Elected: 2015
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Professor Des Thompson
Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity, NatureScot
With more than 30 years’ experience working in government agencies, Des was the Principal Adviser on Biodiversity and Science with NatureScot, Scotland’s Nature Agency. He worked closely with the Scottish Government devising the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy 2022-2045, and its Delivery Plan. Now a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow with the UHI North, West and Hebrides his interests include the conservation ecology of north European shorebirds, upland ecosystems, and science-policy biodiversity decision making. He advises the UN on climate and biodiversity issues as Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) COP-Appointed Scientific Councillor for Climate Change, and a member of the Technical Advisory Group supporting the conservation of migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia (founder chair for ten years), member of the Scottish Government’s Biodiversity Programme Advisory Group, and Vice President (and former Chair of the Board of Trustees) of the Field Studies Council. He has published widely, took his PhD and DSc from the University of Nottingham, and hails from the small village of Culrain in Sutherland.