Elected: 2015
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Professor Desmond Bruin Angus Thompson FRSE

Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity, Scottish Natural Heritage.

From the Highland village of Culrain, Professor Des Thompson undertook his PhD at Nottingham University, publishing his research as a textbook on the behavioural ecology of bird flocks. After holding a Liverpool University Fellowship, he moved to the Nature Conservancy Council to begin leading upland conservation work for the government and its agencies. Now with Scottish Natural Heritage, he is the principal adviser on biodiversity and chairs several national and international groups. Des has published widely and collaboratively on topics covering birds of prey, shorebirds, mountain and moorland ecology, and the state of nature. He is Chairman of the Field Studies Council, the UK’s leading provider of outdoor environmental education, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.