Prior to joining HMC as Head of Applied Research Tarquin held several high profile roles within UK government, working on the integration of marine science into marine policy. Tarquin led the ocean science contribution into the UK Presidency of the G7, creating the ideas and writing the G7 Presidency Ocean Navigation Plan, highlighting novel areas such as the ‘Digital Twin Ocean’. He also led and authored the cross-government UK Marine Science Coordination Committee’s statement on “The Ocean in a Changing Climate”.
As Head of Ocean Climate Science and International Engagement at Defra, he was responsible for ensuring high quality science and evidence was generated and translated to inform climate policy in the UK Government. He managed the marine science team in Defra, coordinating and developing their progress against a rapidly expanding portfolio of evidence areas including ocean climate policy. He has experience of the IPCC process as a member of the UK delegation for the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate in 2019, working with many international viewpoints to negotiate and agree on a final text.
Tarquin supervised the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership and managed the UKRI/NERC Ocean Acidification programme, helping to build a processional network of the key players in the science of ocean acidification. These networks enabled the application of science for objectives that link to many of the UK environmental policy aims. He also led the coordination and writing of the UK government response to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on Microplastics in the Environment.
Tarquin has many years of experience in marine pollution and ecotoxicology including as a Senior Research Scientist specialising in ecotoxicology and development of molecular biomarkers for the detection of marine pollution in Brazil. He also led research as part of the Marine Microbes and Toxins Program and the US Oceans and Human Health Initiative at NOAA in the USA.