Patrick White

Patrick White

Dr Patrick White MCIEEM, FHEA

Lecturer in Conservation Biology

Biography

I am an ecologist who is passionate about research that has practical applications for conservation of threatened species and for the wider profession of ecology and environmental management. To this end I have a wide range of interests and I apply a variety of research techniques, including observational studies, experimental work and modelling.

My background has been in applied avian ecology, including conservation of farmland passerines, grouse and geese. More recently I have also become interested in mammalian conservation and I supervise two PhD projects, on otters and ibex. I want to improve the techniques ecological consultants and researchers use, and recent work has focused on detection probabilities of remote cameras, and improving avian breeding simulation models.

Outside of my work I contribute via membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Scottish Section Committee and the IUCN Otter and Grouse Specialist Groups.

My teaching on our CIEEM accredited MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation programme closely aligns with my research skills, contributing to the areas of statistics and modelling, applied ecology, biodiversity monitoring and analysis, and field surveying techniques.

I was a postdoctoral research scientist in Upland Research Group at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust [2010-2013] and did my PhD at the Centre for Agri-environmental Research, University of Reading, in conjunction with the Allerton Project, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust [2005-2009]. I have a BSc in Ecological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh [2001-2005].

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • CIEEM Academia Special Interest Group Committee Member
  • CIEEM Scottish Section Committee Member

 

Conference Activity

  • Session chair at CIEEM 2018 Scottish Conference
  • Conference Organizing Committee - CIEEM Autumn Conference 2018

 

Editorial Activity

  • Member of Editorial Board for 'In Practice' journal

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, University of Greenwich

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Edinburgh Napier Students' Association Excellence Award - Best Tutor (Applied Sciences)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited speaker at Scottish Ringers' Conference 2019
  • SNH Lunchtime Seminar Series
  • Perthshire Black Grouse Study Group Annual Meeting
  • Forestry Commission ‘Future of Scotland’s Woodland Grouse’ (Dunkeld, Scotland) TALK
  • Moorland Forum/GWCT ‘Thinking CAP – Upland Research and Management’ (Perth, Scotland) TALK
  • Oxford University’s Edward Grey Institute ‘Student Conference’ (University of Groningen, Netherlands) TALK
  • Society for Conservation Biology ‘3rd European Congress of Conservation Biologists’ (Glasgow, Scotland) TALK
  • The Wildlife Information Centre Autumn Conference ‘Why biological recording matters’ (Vogrie Country Park, Scotland) TALK
  • University of Uppsala ‘6th International Black Grouse Conference’  (University of Uppsala, Sweden) TALK
  • British Ornithologists’ Union ‘Avian demography in a changing world’ (University of Leicester, England) TALK

 

Media Activity

  • Featured on BBC radio’s ‘Out of Doors’ to discuss black grouse research
  • Featured on BBC television’s ‘Landward’ to discuss black grouse research

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member - IUCN Grouse Specialist Group
  • Member - IUCN Otter Specialist Group
  • Member Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (MCIEEM)

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer - Ibis (British Ornithologists' Union)
  • Reviewer - Ibis (British Ornithologists' Union)
  • Reviewer- Ecological Modelling (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer: Journal of Applied Ecology; Ecological Modelling; Bird Study; Ibis

 

Date


18 results

Component processes of detection probability in camera-trap studies: understanding the occurrence of false-negatives

Journal Article
Findlay, M. A., Briers, R. A., & White, P. J. C. (2020)
Component processes of detection probability in camera-trap studies: understanding the occurrence of false-negatives. Mammal Research, 65, 167-180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13364-020-00478-y
Camera-trap studies in the wild record true-positive data, but data loss from false-negatives (i.e. an animal is present but not recorded) is likely to vary and widely impact ...

Routes to achieving sustainable intensification in simulated dairy farms: The importance of production efficiency and complimentary land uses

Journal Article
White, P. J. C., Lee, M. A., Roberts, D. J., & Cole, L. J. (2019)
Routes to achieving sustainable intensification in simulated dairy farms: The importance of production efficiency and complimentary land uses. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(5), 1128-1139. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13347
1. Sustainable intensification (SI) is a global challenge, aiming to increase food production whilst conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services. This is contrary to the ob...

Data from: Routes to achieving sustainable intensification in simulated dairy farms - the importance of production efficiency and complimentary land uses

Dataset
White, P., Lee, M., Roberts, D., & Cole, L. (2019)
Data from: Routes to achieving sustainable intensification in simulated dairy farms - the importance of production efficiency and complimentary land uses. [Dataset]. https://doi.org/10.17869/enu.2019.1497843
Data underpinning: White, P. J. C., Lee, M. A., Roberts, D. J., & Cole, L. J. (2019). Routes to achieving sustainable intensification in simulated dairy farms: The importance ...

Optimising camera trap data quality at mammal resting places.

Journal Article
Findlay, M. A., Briers, R. A., & White, P. J. C. (2018)
Optimising camera trap data quality at mammal resting places. In Practice, 24-28
A thorough understanding of how camera traps function is essential for ensuring correct set-up and quality of data. We illustrate the challenges through a case study of camera...

Data from: "Land-sharing via land-sparing: enhancing productivity and biodiversity on model dairy farms as a route to sustainable intensification"

Dataset
White, P., Lee, M., Roberts, D., & Cole, L. (2018)
Data from: "Land-sharing via land-sparing: enhancing productivity and biodiversity on model dairy farms as a route to sustainable intensification". [Dataset]. https://doi.org/10.17869/ENU.2018.1141073
The dataset with identifier https://doi.org/10.17869/ENU.2018.1141073 was substituted by another version with the following citation: White, P., Lee, M., Roberts, D., & Cole, ...

Data from: Sustainable intensification of a dairy farming system

Dataset
White, P., Lee, M., Roberts, D., & Cole, L. (2018)
Data from: Sustainable intensification of a dairy farming system. [Dataset]. https://doi.org/10.17869/ENU.2018.1122039
The dataset with identifier https://doi.org/10.17869/ENU.2018.1122039 was substituted by another version with the following citation: White, P., Lee, M., Roberts, D., & Cole, ...

Developing an empirical approach to optimal camera-trap deployment at mammal resting sites: evidence from a longitudinal study of an otter Lutra lutra holt

Journal Article
Findlay, M., Briers, R., Diamond, N., & White, P. (2017)
Developing an empirical approach to optimal camera-trap deployment at mammal resting sites: evidence from a longitudinal study of an otter Lutra lutra holt. European journal of wildlife research, 63(6),
The study of nocturnal mammals relies on indirect evidence or invasive methods involving capture and tagging of individuals. Indirect methods are prone to error, while capture...

Changes of bat species composition over altitudinal gradients on northern and southern aspects of the Soutpansberg mountain range, South Africa.

Journal Article
Weier, S. M., Linden, V. M., Gaigher, I., White, P. J., & Taylor, P. J. (2017)
Changes of bat species composition over altitudinal gradients on northern and southern aspects of the Soutpansberg mountain range, South Africa. Mammalia, 81(1), https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0055
In order to gain insight into the pattern of bat species composition over altitude and the environmental variables driving the observed pattern, we compared data from moist so...

Rattus management is essential for population persistence in a critically endangered passerine: combining small-scale field experiments and population modelling.

Journal Article
Maggs, G., Nicoll, M., Zuël, N., White, P. J. C., Winfield, E., Poongavanan, S., …Norris, K. (2015)
Rattus management is essential for population persistence in a critically endangered passerine: combining small-scale field experiments and population modelling. Biological Conservation, 191, 274-281. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.06.039
Invasive species are a major threat for island biodiversity, causing species decline and extinction globally. Of all invasive mammals rats are one of the most detrimental and ...

Habitat use by Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix in a mixed moorland-forest landscape in Scotland and implications for a national afforestation strategy

Journal Article
White, P. J. C., Warren, P., & Baines, D. (2015)
Habitat use by Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix in a mixed moorland-forest landscape in Scotland and implications for a national afforestation strategy. Bird Study, 62(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/00063657.2014.1000261
Capsule Long-term conservation of Black Grouse in Scotland may rely upon the retention of sufficiently large and well-connected patches of moorland and a diversity of adjacent...

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