Ian is our Project Manager for the EU LIFE funded “Saving Wildcats” project, being led by the RZSS on behalf of a partnership of collaborators and co-funders. He is based at the Highland Wildlife Park and responsible for the day-to-day management of the project. He feels passionately about his role and aims to build a world class team that will ensure this iconic species has an opportunity to thrive again in the Scottish Highlands.
Ian trained and practiced as a freshwater ecologist in his early career and then held several operational and management positions on route to specialising in environmental project management. He spent 2.5 years in the Philippines conducting research at the International Rice Research Institute and then 20 years working for the Natural Environment Research Council which included managing UK Government and EU funded consortium projects. Before joining the RZSS he spent 4 years managing community-based Climate Challenge Fund projects in Perthshire.
MBA (Lancaster University) Business Administration
PhD (University of Wales) Environmental impacts of agrochemical use in rice cultivation
MSc (University of Wales) Applied Hydrobiology
BSc (University of Stirling) Environmental Science and Biology
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Himalayan Wolves Project Update May 2022
Our RZSS WildGenes experts have been working with Dr Geraldine Werhahn for more than six years on the Himalayan Wolves Project, which aims to gather scientific evidence to support the conservation of wolves, and their prey, in the high-altitude habitats across the Himalayas. Find out the latest from the project here.
First wildcat kittens born at Saving Wildcats conservation breeding for release centre
Wildcat kittens, which will likely be among the first of their species to be released into the wild in Britain, have been born in the Saving Wildcats conservation breeding for release centre at our Highland Wildlife Park.