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Biosciences Professor given key role in NERC's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

7 June 2013

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Professor Steve Ormerod, Professor of Ecology in Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and Chairman of the RSPB, has been appointed chair of a new Science Development Group for NERC’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

The CEH is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, including land-atmosphere interactions, and its standing in the international environmental science arena is substantial. As a major contributor to the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC’s) science strategy, CEH performs a science programme worth approximately £35M p.a. and publishes approximately 350 scientific papers p.a. with over 60 in the top ranking Science, Nature and Nature family in the last 5 years.

The role of the newly formed Science Development Group, which also includes senior lecturer Dr Hefin Jones (Cardiff School of Biosciences), will be to advise CEH on its science strategy and on the quality of its science delivery, thereby ensuring the continuation of excellence and international reputation of the centre.

Professor Mark Bailey, Director of CEH, said, “I’m delighted that Steve Ormerod has agreed to chair the Science Development Group.  This group will be invaluable to the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in providing strategic advice on our science and in helping to maintain the science excellence of our research and delivery of National Capability for the UK Terrestrial and Freshwater Sector.”

Professor Steve Ormerod said, “I’m hugely flattered to be asked by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to take on this key advisory role, and to be supported by such a wealth of experience within the group.  As a major European leader in ecological and hydrological science, I expect the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to occupy a pivotal position in the years ahead – particularly where their world-class expertise in water, pollution, biodiversity and ecosystem services is applied alone and in partnership to the complex environmental challenges we face.”