Following PhD and postdoctoral research on bird behaviour and ecology at the University of Edinburgh and 10 years leading research at the British Trust for Ornithology, University of Oxford and the RSPB to understand impacts of agricultural change on bird populations, I became RSPB's Head of Conservation Science in Scotland in 2001.
Here I lead a team of scientists conducting problem-solving conservation science to support RSPB's conservation work in Scotland and in upland and marine ecosystems throughout the UK.
I am responsible for strategic development of our science programme to inform conservation management, advice, policy development and advocacy, and for developing collaborations across the Higher Education, statutory and commercial sectors.
I also hold an Honorary Chair in Biological & Environment Sciences at the University of Stirling and have supervised 15 PhD studentships.
- 2016 to present: Vice-President, Scottish Ornithologists' Club
- 2014 to present: Member of Scientific Advisory Committee of Scottish Natural Heritage
- 2007 to present: Senior Editor for Ibis
- 2001 to present: Member of UK SPA & Ramsar Scientific Working Group
Partners and Collaboration
- Prof Kirst Park, University of Stirling
- Prof Charles Tyler, University of Exeter
- Prof Dave Goulson, University of Sussex
- Profs Steve Redpath & Rene van der Wal, University of Aberdeen