Prof Jeremy Wilson

Head of Research in Scotland, Conservation Science

Background

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.

External Activities

  • 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

Contact

Jerry Wilson

Prof Jeremy Wilson

Head of Research in Scotland, Conservation Science

Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH

jeremy.wilson@rspb.org.uk

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Specialisms

Agriculture Climate change Identifying problems Protected areas UK species Upland

Selected Publications

Using conservation science to solve conservation problems

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a UK charity taking action for the conservation of wild birds and the environment. It aims to reverse biodiversity loss and ensure sustainable management of the planet’s natural resources...

Date
13 May 2011
RSPB Authors
Dr David Gibbons, Prof Rhys Green, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Gibbons, D.W., Wilson, J.D. & Green, R.E.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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International Identifying problems

Modelling edge effects of mature forest plantations on peatland waders informs landscape-scale conservation

Edge effects of native forest fragmentation have been well studied, but there are few studies of open-ground habitats fragmented by plantation forests. We measure forestry edge effects on open-ground ...

Date
15 October 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Wilson, J.D., Anderson, R., Bailey, S., Chetcuti, J., Cowie, N.R., Hancock, M.H., Quine C.P., Russell, N., Stephen, L. & Thompson, D.B.A.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Scotland UK species Upland

Environmental impacts of high-output driven shooting of Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica)

Recreational hunting of game birds and mammals is globally widespread (Loveridge et al. 2009). Habitat and predator management is sometimes undertaken to increase game abundance and hunting bags (e.g. Hudson 1992, Arroyo et al. 2012). This can have environmental...

Date
03 October 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr David Douglas, Dr Staffan Roos, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Thompson, P.S., Douglas, D.J.T., Hoccom, D.G., Knott, J., Roos, S. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Ibis 158: 446-452
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UK UK species Woodland

Adaptive management and targeting of agri-environment schemes does benefit biodiversity: a case study of the corn bunting

Agri-environment schemes (AES) are the main European policy response to biodiversity loss caused by agricultural intensification. Maximizing their effectiveness is a key policy challenge. Monitor...

Date
08 February 2011
RSPB Authors
Dr Allan Perkins, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Perkins, A.J., Maggs, H.E., Watson, A. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Corn bunting Scotland Agriculture UK species