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Expert in Ecology and Ecological Impact Assessment

Expert ID: 729877 United Kingdom

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1993-96 PhD in bird ecology.

Reviewed the work of other ecological consultants on the issues surrounding potential bird disturbance from a proposed wind farm. Investigated in detail the potential consequences and carried out modelling using data collected by original company.Carried out literature review of the effects of human recreation on birds for a County Council based in eastern England.Invited to provide expert advice (commissioned to write a report) based on proposed land management on sensitive upland moorland habitats.Written ornithological reports and prepared Environmental Statement sections (Ecology) for a range of Ecological Impact Assessments mainly based around renewable energy sector (e.g. effects of wind turbines on birds, bats etc.).Collected baseline field data from a large number of sites, most fieldwork based on birds.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1996 Degree: PhD Subject: Ecology Institution: Sunderland University
Year: 1991 Degree: BSc (Hons) Subject: Ecology Institution: University of East Anglia

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department:
Set up company with his wife in 2008 but he has been carrying out ecological consultancy contracts since 1991 for a range of clients (both private industry and NGOs).
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Reader in Applied Ecology Department: Biology
Head of Biodiversity and Research Group (one of three research groups in department).
Degree Programme Director for Masters in Environmental Consultancy.
Teaching undergraduates, Masters and PhDs.
Currently (2011) have 5 PhD students and 1 post-doc.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1998 to 2004 Employer: Oxford University Title: Post-doctoral researcher (Head of Farmland Bird Group) Department: Zoology
Responsible for daily running of Farmland Bird Group, reporting to Lord John Krebs FRS.
PhD supervision, grant writing, teaching.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: Joint Nature Conservation Committee Title: Higher Scientific Officer Department:
Running EU bird projects. Managing large number of external contracts. Grant writing.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2007 to 2010 Agency: NERC Role: Peer-review panel Description: Assessed grants submitted to NERC.
Years: 2004 to Present Agency: DEFRA Role: Reviewer & workshops Description: Review grants and attended a range of focus workshops on future direction.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2011 to 2011 Country / Region: Colombia Summary: Spent one week visiting ProAves offices and one of their reserves in central Colombia in preparation for writing a 4-year grant.
Years: 2011 to 2011 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Invited on to scientific organising committee for a conference near Rome.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Organised a scientific workshop on birds and farming.
Years: 1991 to 1992 Country / Region: Ecuador Summary: Fieldwork in central Ecuador carring out bird survey work.
Years: 1991 to 1991 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Part of team that described new species of bird to science.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
British Ecological Society.
Member of IEEM (Professional body for Ecological Consutlants in UK).
Licenses / Certifications
BTO bird ringing scientific 'C' permit.
Natural England licnence for keeping birds in captivity (non-invasive work).
MDip in Academic practice.
Professional Appointments
Senior Editor for 'Journal of Applied Ecology'.
NERC peer-review panel (2007-10).
Trustee for 'World Pheasant Association'.
Member of Swedish Research Council (2011).
Invited papers for a range of journals.
Invited keynote speeches at three international ecological conferences.
Awards / Recognition
Awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellowship (2004-9).
Medical / Professional
BES Ministerial Shadowing scheme (2008).
Publications and Patents Summary
62 papers in Web of Science journals (69 in total). Includes papers in Nature, PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Ecology Letters.
3 book chapters/sections.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Prepared material and attended Public Inquiry in 1991. Prepared a range of material subsequently for Public Inquiries.
Training / Seminars
Statistics Module to research Institute in Jos, Nigeria (2003 and 2006).
Taught Biological Communication Skills (since 2005), Bioethics (since 2010), Field identification skill field course for birds (since 2008), Conservation Biology issues (since 2007).
Vendor Selection
As part of his business he has put together small teams of fieldworkers to complete Ecological Impact Assessments.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Basic conversation.

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