20 September 2016

Head of Farmland Ecology at the GWCT Appointed Honorary Professor

John Holland PicThe Head of Farmland Ecology at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), John Holland, has been appointed Honorary Professor of Biology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex.

With a career in agro-ecology spanning over 30 years, John has a specific interest in the ecology and role of insects inhabiting farmland. He has a broad expertise in farmland ecosystems, the pressures and constraints on farmland wildlife and development of remedial measures including maximisation of ecosystem services. 

A recognised expert in the field agricultural entomology, John has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific publications, including 77 in peer-reviewed journals. 

Of his appointment he comments: “I feel extremely privileged to have been appointed Honorary Professor of the University of Sussex. The School of Life Sciences is recognised as one of the top-ranking universities in the UK in terms of research.”

John is currently coordinator for the QuESSA (Quantification of Ecological Services for Sustainable Agriculture) FP7 project that aims to quantify the impact of semi-natural habitats on key ecosystem services such as pest control and pollination. He is also convenor of the International Organisation of Biological Control working group “Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity” and the Royal Entomological Society “Sustainable Agriculture Group”.

Nick Sotherton, Director of Research and Advisory at the GWCT, adds: “We are absolutely delighted at John’s appointment. This is testament to the work he has conducted during his career, both in the UK and in New Zealand. He is not only a well-respected scientist, but a key member of our research team, and his work supervising PhD and MSc students ensures that his expertise is being shared with the next generation of scientists.”

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

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For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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