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Chris Pendlebury - Conference Committee

Chris Pendlebury

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Chris is the Director of Planning & Environment at Natural Power, based in the Stirling office, and responsible for the global department of 80 people in the UK, Ireland, France and USA. Chris has gained fifteen years of experience in the renewables energy / environment sector whilst working at Natural Power (since 2010), RPS, and the British Trust for Ornithology (Scotland). Chris’ specialisms include ecological consenting and strategic advice, ecological survey design, collision risk modelling, and analysis for post-construction monitoring. Prior to working in this sector Chris completed his PhD at the University of Stirling on the energetics of egg-laying in birds. Outside of work Chris is the local bird recorder for the Upper Forth region of Scotland, which includes the areas around Stirling.

Linda Johnston CWW Committee

Linda Johnston

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Linda is Department Coordinator for Planning & Environment at Natural Power, based at the Stirling office.  She is responsible for client invoicing and providing administrative support for the department of 80 people. She has an HNC in Office Administration and over 20 years of office administration experience, including 7 years working at Natural Power.  In her spare time Linda is a volunteer for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, based at Jupiter Centre in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.

Orea Anderson - Local Organiser

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Orea is a marine renewables ornithologist with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. She has over thirteen years’ experience in seabird conservation, research and policy; five of these years working on the impacts of offshore renewable developments on seabirds. Her areas of focus include strategic advice on the impacts of offshore wind on seabird populations, collision risk modelling, population level impact assessment and monitoring, and ecological survey design. Prior to working in this sector Orea worked for the RSPB as a Seabird Policy Officer focused on albatross bycatch policy. She also completed her PhD in foraging ecology and ecotoxicology of albatrosses and petrels at Queen’s University Belfast. In her spare time she is often to be found rambling around her local Loch Leven nature reserve in Kinross-shire.

 

Glen Tyler - Bird Expert

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Glen was for 17 years in the research department of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. His research topics there included ecological studies of Stone Curlew, Bittern, woodland Grouse, Corncrake and lowland wetland waders. Since leaving the RSPB he has worked for Scottish Natural Heritage first as area staff in the Northern Isles (Shetland and Orkney) and now for 5 years as an advisor on Marine Ornithology dealing with impacts of renewable energy developments on Scottish marine birds, as well as other topics.

He is based in Shetland and among other jobs was once engineer on the Fair Isle renewable energy scheme which supplied the islands 60 inhabitants with their electricity from a mix of renewable and carbon-based fuel generation.

Lucy Wright

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Lucy is a Principal Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). She leads a team researching how renewable energy developments, especially offshore wind farms, might affect bird populations. Her team also provides scientific advice on the impacts of man-made developments, including renewable energy, on birds and their habitats, to support the RSPB’s engagement with decision-makers. Lucy previously worked for the British Trust for Ornithology for almost a decade, where her research focussed on various issues affecting wetland and marine bird populations, including offshore wind farms and tidal power. She ran the Strategic Ornithological Support Services for the UK offshore wind industry (SOSS) group between 2010 and 2012, and was involved in several projects developing guidance on impact assessment methods for offshore wind farms. Lucy is an Associate Editor of the journal Bird Study, and is also a member of the Bird Ringing Committee that oversees the scientific strategy for bird ringing, and the activities of around 3,000 licensed bird ringers and trainees, across Britain and Ireland. She is one of a very small number of people in the UK licensed to use cannon nets to catch birds for scientific study. In her spare time, Lucy is most likely to be found either catching, ringing or re-sighting colour-marked waders on the Wash estuary in England, or spending time outdoors with her young family.

Beth Scott - Marine Ecology

Beth Scott

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Beth Scott is a Professor in Marine Ecology.  She conducts multi-disciplinary research using her expertise in marine ecology, oceanography and fisheries sciences. Her research identifies general rules in bio-physical oceanographic processes that lead to the creation of hotspots of biodiversity and predator-prey activity. Specifically, her research group defines biological and physical variables that provide the limited, patchy locations and conditions where energy is transferred across trophic levels in marine food webs. Her research team using approaches ranging from the collection and use of fine scale (second by second) information throughout the water column as well as the analysis of large scale (100s or km) long term data sets on spatial and population dynamics.  Both scales of information are also used within simulation modelling methods which are agent based. Recently her research portfolio has been focused on the understanding of the effects of marine renewable energy systems on multi-trophic interactions and the methods for co-developing a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) decision-support system with a range of stakeholders (industry, government, NGOs, etc) to better incorporate ecosystem service knowledge and values into effective policies.

David Tidhar - Environmental Consultant

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David Tidhar is a Senior Environmental Consultant for Natural Power Consultants. David has over 21 years of experience as an ecologist and has been consulting on renewable energy projects since 2006.  David has a strong interest and track record in successfully reducing environmental risks and costs for industry, while increasing the scientific power of wind/wildlife studies. He has provided technical inputs and project management on more than 120 wind and solar projects in the Americas, Europe, North Africa and Asia.  Some of the highlights of his consultancy career have included working on the first proposed or operational wind projects in several countries and US States, being involved in risk mitigation and minimization studies, including turbine curtailment for bats, and working to reduce the effects of projects to species of conservation concern, including eagles, other raptors, grassland birds, bats and terrestrial wildlife.  David received his Master of Science degree in Ecology from the University of Aberdeen in 2000 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Montana in 1997.

Dr Marton Perrow - Ecological Expert

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Martin has been Director of ECON Ecological Consultancy Ltd for 30 years. ECON provides expert ecological services and solutions, whilst promoting biodiversity through the conservation and restoration of habitats and species as an integral part of the quest for sustainable development. Martin has studied the interactions between wind farms and wildlife for the last 17 years since the inception of offshore wind in the UK, during assessment and monitoring of 13 wind farms/zones. This includes innovative research on seabirds including the first study, more than a decade ago, to use telemetry to elucidate the use of a wind farm by one species; and visual tracking to detail avoidance behaviour of another. Martin has recently been occupied with editing his concept four-volume onshore and offshore series on Wildlife and Wind Farms, the final volume of which is now in press. This adds to a publication list of around 100 scientific papers, reports, articles, chapters and books. He has travelled widely, including as a tour leader seeking all manner of wildlife, and remains committed to conservation and a green future.

Ed Arnett - Natural Resource Expert

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Dr. Ed Arnett is the Chief Scientist at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, where he provides technical and scientific oversight on natural resources and public lands policy issues and communications.  Ed also is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University and an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Prior to joining the TRCP, Ed was a conservation scientist at Bat Conservation International where he led research efforts on bats and wind energy development for 8 years.  He also served for 3 years on the U. S. Department of Interior’s Federal Advisory Committee that revised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s voluntary guidelines for wind energy and wildlife, and was a science advisor for American Wind and Wildlife Institute and the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative. Ed is a certified wildlife biologist through The Wildlife Society, an Associate Editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin, and a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club.

Elizabeth Masden - Environmental Researcher

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Elizabeth Masden is a research fellow based in Scotland at the Environmental Research Institute – University of the Highlands and Islands. Her current research focuses on the potential impacts of human activities such as renewable energy (wind, wave, and tidal), oil and gas developments and marine litter on the environment, and particularly seabirds. She also has an interest in cumulative impacts related to renewable energy.

Johann Koppel - Environmental Assessment

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Johann Köppel is a full professor at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Germany) and head of the Environmental Assessment and Planning Research Group. He is specializing on how wildlife can be as evidence-based as possible incorporated in decision-making processes of wind energy projects and plans.  Thus, Johann covers the science – policy interface and co-authored comprehensive reviews on wind and wildlife interactions, both terrestrial and offshore. He also focuses on emerging issues and even ‘wicked problems’ in this field, inter alia drawing on a comprehensive ‘horizon scan’ on pertaining wind energy and wildlife challenges. He served in all CWWs scientific committees since 2011, hosted the CWW2015 conference in Berlin and edited the book ‘Wind Energy and Wildlife Interactions – Presentations from the CWW2015 Conference’. For the time being he is serving as a member of the scientific advisory board for the amendment of the German marine spatial plans in the North and Baltic Sea, covering substantially the offshore windfarm sector as well.

Manuela Huso - Ecosystem Research Statistician

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Manuela Huso is a Research Statistician with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, OR and Department of Statistics at Oregon State University (OSU). Before joining the USGS in 2011, she spent more than 20 years as a consulting statistician at OSU. Since 2004, she has been involved in design and analysis of post-construction fatality monitoring studies as well as deterrent and curtailment studies at several wind-power generation facilities. Her current ecological research looks at investigating the hypothesis that some bat species might be attracted to wind turbines and testing the potential for reducing bat and eagle fatality through deterrent or other adaptive management techniques. On the statistical side, she and colleagues recently published GenEst software for calculating wildlife mortality at power-lines, oil spills, solar facilities, etc., as well as at wind facilities. With Dan Dalthorp she earlier published Evidence of Absence software for addressing the problematic case of inferring potential mortality of rare or endangered species when none are found during monitoring. Her current work is focusing on developing robust models for estimating the fraction of carcasses expected to land within the searched area of a facility.

Roel May - Nature Research Scientist

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Roel May is Senior Research Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). His research interest is set in the interface between science and conservation and is centered on impacts of renewable energy on wildlife and spatial ecology. His current project portfolio includes R&D on mitigation measures to reduce avian collisions with wind turbines (INTACT), green infrastructure in rural-urban areas (IMAGINE) and participation in EU-funded research in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem (AfricanBioServices). He is an active member of the International Energy Agency Wind Task 34 – Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN). May has coauthored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and over 60 reports. He received his PhD degree on “Spatial Ecology in Wolverines in Scandinavia” at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2007. He received his Master of Science degree in Forestry/Ecology in 1996 (Wageningen University, the Netherlands). He has worked in the Netherlands, Scotland, Tanzania and Norway.

Steven Degraer - Benthic Ecology of Marine Ecosystems

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Steven Degraer started his scientific career studying the benthic ecology of temperate marine ecosystems at Ghent University (Belgium). After his PhD research (1999), he broadened his research focus from temperate to tropical ecosystems, from sandy to rocky coasts, and from benthos to marine mammals. Nature conservation and sustainable use of marine resources have always been at focus. He is now coordinating the Marine Ecology and Management (MARECO) team of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences with an expertise on marine mammals and seabirds, rocky shore fauna and non-indigenous species, and underwater sound, embedded in an ecosystem management context. He coordinates/d and participates/d in several research projects on the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms (e.g. WinMon.BE, BRAIN/FaCE-It, BRAIN/PERSUADE, INSITE/UNDINE) and is often consulted for that expertise in Belgium and abroad. He organised the WinMon.BE Conference (Brussels, 2013) on the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms and the North Sea Open Science conference (Oostende, 2016). He guest edited special issues about the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms (Hydrobiologia, 2014-2015), the contemporary managerial challenges for the North Sea ecosystem (Hydrobiologia, 2017-2019) and the ecology behind the maritime infrastructure decommissioning debate (ICES Journal of Marine Science, 2018-2019). He further is invited professor at Ghent University.

Andrew Gill - Ecology & Environment Expert

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Andrew Gill is the founder/owner of PANGALIA Environmental, United Kingdom (UK), through which Dr Gill provides expert technical services and advice relating to ecological and environmental assessment with a focus on offshore and marine renewable energy. Andrew was awarded his PhD from the University of Leicester, UK in Fish Ecology. Recently he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). Andrew has been working on the topic of offshore renewable energy and the marine environment since 2000 primarily as an academic at Liverpool and Cranfield Universities. In his last post, Andrew was Senior Lecturer in the Offshore Renewable Energy and Engineering Centre and previously he was a Lecturer and Course Director for the MSc program in Environmental Water Management. His areas of expertise lie in aquatic ecology, marine renewable energy and associated environmental assessments and impacts. He is the outgoing co-Chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Ocean (ICES) Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments. Dr. Gill is a member of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), the Royal Society of Biology and the British Ecological Society. Previously, he served on Council of the FSBI and as the Marine and Aquatic Editor for Biological Conservation and subsequently served on the journal’s Editorial Board.

Catriona Gall

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Catriona Gall has spent the last fifteen years working as a renewable energy casework adviser for Scottish Natural Heritage, first on onshore wind and hydropower and latterly on offshore wind. She enjoys working through the wildlife challenges presented by such development and coming up, alongside developers, with workable solutions in respect of mitigation and monitoring.

 
 

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