Fiona is a Director, Senior Project Manager and Data Manager
Since she joined NRP in December 2007, Fiona has project managed and undertaken fieldwork on a number of proposed and existing windfarm sites in Scotland and Northern Ireland. As a project manager she writes tenders and cost estimates for projects; liaises with clients, landowners and field surveyors; provides updates on continuing fieldwork; writes the Technical Reports once fieldwork is complete; and peer-reviews other project managers’ reports as part of our internal Quality Assurance mechanisms. She is also part of the team which writes the Ornithology Assessment Chapters for Environmental Statements.
Fiona is competent in the use of GIS and as Data Manager, along with the other Data Team members, is responsible for the maintenance and development of the data entry and storage systems. She is also ESAS trained for offshore bird survey work. Out with the commercial project work, Fiona instigated NR participation in a collaborative research project on capercaillie disturbance for which she participates in the fieldwork and GIS analysis.
Fiona graduated with an honours degree in Zoology from Aberdeen University in 1992. She has worked on a number of research projects around Scotland, including the 'Langholm' raptors and red grouse project; RSPB wader survey and seabird work; the Game Conservancy Trust woodland grouse project; and work on raven and chough. She has also worked overseas, studying yellow-eyed penguins in New Zealand. From 1998 to 2007 Fiona worked for Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (latterly Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) in Banchory, when she was involved with field and lab work on a number of high profile projects relating to hen harriers, red grouse, woodland grouse and meadow pipits. She also broadened her field skills to include projects on otters, racing pigeons, and plants.