Dr Chris McInerny is a Reader at the University of Glasgow, having a long-term interest in all forms of natural history, but particularly birds, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, moths and, more recently, plants and orchids. He is Chairman of Biological Recording in Scotland (BRISC), President of the Glasgow Natural History Society, and Secretary to both the British Ornithologists' Records and Scottish Birds Records Committees.
Vice County Recorder for North Northumberland (VC68), referee for Euphrasia and immediate past-President of the BSBI.
I have been an ecologist for the National Trust for Scotland at Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve and Glencoe National Nature Reserve for the last eleven years. This is my last day in this role, as from tomorrow I will be a Natural Heritage Advisor over a wider range of the Trust's mountain properties, from Grey Mare's Tail and Goatfell in the south to Kintail and Torridon in the north. I represent the NTS on the BSBI Scottish Committee.
I am a final year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, in the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences. I am interested in understanding how plants interact with their environments and how they overcome environmental stress. I am particularly interested in seeing how we can use fundamental, molecular biology and apply this is to crops in the field.
John is Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and a former President of the Botanical Society of Scotland (BSS). He is an ecologist, with interests that include global ecology and the carbon cycle, plant water relations and forest ecology. Currently he is leading the BSS project The Urban Flora of Scotland (now in its fifth year).
President of the Botanical Society of Scotland, Research Fellow of UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Mostly a plant physiologist, but also very interested in variation in ploidy of Campanula rotundifolia.
I'm the quarantine and plant health officer at RBGE, where I study the ecology of pathogens in traded plants.
Lindsay is the current Chair of the Scottish BSBI Committee having taken up post in 2019. He is an experienced ecologist, having worked as a research assistant, with Scottish Natural Heritage, and previously as Nature Conservation Adviser with the National Trust for Scotland. He is presently a self-employed consultant (Parnassus Ecology).
I worked for the official government conservation agencies as a Plant ecologist and Lowland heaths specialist for most of my career. Since retiring I have been helping BSBI in several different roles.
Mark is a passionate and skilled Botanist and Horticulturist and always keen to promote botany as a profession and vocation. His field skills have been recognised by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) as one of their 'Gold Standard' recorders for their Field Identification Skills Certificates (FISC). He passes these skills onto a variety of audiences through teaching for universities, consultancies, environmental organisations, voluntary organisations and private individuals. Mark is the lead tutor and a lecturer on the Manchester Metropolitan University MSc in Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring.
During working hours Matt is a research biologist with Forest Research, based at the northern research station near Edinburgh. At other times he's a wannabe fell runner and botanist in training who teaches tree ID for the Field Studies Council. For his sins he is BSBI joint referee for conifers...
Pete is Director of Science and Deputy Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. His research focuses on understanding and conserving plant biodiversity. He has particular interests in biodiversity genomics, the conservation of genetic diversity, reintroductions, and large-scale analyses of threats to biodiversity. He is an Honorary Professor of the Kunming Institute of Botany, a Visiting Professor of the Universities of Edinburgh, Johannesburg and Heriot Watt, and Chair of Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
I am a botanist and mycologist, with an evolutionary perspective on diversity in lichens. Because I believe that people and the planet will all benefit from a better understanding of one another, I am also passionate about enthusing people at all levels about lichens.
The author is a biological surveyor and habitat ecologist with over twenty years’ experience in botanical surveying, conservation management, habitat restoration/creation and compiling detailed reports for various statutory, commercial and charitable organisations. The author’s main area of interest is in the study of semi-natural and near-natural vegetation (especially in the Southern Uplands) with particular reference to both plant and vegetation succession and the effects of certain treatments. The author has been involved in and worked on several ecological restoration schemes both here in the Southern Uplands and also in the Highlands and is an original member of the Carrifran Wildwood Group.
BSBI VCR for Clyde Isles, I live on Bute and recently published a Flora of the island. I have a particular interest in brambles, and being largely confined to the island this year I have looked more closely at some of them.
I am a retired medical practitioner. Vice-county recorder for Easter Ross (VC106) since 2003, initially jointly with my late wife. Vice-President of the Botanical Society of Scotland and BSS Local Secretary for Tayside. Active in local societies
Vice County Recorder for Dumfriesshire since 1995 Currently Chair BSBI Board
David is one of two Vice County Recorders for both Kincardineshire and North Aberdeenshire, and communicates some of his most interesting finds using Twitter. He is a member of the BSBI Committee for Scotland.
I have been BSBI joint vice-county recorder for VC97 Westerness for 20 years. I worked for many years for SNH and JNCC and am currently a consultant ecologist, naturalist and writer. I have a strong interest in Scottish habitats, especially freshwaters, wetlands, uplands and coastal, as well as invertebrates of all kinds.
Jonathan Shanklin is the BSBI Hon Field Meetings Secretary, chair of the Committee for England and vice-county recorder for Cambridgeshire. He is an emeritus fellow at the British Antarctic Survey and discovered the Antarctic ozone hole.
I am a botanist in the molecular labs at RBGE. My research includes bryophyte phylogeny and DNA barcoding, as well as protocol development. I also provide specialised molecular training for staff and students.
Liz Lavery, BSBI Recorder for West Perth and Clackmannanshire since 2007 (jointly with Jane Jones). I am secretary of the BSBI Committee for Scotland and General Secretary of the Botanical Society of Scotland and I've been secretary of the Botanical Section of PSNS (Perthshire Society of Natural Science) for over 20 years. I am a tutor for FSC/BSBI Identiplant course.
I am a farmer in the central Borders with a particular interest in how we use land to produce food whilst managing it for nature and recreation. I have been the BSBI recorder in Peeblesshire since 2011.
With a background in teaching and STEM education, I am now the Public Engagement Officer for the “Antibiotics under our feet” project funded by a ScotPEN Wellcome Trust Award at the Czekster Lab at the University of St Andrews.
Recorder for vc85, Fife and Kinrosshire. Originally a biologist at the University of St. Andrews. Started as histologist and field biologist at the marine lab. Involved with practical teaching of classes and identification aspects on field trips to sea-shores and rivers. Became joint recorder in 2010, the recorder being the late George Ballantyne; a font of all floral knowledge in vc85. Also a Member of the Fife Wildlife Site Assessment Group.
I am a plant ecologist focussing on upland vegetation, restoration ecology and applied science. I am currently researching my part-time PhD entitled “Improving outcomes in montane woodland restoration”. I also undertake habitat survey and plant population monitoring at montane sites in Scotland including Corrour Estate and Ben Lawers NNR, where I was employed as seasonal ecologist from 2013-2020.
The organising team
As the BSBI's Scottish Officer, I've been promoting botany and supporting botanists in Scotland since 2004. More recently I've taken on a wider role as BSBI Senior Country Officer, managing Country Officers in Ireland and Wales and editing BSBI eNews - the monthly newsletter for the BSBI recording community, inter alia. I'm also a County Recorder for Mid-Perthshire.
I'm the BSBI's Communications Officer, responsible for keeping the website updated, answering enquiries, promoting the society’s work to a wider audience and running BSBI's social media platforms and the News & Views blog.
Natalie is the current volunteer organiser for the BSBI Photographic Competition and BSBI Member of the Committee for Scotland. Her day job is Acting Centre Manager at The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC) – the Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC) for SE and part of central Scotland. She has over 10 years’ experience working in conservation. She has a good all-round knowledge of British wildlife, but plants were her first passion.
Ryan works for the monitoring and research team of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. He has particular interest in vascular plants, solitary bees, beetles and bryophytes. Ryan sits on the Events and Communications Committee of the BSBI.