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Academia SIG Elections 2018 Candidate Information

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Debbie Bartlett FCIEEM 

A member since the early 1990s and a Fellow since 2009, I have been lobbying for an CIEEM Academic group for some years as I feel strengthening the link between ecologists and environmental managers teaching and researching in academia, other CIEEM members and the Secretariat is important for the profession. 

In the past I have served on the External Affairs committee, was a member of the Governing Board 2014-17 and am currently a member of TECDC and Vice Convenor of the South East Geographical Section.  

The MSc I lead at the University of Greenwich was the first to gain CIEEM accreditation and I am currently working with employers to develop L7 degree apprenticeships for the roles of Ecologist and Environment Management Professional.

I look forward to developing the ASIG to benefit CIEEM members, particularly students, teachers and researchers.


Vice Convenor

Paul Rooney CEnv MCIEEM

I am the Deputy Head of the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Science at Liverpool Hope University. Before joining Hope in 1999, I worked in nature conservation as a Coastal Ranger and more recently leading a LIFE project on coastal sand dunes. I have served on CIEEM and IEEM national and regional committees for over 25 years, and now as Convenor for the North West Section Committee, having founded it in 2001. My experience of working in both nature conservation and academia means I appreciate the importance of students and academics being closely involved in CIEEM.


Committee Member

Megan Klaar CEnv MCIEEM

Prior to starting my academic career, I was an ecologist for nearly 10 years where I worked for a water company, environmental charity and an environmental regulator and gained my MCIEEM and CEnv qualifications.  I am now an early career lecturer at the University of Leeds with a heavy focus on research as well as teaching at all levels.

I hope  to see the Academic Special Interest Group grow to support networking and collaboration between students, academics and practitioners to ensure that the skills needed at each stage of progression are recognised and supported where possible by CIEEM and CIEEM members and that there is a support network for those CIEEM members working and with an interest in academic professions and pursuits.


Committee Member

Andy Lane CEnv MCIEEM

Andy is Professor of Environmental Systems at the Open University, where he tries to weave together ideas about environmental management, systems thinking, diagramming, technological innovation, teaching and learning, and share those ideas with others in ways he hopes are useful to them. He is the Qualification Lead for a BSc in Environmental Management and Technology and spent 6 years on the CIEEM Teaching Education and Career Development Committee (TECDC).


Committee Member

Sharne McMillan CEnv MCIEEM

Sharne McMillan has been an IEEM/CIEEM member since 2004. She is currently a PhD candidate at The University of Hong Kong where she studies rare species ecology, management and conservation. Prior to her study, Sharne worked as an ecological consultant for 16 years covering a range of habitats and species, in Australia, the UK, and Hong Kong. She brings knowledge and practical experience in ecological and EIA consultancy, as well as research and teaching experience from the academic field. She has a strong interest in developing practical applications of, and links between, academic research and the environmental assessment and management profession. This also includes developing approaches to increase the practical skills and knowledge of environment/ecology students and early-career practitioners. Sharne is excited about the opportunities that the Academia SIG can bring to CIEEM members, and believes that her diverse experience can help facilitate links between the environmental practitioner, manager and academic professions.


Committee Member

Matthew Wainehouse MCIEEM

I am an insatiably curious ecologist with eight years’ experience working as a consultant on several nationally significant infrastructure projects. I have worked principally as a botanist on landscape-scale linear infrastructure such as HS2 and the Northwest Coast Connection. Prior to this I spent a year at the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology as a research assistant. In January of this year I began a PhD carrying out research into the ecology of heart-rot fungi in veteran trees. My experience of industry combined with my current role as a research student would give a useful perspective to
the ASIG’s work.

In my previous work I have relied on logic over instinct and tradition, and would bring this objective and analytical approach my work on the committee. I am an extremely ardent supporter of evidence based practice and policy and would like to promote this through the ASIG. This will be of fundamental importance as the UK develops its post-Brexit legislation and net-gain policies. I see this as a great opportunity to foster partnerships between academics and industry to direct research towards imaginative policies and novel practices in areas that can deliver significant environmental gains but currently lack a firm evidence base - Biodiversity Offsetting metrics being one such example. I would
like to use my position on the ASIG to assist this process by actively developing links between the two sectors.


Committee Member

Patrick White MCIEEM

I am an ecologist and lecturer in conservation biology at Edinburgh Napier University. I have been a Full Member of CIEEM since 2013 and on the CIEEM Scottish Section Committee since 2016. My PhD was in applied ecology, looking at the impact of agricultural management on the productivity of farmland passerines. Prior to my current role I worked as a research scientist at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust in the Highlands. Via the Academia SIG committee I hope to promote the benefits of engagement with CIEEM to students, as well as help to develop links between practitioners and researchers.


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