David Christopher O’Brien
Supervisor: Robert Jehle
David has been working for NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage), the public body responsible for Scotland’s natural heritage, in number of roles since 2004. He is currently conducting a PhD by Published Works entitled “Conservation of reptiles and amphibians in Scotland: local interventions in support of globally threatened fauna”. The thesis includes research on the potential for amphibian habitats in green infrastructure, the status and conservation of range-edge populations of the great crested newt, and the interaction between reptiles and windfarms.