Professor Jeremy Wilson

Chair CCI Council
Director of Science (RSPB)

Role: CCI Council, RSPB


Professor Jeremy Wilson is RSPB’s Director of Science, leading its Centre for Conservation Science. Following a PhD and postdoctoral research on bird behaviour and ecology at the University of Edinburgh, Jeremy spent ten years leading studies of the ecology and conservation of birds in agricultural landscapes. He continued this work on joining RSPB’s Conservation Science team in 1996, and became Head of Conservation Science, Scotland, in 2001, then spending almost twenty years, leading RSPB’s conservation science work in Scotland, and in upland and marine ecosystems across the UK. Jeremy is now responsible for strategic development of RSPB’s science programme across the UK and internationally in Scotland to inform conservation management, advice, policy development and advocacy, and for developing collaborations across the Higher Education, statutory and commercial sectors.

Jeremy is an Honorary Chair in Biological & Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, in 2017. He was awarded the Marsh Award for Ornithology in 2012. He is co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers and reports (, and Bird Conservation and Agriculture, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009.