Keynote Speakers

Derek Yalden

Derek started his academic career studying Zoology at the University of London, progressing on to Royal Holloway College for his Ph.D. For 40 years he has been based within the Zoology Department at the University of Manchester. He has been long standing member of the Mammal Society, Fauna Preservation Society and British Herpetological Society and is currently President of the Mammal Society. He was heavily involved in the very first mammal atlas. Following an expedition to Ethiopia in 1968 he developed a passionate interest in their mammals. In the 1980’s he developed an interested in the recent history of the mammals and birds in the British Isles which culminated in writing "The History of British Mammals" (1999) and "The History of British Birds" (2008).

Peter Brotherton

As Head of Biodiversity for Natural England, Pete’s remit spans evidence, policy and strategy development. He currently leads the secretariat of the ‘Making Space for Nature’ review of England’s wildlife sites and ecological network. He is also heavily involved in establishing a new framework for biodiversity delivery in England, aiming to embed an ecosystem approach and promote working at a landscape-scale. A member of the England Biodiversity Group, and former chair the UK BAP Targets Review group, Pete’s previous roles include Natural England’s Species Recovery Manager and Head of English Nature's Biodiversity Unit. Before joining English Nature in 1999, Pete was an academic at Cambridge University where his research included the evolution of monogamy in dik-dik and cooperative behaviour in meerkats.

Paul Wilkinson

Paul is Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts and has responsibility for leading and supporting the achievement of the vision across the UK. He previously worked as the Director of Regional Policy for The Wildlife Trusts in the East of England, during which time he was a member of the East of England Regional Assembly and chaired the region’s Biodiversity Forum for 6 years. Paul is a Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, has also been the Norfolk Biodiversity Coordinator and worked as the Development Manager for an environmental education charity in Norfolk.

Peter Freer-Smith

Peter is the Forestry Commission's Chief Scientist and a visiting Professor at Southampton University. He is a co-author of the Read report: 'Combating Climate Change - a role for UK forests', which examines the potential of the UK's trees and woodlands to mitigate and adapt to changing climate, forming part of the UK response to the IPCC 4th Assessment Report. Peter's PhD was on the Impacts of Air Pollutants on Trees; he went on to two post-doctoral research projects at Lancaster before moving to a lecturer’s post at the University of Ulster. He joined the Forestry Commission in 1987 and was appointed Forestry Commission Chief Scientist in 2009.

Kalev Sepp

Kalev is a Professor of Landscape Management and Nature Conservation at the Estonian University of Life Sciences(EMU). He lectures on nature conservation, landscape ecology and management. He is a head of studies on environmental science at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, head of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He is a Vice- President of the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN), an elected Councillor of IUCN (2004-2012). He is a member of the EU FP7 Programme Committee for Environment (including climate change). His research covers evaluating the human impact to agricultural landscapes, methodological approaches for landscape and biodiversity monitoring, applying the concept of ecological networks in spatial planning and using a concept landscape functions in environmental management and the relationship between landscape structure and species composition.

Richard Smithers

Richard was elected chair of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK) last year. He is senior conservation adviser for the Woodland Trust and has been involved in developing landscape-scale thinking nationally for more than ten years. Working at the science-policy interface, he has particularly contributed to major projects assessing climate change impacts and developing adaptation strategies. This has included: co-founding the UK Phenology Network, as a web-based project; chairing the MONARCH project's science sub-group; helping steer development and application of Forest Research's BEETLE model; and leading development of the England Biodiversity Strategy Climate Change Adaptation Principles.

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