Patrick White

Patrick White

Dr Patrick White MCIEEM, FHEA

Lecturer in Conservation Biology


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].


Invited Speaker

  • 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
  • Perthshire Black Grouse Study Group Annual Meeting
  • SNH Lunchtime Seminar Series
  • British Ornithologists’ Union ‘Avian demography in a changing world’ (University of Leicester, England) TALK
  • 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
  • University of Uppsala ‘6th International Black Grouse Conference’  (University of Uppsala, Sweden) TALK



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


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • CIEEM Scottish Section Committee Member


Fellowships and Awards

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


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, University of Greenwich


Membership of Professional Body

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


Conference Activity

  • Session chair at CIEEM 2018 Scottish Conference


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


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