Meet . . . our IBIS Management Committee
Dr Rosemarie Kentie
Rose obtained her PhD at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, on how agricultural intensification affected breeding Black-tailed Godwits. Thereafter she received a Newton International Fellowship and spent two years at the University of Oxford where she studied the combined effects of climate change and habitat quality on timing of breeding and population dynamics of godwits, and how population density affected life history strategies within a population of Soay sheep. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam and guest researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, where her research is focussed on how Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls react to changing environments. She combines fieldwork in breeding colonies with GPS tracking and diet analyses. In her past and current studies she often works with long-term mark-recapture datasets. After Rose visited her first BOU conference in 2013, she became more and more involved in the society and joined the IBIS Management Committee in 2018 and became an Associated Editor for IBIS in 2019.
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Graham has been the BOU’s Honorary Treasurer since 2017, having been recruited as a Trustee the year before. He had two careers, firstly as a Maths teacher and Deputy Headmaster and latterly as a fundraiser and Director of Communications for the British Trust for Ornithology. While teaching he was the Treasurer of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and a Trustee of the BTO. More recently he has been a school governor, chairing the finance committee, and is a Pension Fund Trustee. Graham started doing BTO surveys nearly 50 years ago but his main ornithological focus is on waders, undertaking fieldwork in Iceland and the UK. He has written hundreds of articles for Shooting Times and writes his own WaderTales blog series, translating scientific research about shorebirds into stories that appeal to birdwatchers.
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Dr Beatriz Arroyo (she/her)
Bea obtained her PhD from the University of Oxford (UK) in 1995. Between 1996 and 2006 she carried out her research activity in the Center d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC-CNRS, France) and the Center for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH, Scotland). In 2006 she obtained a position as Tenured Scientist at the Research Institute on Game Resources (Spain), where she has been the head of the Research Group ‘Game and Wildlife Management’ since 2013. From her initial research on population ecology and conservation of harriers and steppe birds, her research expanded to include more generally the relationship between the ecology and conservation of birds and the economic use of natural resources. Specifically, it addresses issues associated with the relationship between agriculture or hunting management and wildlife conservation, and the conflicts associated with wildlife management, integrating approaches from population ecology, conservation biology and human dimensions of wildlife. She has been an Associate Editor of IBIS since 2006.
Prof Rauri Bowie
Rauri is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and a Curator in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his PhD from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2003. He is an evolutionary biologist who is fascinated by why animals are distributed unevenly around the globe. Much of his research has centered on documenting and studying patterns of species diversity and distribution across heterogeneous landscapes, particularly those inherent to mountains and arid savannas. The bulk of his research takes place in Africa but over the past decade has expanded to other continents to ask questions about the global diversification of birds. His favorite groups of birds are sunbirds. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, was awarded UC Berkeley’s most prestigious teaching award, and is a fellow of the Californian Academy of Sciences, the American Ornithologists Society, and the International Ornithologists Union. He has been an editor of Ibis since 2006.
Dr Richard Broughton
Richard has a Masters degree in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD from Bournemouth University in Marsh Tit ecology and habitat modelling. He is an ecologist and GIS specialist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology since 1999, working on a variety of farmland, woodland and ecotoxicology projects. With a particular interest in forest birds, mammals and habitats, he runs a long-term population study of Marsh Tits in eastern England (Monks Wood), and collaborates on a Willow Tit project in northwest England, investigating the species’ rapid declines. He’s also involved with Wood Warbler research in Poland’s Białowieża primeval forest. His other interests include the use of remote sensing data (such as lidar) in ecological research, interactions between species (such as birds and invasive Grey Squirrels) and pesticide contamination of raptors. Richard is a regular attendee at BOU conferences and joined the IBIS Management Committee in 2020.
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Dr Simon Butler
Simon is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2004, where his thesis explored predation-starvation risk trade-offs in farmland bird species. He then worked as a Research Biologist for the RSPB and Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, University of Reading before moving to UEA in 2011. His research uses a range of observational, experimental and modelling approaches to examine the impacts of land-use change on bird populations, support the development of objective multi-species indices, and determine the appropriate scales and requirements for targeting conservation actions. More recently, his research has focused on ecoacoustics, exploring the impacts of changes in bird community composition on natural soundscape characteristics and the potential implications for human health and well-being. He has been an Associate Editor of Ibis since 2008.
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Professor Richard Fuller (he/him)
Richard is a Professor at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He did his PhD on Ruddy Turnstones at the University of Durham, and postdoctoral projects on urban ecology and conservation biology, before forming a research group focused on biodiversity and conservation at the University of Queensland in 2010. Birds form the central study system for much of this work, with a special focus on migratory shorebirds of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Other research topics include seabird monitoring and conservation, the role of citizen science in biodiversity monitoring, and dimensions of urban ecology. Richard’s work is often interdisciplinary, studying the interactions between people and nature, and how these can be enhanced to deliver solutions to the biodiversity crisis.
Prof Jennifer Gill (she/her)
Editor in Chief
Jennifer was appointed as Editor-in-Chief in 2022. She is Professor of Applied Ecology at the University of East Anglia and her work spans avian population responses to environmental change, conservation management for breeding birds and migration ecology. Much of her research involves collaborations with citizen science and tracking individuals on migratory journeys to understand how migratory routes form and change. She has previously served as BOU President and Chair of Ibis Committee, and she currently serves as Chair of Board of the British Trust for Ornithology.
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Prof Rebecca Kimball (she/her/hers)
Rebecca received a PhD from the University of New Mexico, where her dissertation focused on sexual selection in House Sparrows. After completing postdoctoral work at both the University of New Mexico and The Ohio State University, she became a faculty member at the University of Florida in 2001, where she is now a Professor in the Dept. of Biology. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology. Within these broad areas, she utilizes modern molecular genomic techniques, in combination with other types of data to address questions in: avian phylogenetics, where she has focused on reconstructing the evolutionary history among all birds as well more focused studies in specific orders; the evolution of male secondary sexual traits and display behaviors; the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie evolutionary change in specific traits; mating and social systems within and among species; population and conservation genetics, and more recently evolutionary genomics. She has been an editor of IBIS since 2013.
Angela Langford (she/her)
Angela graduated from Hull University with a BSc in Environmental Botany and Geography, went on to do a PGCE and taught Science for a number of years. After starting a family she decided on a change of direction and set up a carnivorous plant nursery and tropical butterfly house in southern Scotland. Still looking for a new challenge she later established a second hand bookshop in Wigtown (Scotland’s National booktown), specialising in natural history. This love of books lead to establishing a publishing business, Langford Press, which concentrated on wildlife art. Living in beautiful Pembrokeshire, Angela spends her spare time walking the coastal path with her dog and enjoying the wonderful wildlife of the area. Angela joined the BOU as a staff member in 2008.
Dr Ruedi Nager
Ruedi Nager obtained a PhD on the breeding strategies of Great Tits from the University of Basel (Switzerland). He then spent post-docs with Rudi Drent in Groningen and then Jaques Blondel (Montpellier) studying physiological aspects of breeding in hole-breeders and demographic aspects of the Greater Flamingo (with Tour du Valat, Camargue). In 1996, Ruedi joined the University of Glasgow, first as a post-doctoral research assistant working on the cost of egg production in the Lesser Black-backed Gull, and then appointed a lecturer in 1999. Ruedi’s current main research interests are in seabird ecology and thermal ecology. The seabird work mainly focuses on the trophic and movement ecology of gulls, centred on a colony in the Firth of Clyde that he now studies since 2012. The thermal imaging work focuses on capturing relevant physiological measures that characterise a bird’s interactions with its abiotic and biotic environment non-invasively using infra-red thermal imaging. And there are many other things that catches Ruedi’s curiosity. Ruedi joined the IBIS editorial team in 2009.
Dr Leila Walker (she/her)
Chief Operations Officer
Leila has responsibility for the day to day management and running of the BOU including conferences and events, the business side of the BOU’s journal, IBIS, social media and communications, website development and content management and servicing BOU Council and its Standing Committees.
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Prof Jeremy Wilson
Jeremy is Head of Conservation Science for RSPB in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where he is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of RSPB’s science programme in these countries, and in upland and marine environments throughout the UK. He has held an Honorary Chair at the University of Stirling since 2009 and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017. He is currently a member of Scottish Natural Heritage’s Scientific Advisory Committee, UK SPA & Ramsar Scientific Working Group, and Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Science Group, and is a Vice-President of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club. His personal research interests focus on problem-solving science to inform nature conservation, especially understanding the impacts of land management change, on biodiversity in terrestrial environments. He has supervised over 15 PhD students and has published around 160 peer-reviewed papers, research reports, and book chapters, and was lead author of Bird Conservation and Agriculture, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Jeremy joined the IBIS editorial team in 2006.
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