Professor Michael Usher
OBE, FRSE (Chair)
Michael's career started with a degree in forestry and continued with 24 years at the University of York. There he taught ecology and conservation and researched, amongst other things, animals in woodland soils and the design of farm woodlands.
For more than a decade he was Chief Scientist at Scottish Natural Heritage, and is currently Honorary Professor in the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling. In the Council of Europe he chairs the Committee of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas (Bern Convention) and he is also the series editor for the Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation series of books published by Cambridge University Press.