Patrick White

Patrick White

Dr Patrick White MCIEEM, FHEA

Lecturer

Biography

I do research that has practical applications for conservation of threatened species and for the wider profession of ecology and environmental management. I have a wide range of interests and I apply a variety of research techniques, including observational studies, experimental work and modelling.

My background is in applied avian ecology, including conservation of passerines, grouse and geese. More recently I have also been involved in mammalian conservation research, supervising PhD students on otters and ibex. Recent work has also focused on detection probability of camera traps, and improving avian breeding simulation models.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), where I am on the Training, Education and Careers Development Committee and the Academia Special Interest Group Committee. I am also a member of the IUCN Otter and Grouse Specialist Groups. I am on the Editorial Board for CIEEM’s quarterly publication ‘In Practice’ and I have been a peer reviewer for several journals including Journal of Applied Ecology, Ecological Modelling, and Ibis. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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

I was previously 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

  • Deputy Research Degrees Lead, School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Member of Training, Education and Career Development Committee for CIEEM
  • CIEEM Academia Special Interest Group Committee Member
  • CIEEM Scottish Section Committee Member

 

Conference Organising Activity

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

 

Editorial Activity

  • Member of Editorial Board for In Practice (Bulletin of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, University of Greenwich

 

Fellowships and Awards

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

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited speaker at Scottish Ringers' Conference 2019
  • SNH Lunchtime Seminar Series
  • Perthshire Black Grouse Study Group Annual Meeting
  • 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
  • Oxford University’s Edward Grey Institute ‘Student Conference’ (University of Groningen, Netherlands) TALK
  • British Ornithologists’ Union ‘Avian demography in a changing world’ (University of Leicester, England) TALK
  • Moorland Forum/GWCT ‘Thinking CAP – Upland Research and Management’ (Perth, Scotland) TALK
  • Forestry Commission ‘Future of Scotland’s Woodland Grouse’ (Dunkeld, Scotland) TALK
  • University of Uppsala ‘6th International Black Grouse Conference’  (University of Uppsala, Sweden) TALK

 

Media Activity

  • Featured on BBC television’s ‘Landward’ to discuss black grouse research
  • Featured on BBC radio’s ‘Out of Doors’ 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 - Movement Ecology
  • Reviewer - European Journal of Wildlife Research
  • Reviewer - Heliyon
  • 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


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Habitat selection of smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) in the peri-coastal, urbanised landscape of Goa, India

Journal Article
Dias, S. J., White, P. J. C., Sinai Borker, A., & Vaz Fernandes, N. (2022)
Habitat selection of smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) in the peri-coastal, urbanised landscape of Goa, India. Mammal Research, 67(3), 299-309. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13364-022-00639-1
Human development can have detrimental impacts on the environment and its contained ecosystems. However, several species have adapted to thrive in human-modified landscapes. T...

Linking agri-environment scheme habitat area, predation and the abundance of chick invertebrate prey to the nesting success of a declining farmland bird

Journal Article
McHugh, N. M., White, P. J. C., Moreby, S., Szczur, J., Stoate, C., Leather, S. R., & Holland, J. M. (2022)
Linking agri-environment scheme habitat area, predation and the abundance of chick invertebrate prey to the nesting success of a declining farmland bird. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 3(2), Article e12155. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12155
1. Across Europe, farmland bird populations have continued to decline since the 1970s owing to the intensification of farming practices. Studies of such declines have tended t...

Multi-scale habitat selection and spatial analysis reveals a mismatch between the wintering distribution of a threatened population of Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis and its protected area

Journal Article
Thornton, M., Mitchell, C., Griffin, L., Briers, R., Minshull, B., Maciver, A., & White, P. (in press)
Multi-scale habitat selection and spatial analysis reveals a mismatch between the wintering distribution of a threatened population of Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis and its protected area. Bird Study, https://doi.org/10.1080/00063657.2021.1966740
Capsule: Our multi-scale habitat selection and spatial analysis of a threatened population of Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis highlights the importance of monitoring and review...

Genetic diversity of the Nubian ibex in Oman as revealed by mitochondrial DNA

Journal Article
Al-Ghafri, M. K., White, P. J. C., Briers, R. A., Dicks, K. L., Ball, A., Ghazali, M., …Senn, H. (2021)
Genetic diversity of the Nubian ibex in Oman as revealed by mitochondrial DNA. Royal Society Open Science, 8(5), https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.210125
The Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) is patchily distributed across parts of Africa and Arabia. In Oman, it is one of the few free-ranging wild mammals found in the central and sou...

From theory to practice in pattern‐oriented modelling: identifying and using empirical patterns in predictive models

Journal Article
Gallagher, C. A., Chudzinska, M., Larsen‐Gray, A., Pollock, C. J., Sells, S. N., White, P. J. C., & Berger, U. (2021)
From theory to practice in pattern‐oriented modelling: identifying and using empirical patterns in predictive models. Biological Reviews, 96(5), 1868-1888. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12729
To robustly predict the effects of disturbance and ecosystem changes on species, it is necessary to produce structurally realistic models with high predictive power and flexib...

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, ...

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