Dr. Kevin Butterworth is the Principal Consultant at Torran Consulting which provides scientific expertise to First Nations, the finfish and shellfish aquaculture industries, Provincial and Federal government agencies.
Prior to establishing Torran Consulting, Dr Butterworth was the Director of Marine Research at the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences. Additionally, he spent 4 years at the Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research at the University of British Columbia where he was employed as a Research Associate. Dr Butterworth has conducted systematic investigations on the distribution, efficacy and control of sea lice on wild and farmed salmonid stocks in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, and Norway. These sea-lice projects are funded by grants from AquaNet, Canada, the BC Science and Innovation Council, BC Pacific Salmon Forum and the NFR, Norway. He was a Fellow of AquaNet, the Canadian Network of Centre's of Excellence in Aquaculture.
Dr. Butterworth was awarded a Joint Honors B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Marine Biology by the University of Wales, Bangor. Subsequently, he read for his Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, where he examined the adaptations of benthic invertebrates to life in sulphidic sediments as a result of anthropogenic impact. These studies were conducted in the Kattegat and Skagerrak that link the Baltic Sea with the North Sea, as well as in the Firth of Clyde, and the Irish Sea.