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Thursday, 15 November 2012



 Nominees for Board members

Name of Nominee: Dr Tim Graham MIEEM
Nomination Category: Board member

Tim is currently changing roles at a local conservation NGO, previously managing the Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership which led the implementation and delivery of the CBD at a local level in the UK, based on the UK BAP. Due to national and devolved frameworks emerging, Tim now develops partnership projects and partnership working to deliver biodiversity outcomes at a landscape scale. This has included managing regional projects to conserve Water Vole, starting grassland restoration projects, developing upland restoration projects and being the national lead on the Nemertean worm Prostoma jenningsi, endemic to a single pond in Lancashire, UK (currently, if not confirmed since 1999).

A strong interest in restoration ecology started with a masters in Land Reclamation and Restoration at Cranfield University, under Professor Jim Harris, and this developed into considerable interest in urban ecology and resulting research on urban wildflower meadows and integrating biodiversity into urban design at the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield.

Outside of professional work I started and chair the local Mammal Group trying to develop mammal conservation and data in the area, I am a trustee and treasurer for North West Naturalists Union who encompass and preserve our skills and heritage in biological recording as well as developing key local data on species and habitats. I am also secretary for the Conservation Ecology group at the British Ecological Society, who try to promote the science of ecology and its practice relating to conservation outcomes and working with practitioners and the research communities. I also enjoy trying to get the chance to volunteer on projects around the world, including some great trips to Costa Rica and Indonesia, when time and money allow.

Name of Nominee: Prof. Rob Marrs
Nomination Category: Board member

Rob is currently the Bulley Professor of Applied Plant Biology within the School of Environmental Science at the University of Liverpool. He has wide-ranging interests in understanding how ecosystems change and how they can be manipulated towards specified end-points. Rob served the Board already for three years, chaired the successful education committee, and contributed significantly to the organization of the 3rEuropeanCongress of Conservation Biology. He has been editor of the influential journal Biological Conservation and is involved in the development of the Centre for Environmental Evidence and its new journal Environmental Evidence. Rob is keen to develop training across Europe for students of conservation biology, expanding summer schools and assisting with the planning of ECCB 2015.

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