31 July 2017

Top honour for long-serving GWCT scientist

NA Graduation

THE deputy director of research at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has been awarded a prestigious higher doctorate.

Nicholas Aebischer, pictured above in red, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) at Durham University’s graduation in June.

Dr Aebischer was given the award for his thesis entitled “Contributions to the understanding of wildlife population dynamics”, comprising 151 scientific papers published between 1983 and 2016 that he has authored or co-authored.

A DSc is awarded as a degree higher than a Doctorate (PhD) to somebody who has a proven record of internationally recognised scholarship and in recognition of a substantial contribution to scientific knowledge well beyond that required for a PhD. 

“Being awarded the degree of Doctor of Science is a tremendous accolade. It reflects not only on my own work, but also on collaborative work with many colleagues inside and outside GWCT," he said.

“I am particularly indebted to Dr J. C. Coulson and the late Dr G. R. Potts, both of whom inspired and encouraged me during my scientific life. Dr Potts was the first GWCT researcher to be recognized in this way, and I am proud to follow in his footsteps.”

GWCT chief executive Teresa Dent said: “I am filled with admiration for such an extraordinary achievement.

“We are so lucky to have someone of such repute at the Trust.”

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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