|Affiliation / Institution
Centre for Ornithology, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
I am a member of the Centre for Ornithology in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. I teach undergraduate courses in ecology, behaviour, evolution and conservation biology. I carry out research addressing the ecological and behavioural implications for birds breeding in changing terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the face of anthropogenic inputs such as urbanisation, over-exploitation and pollution. I have worked as an Associate Editor on the British Ornithologists’ Union’s (BOU’s) journal Ibis for the last 12 years, I have served on two BOU committees and I am a member of the Scientific Programme Committee for the 10th Conference of the EOU in Badajoz, Spain. I hope to use my experience as an editor, as a researcher working in cities and on remote islands, and as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate courses in ornithology in my future work with the EOU.
Jim says about his wish to support the EOU:
“I have been a member of the BOU for years with whom I have played key roles both as an Associate Editor on their journal (Ibis) for over a decade and as a member of their various committees – I have gained much experience promoting ornithology both within professional and amateur ranks here within the UK as a result. I first attended an EOU meeting at Chemnitz in Germany in 2003 and I have been attending them regularly ever since. I have always enjoyed meeting mainland European colleagues and friends at such meetings which are relaxed, convivial and information-rich. I have served on the Scientific Programme Committee (chaired by Graham Martin) for the EOU meeting in Badajoz, Spain this summer and my exposure to high quality and diverse abstracts of contributions from across Europe has reinforced my view that European ornithology is in ‘the rudest of health’. I would like this opportunity to represent and work for the EOU in its objectives of advancing ornithology and promoting “the scientific study of birds among ornithologists within Europe”. I feel that I can bring a wealth of experience to the EOU Council especially in the planning and execution of meetings and in finding effective ways for professional ornithologists to work closely with citizen scientists. The website will be particularly important in making this happen. In so doing, I hope to help to maintain the EOU’s position as one of the most highly regarded organisations in global ornithology.”