Dr Darren Fa is the Director of Academic Programmes and Research at the University of Gibraltar. After obtaining his PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Southampton In 1998, he moved to the Gibraltar National Museum in 1999 as Education and Research Officer, where he also read for a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester (2004).
He was principal investigator on a number of EU and EFCHED funded projects, and received several international awards as part of the Museum team. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in various international journals and book chapters both on ecological and archaeological subjects. As a qualified Scientific Diver he regularly carries out marine-related commissioned studies such as archaeological surveys and Environmental Impact Assessments. He is a director of the Gibraltar Museum’s Gibraltar Caves Project as well as member of the UNESCO WHS working group for the Gorham’s Cave Complex.
He has also acted as a consultant for the Gibraltar Government and for UNESCO on both heritage and natural-history matters, and has written several popular books and has been regularly consulted for international media articles and television documentaries, on subjects ranging from Neanderthals through marine life to the fortifications of the Rock. Darren is a member of HMGoG’s Nature Conservancy Council, as well as a Registered European Commission Expert on Environment and Higher Education and Elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is married with three daughters and somehow finds time to dive and play music when he can.