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 Expert  729877

Expert in Ecology and Ecological Impact Assessment

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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1993-96 PhD in bird ecology.

bird studies


conservation biology


ecological environment


ecological risk assessment




environmental impact assessment


terrestrial ecology

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

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

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to


(Undisclosed University)





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).

2004 to


(Undisclosed University)




Reader in Applied Ecology


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.

1998 to 2004


Oxford University




Post-doctoral researcher (Head of Farmland Bird Group)


Responsible for daily running of Farmland Bird Group, reporting to Lord John Krebs FRS. PhD supervision, grant writing, teaching.

1996 to 1998


Joint Nature Conservation Committee



Higher Scientific Officer


Running EU bird projects. Managing large number of external contracts. Grant writing.

Career Accomplishments:

British Ecological Society. Member of IEEM (Professional body for Ecological Consutlants in UK).


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.


Awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellowship (2004-9).

Medical/Professional Internships

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.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - PNAS  
 - Journal of Applied Ecology  
 - Ecology Letters  
 - Nature.  

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

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • 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.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Prepared material and attended Public Inquiry in 1991. Prepared a range of material subsequently for Public Inquiries.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2011 to 2011   Colombia   Spent one week visiting ProAves offices and one of their reserves in central Colombia in preparation for writing a 4-year grant.
2011 to 2011   Italy   Invited on to scientific organising committee for a conference near Rome.
2010 to 2010   Brazil   Organised a scientific workshop on birds and farming.
1991 to 1992   Ecuador   Fieldwork in central Ecuador carring out bird survey work.
1991 to 1991   Mexico   Part of team that described new species of bird to science.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Basic conversation.

Additional Skills and Services:

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).

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

As part of his business he has put together small teams of fieldworkers to complete Ecological Impact Assessments.


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