Professional summary

Research Interests

The aim of my research is to link ecology, life history variation and demography to understand the drivers of change in seabird populations. I use a range of techniques including field observations, manipulative experiments and advanced statistical analyses. I am Group Leader of the Coastal Seas Ecology Group at CEH and lead the long term study of seabird populations on the Isle of May, one of the longest running and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. I have published 80 ISI papers and 40 contract reports.

Brief CV

  • 2013-present Principal Scientific Officer and Group Leader, Coastal Seas Ecology Group, UKCEH
  • 2008-2013 Senior Scientific Officer, CEH
  • 2001-2008 Higher Scientific Officer, CEH
  • 1994-1996 Higher Scientific Officer, British Antarctic Survey
  • 1993-1994 GIS Scientist, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds


  • 1997-2000 PhD in Behavioural Ecology, University of Glasgow
  • 1992-1993 MSc in Resource Management, University of Edinburgh
  • 1987-1991 BSc Biological Sciences, University of Nottingham

Panels, committees and memberships

  • NERC Special Committee on Seals, 2015-present
  • Marsh Award for Ornithology, 2014
  • Member: Joint ICES/OSPAR Working group on Seabirds (JWGBIRD), 2014-present
  • Honorary Supervisor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, 2014-present
  • Member, Meetings Committee, British Ornithologists’ Union, 2013-present
  • Honorary Fellow, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, 2012-present
  • Associate Editor, Ibis, 2010-present
  • Adviser on seabirds, Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership Secretariat (MCCIP), 2010-present
  • Member, UK Seabird Monitoring Programme steering committee, 2009-present
  • Member, ICES Working Group on Seabird Ecology, 2009-2013
  • Member, Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (MASTS) Top Predators Theme steering committee, 2009-12

Selected publications