Keith Hiscock has had a career in marine ecology and conservation since the early 1970s. Much of that career has been in consultancies and, as Head of the Marine Nature Conservation Review of Great Britain, in the statutory nature conservation bodies in the UK. In 1998, he started a collaboration with the MBA to develop a programme that would make more effective use of marine biodiversity information especially by adding knowledge that would identify the sensitivity of species and habitats. That collaboration led to the development of the MarLIN programme (www.marlin.ac.uk) and its successors at the MBA whilst on secondment from Natural England and then employed by the MBA.
Keith ‘retired’ in 2007 but continues to contribute to relevant MBA contract work and is a MBA Associate Fellow. Retirement provided the time to write a definitive guide to the science that underpins marine conservation: ‘Marine Biodiversity Conservation – a Practical Approach’ published by Routledge in August 2014. He continues to improve his knowledge of benthic marine ecosystems by taking part in surveys and just ‘doing’ natural history. His photographs are extensively used to support MBA projects. He has authored or co-authored over 60 papers or chapters in books and journals and over 80 limited circulation reports.