The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has established a new Science Development Group to provide advice on its new science strategy and science delivery. The group will be chaired by Professor Steve Ormerod of Cardiff University, with group members drawn from universities, research centres and representatives of government departments and agencies with links to CEH research.

Professor Mark Bailey, Director of CEH, said, “I’m delighted that Steve Ormerod has agreed to chair the Science Development Group.  This group will be invaluable to the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in providing strategic advice on our science and in helping to maintain the science excellence of our research and delivery of National Capability for the UK Terrestrial and Freshwater Sector.”

Professor Steve Ormerod said, “I’m hugely flattered to be asked by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to take on this key advisory role, and to be supported by such a wealth of experience within the group.  As a major European leader in ecological and hydrological science, I expect the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to occupy a pivotal position in the years ahead – particularly where their world-class expertise in water, pollution, biodiversity and ecosystem services is applied alone and in partnership to the complex environmental challenges we face.”

Professor Steve Ormerod is Professor of Ecology in Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and has published more than 250 scientific papers on freshwater ecosystems, including river birds such as the dipper, grey wagtail and kingfisher. He is also currently Chairman of Europe’s largest wildlife conservation charity, the RSPB.

Current membership of the CEH Science Development Group and terms of reference are given here.

The CEH Science Development Group supersedes the CEH Programme Development Group.

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CEH Science Development Group

Professor Steve Ormerod, Cardiff University