Finlay Bennet is group leader of the marine renewables and environmental advice group within Marine Scotland Science. His group provide scientific advice to Marine Scotland colleagues and Scottish Ministers regarding the environmental assessment of both plans and projects. This advice relates to both emerging new technologies in the wave and tidal sectors as well as full commercial scale offshore wind. His special interest is working to reduce the scientific uncertainties associated with the environmental impacts of these activities, particularly on habitats and species afforded statutory protection under national and EU law. Finlay has been working in this field since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in the early 1990s.