Professional summary

Research Interests

Current science research includes designing and creating R-Shiny tools for Informatics-related task and scientific models (see Cumulative effect Framework) and developing a model (SeabORD) to estimate the population consequences of displacement from proposed offshore renewable energy developments for key species of seabirds breeding at Special Protection Areas.

As Environmental Informatics Liaison, my role is to work alongside scientists to identify, plan and implement work to improve data management practice and informatics provision across UKCEH. This increases UKCEH's capability to address complex environmental questions by enabling access to, and re-use of, data resources.  


Brief CV

I joined CEH in 1993 as an Ecosystem Modeller working on the development of process-based models describing plant and soil dynamics. Past research interests have included crop and agroforestry modelling, the 'Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Sector' in Greenhouse Gas Inventories and spatial mapping of carbon sinks and sources related to UK LULUCF. In 2006 I joined the Informatics Liaison team as a data specialist. I am the Informatics liaison for three Science Groups at Edinburgh and provide support to the Science Area heads for both the Biodiversity and Water Resources Science Areas.


BSc Biological Sciences (hons. Genetics), Edinburgh University 
PhD Population Genetics - Inference of Genetic Relationship, Edinburgh University 

Selected publications

Mobbs, D.C., Searle, K.R., Daunt, F. & Butler, A. 2019. A Population Viability Analysis Modelling Tool for Seabird Species - Guide for using the PVA tool (v2.0) user interface. Natural England Report.

Butler, A., Mobbs, D.C., Daunt, F. & Searle, K.R. 2019. The nepva R package User Manual - The nepva R package, Version 4.13: User Manual. Natural England Report.

Mobbs, D.C., Butler, A., Searle, K.R., Waggitt, J., Evans, P., Rehfisch, M., Buisson, R. & Daunt, F. 2019. ORJIP Seabird Sensitivity Mapping Tool Guidance Manual: Development of a Seabird Sensitivity Mapping Tool for Scotland. Report to Marine Scotland Science and Carbon Trust.

Searle, K.R., Mobbs, D.C., Butler, A., Furness, R.W., Trinder, M.N. and Daunt, F. 2018. Finding out the Fate of Displaced Birds. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 9 No 8. DOI: 10.7489/12118-1