PhD in Marine Biology (University of the Basque Country, 1984), Doctor in Sciences Honoris Causa (University of Hull, 2015) and SETAC Award on Environmental Education (2017); works in AZTI-Tecnalia, a private non-profit research foundation, as main researcher (since 1985). He was formerly Head of the Department of Oceanography and Head of the Marine Environment Area, at AZTI. He has published >230 papers, chapters and books. After Science Watch is one of the most cited authors in environment-ecology, having an Hindex of 49 (SCOPUS). He has participated in >100 national and European projects. He works in implementing methods for the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: assessment method, indicators, monitoring, integrative assessment, marine spatial planning, goods and services valuation, etc. He is editor and member of the editorial boards of 5 international journals (Frontiers in Marine Science, Journal of Sea Research, Continental Shelf Research, Marine Pollution Bulletin and Ecological Indicators). He is member of the scientific committee of the European Environment Agency since 2013. He coordinated (2012-2016) the 7th EU FP project DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status), a 12 M euros project with 23 partners.