BEES Head Appointed Vice President of British Trust for Ornithology
Thu, 7 Jul 2011
Professor John O’Halloran, Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at UCC has been honoured by being invited to become Vice President of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Norfolk, UK.
Professor Ian Newton, OBE, FRS, FRSE, in his invitation said, "the Council and management of BTO would be delighted if John O’Halloran were prepared to accept this invitation in advising and assisting the Trust over the next eight years".
"This is a great honour and I am delighted to accept this invitation and see it as a great opportunity for research and to make further contributions to ornithology" said O'Halloran. "I look forward to working with BTO and benefiting from networking with one of the largest centres for ornithology in world."
Professor John O’Halloran was previously a member of the Council of the BTO, Editor of its international Journal, Bird Study, he is also a member of the Council of the European Ornithologists Union and Board member of BirdWatch Ireland. The BTO is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers. Our impartiality enables our data and information to be used both by Government and NGO campaigners.
The Trust’s long-term monitoring data on the status of UK birds sets the standard worldwide for understanding the effects of environmental change on wildlife. Over 40,000 volunteer birdwatchers, in partnership with professional research scientists, collect high quality monitoring data on birds and other wildlife. The combination of professional ecologists, long-term datasets some in excess of 50 years, and volunteers participating all over the country gives the BTO a unique, impartial and knowledgeable voice in nature conservation.