesca Verones (NTNU)
  3. Edgar G Hertwich (Yale University,)

Topic Area

• Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a


TS-13 » Advances in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment 1 (13:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room D)

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