Patrick White

Patrick White

Dr Patrick White MCIEEM, FHEA

Lecturer in Conservation Biology


I am a lecturer in conservation biology in the School of Applied Sciences [2013 - present]. Previously 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 also have a BSc in Ecological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh [2001-2005].

My research interests are broad, and currently include studying the habitat ecology of threatened birds, evidence-based approaches to camera-trapping, and modelling farmland biodiversity under different management scenarios.

I primarily teach on our MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation programme in the areas of statistics, applied ecology, biodiversity monitoring and analysis, and avian field surveying.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Scottish Section Committee and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group.


Invited Speaker

  • 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
  • Perthshire Black Grouse Study Group Annual Meeting


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



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


Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • CIEEM Scottish Section Committee Member
  • IUCN Otter Specialist Group 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)


Current Post Grad projects