- Affiliate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)
Bob Furness is Professor Emeritus of Seabird and Fishing Interactions, and currently works as Principal Ornithologist of MacArthur Green Ecological Consultancy, in Glasgow.
In addition to supervising 50 PhD students working on topics as diverse as pollutants in deep-sea fish, the ecology of Lyme disease, and long-line bycatch of albatrosses in Brazil, Bob has maintained a long term study of great skuas in Shetland for over 30 years. Bob was until recently a member of the Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and has been on the Council of the British Trust for Ornithology as well as a member of the BTO Ringing Committee, and chair of BTO Research Committee.
He also chaired the ICES Working Group on Seabird Ecology, and the IAPEME (a panel of experts appointed to overview monitoring programmes for marine wind farms in Denmark), and has been a member of MSC certification teams assessing the sustainability of several major fisheries, including the USA pollock fishery and the Alaskan halibut fishery.
Professor Furness is particularly proud of his small part in the production of the beautiful and informative “Birds of Argyll” published in December 2007, and of his achievement some years ago, with the help of his wife Sue, of ringing 1000 kittiwake chicks in a day at a colony in the Norwegian Arctic.
Professor Furness is a member of the Board of SNH; an appointed Chair of the SNH Scientific Advisory Committee; board member of the British Trust for Ornithology; and an honorary member of the German Ornithological Society. He serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals including Journal of Ornithology and Bird Study.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Using stable isotopes to assess climate-change impacts on migrations of prions (Aves: Procellariiformes).
Natural Environment Research Council
2011 - 2014
- Ecosystem based management incorporating seabirds
2006 - 2007
- An 'eco-chemical snapshot' of Scottish seabird colonies
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
2006 - 2007
- Mitochondrial gene sequence of eiders as a means of defining subspecies
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
2005 - 2006
- Fisheries and pollution in the marine environment: impact on seabirds-Marie Curie Fellowship - Dr Jose Arcos
2003 - 2005
- Effects of Changes in Fishery Discarding Rates on Seabird Communities (DISCBIRD)
2002 - 2005
- 2003 - ongoing: Journal of Ornithology
- 1998 - ongoing: Bird Study
- 1988 - 1998: Marine Ecology Progress
- 1988 - 1998: Marine Ornithology
- 1988 - 1998: Colonial Waterbirds
Grant Advisory Board
- 2010 - 2010: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) - WKSAN Benchmark Assessment of North Sea sandeel stocks
- 2009 - 2009: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) - WKSHORT Benchmark Assessment of short-lived fish
- 2008 - 2010: Scottish Natural Heritage - Scientific Advisory Committee
- 2006 - 2006: DEFRA - Member of review panel for DEFRA research on animal ecology.
- 2004 - 2006: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - Marine Sciences and Technologies Evaluation Panel
- 2002 - 2009: Danish Ministry of Environment & Energy, Marine Ecology Advisory Panel - Chair of International Panel of Experts in Marine Ecology (IAPEME)
- 2002 - 2006: Scottish Executive - ACSSSI (Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest)
- 2001 - 2005: Norwegian Government - Polar Research Grant Evaluation
- 2000 - 2005: Marine Certification Systems - Pollock Evaluation Board, 2000-2003; Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Evaluation Board 2003-2005
- 1999 - 2003: British Trust for Ornithology - Unconventional Marking Techniques Panel
- 1997 - 2001: European Commission Framework V - Evaluator Quality of Life
Invited International Presentations
- 2011: Cape Town, South Africa - Eur-Oceans: Marine birds and their prey
- 2008: Edinburgh, UK - Scottish Natural Heritage Conference on Species Management: Solutions for the 21st Century
- 2007: Hong Kong - Invited public lecture on "Seabird conservation in relation to fisheries and aquaculture", at Hong Kong University,
- 2007: Hong Kong, China - Plenary lecture "Monitoring long term trends in mercury contamination of marine ecosystems" at the 5th International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology
- 2007: Mahe, Seychelles - Seabird-fishery Interactions in the Indian Ocean
- 2006: University of Stockholm, Sweden - Invited research seminar.
- 2006: Alyeska, Alaska - Invited plenary lecture at the Pacific Seabird Group Conference.
- 2006: Cork, Ireland - Invited lecture on Workload models for the Universities of Ireland.
- 2005: Copenhagen, Denmark - Invited keynote speech on environmental priority issues at the EU Council of Energy Ministers High Level European Policy Seminar on Offshore Wind Power.
- 2004: Groningen, Netherlands - Implications of the EU CFP for seabird community stability, University of Groningen
- 2004: Galway, Ireland - Mercury in marine food webs, EUROCEAN 2004 Conference
- 2004: Wellington, New Zealand - Isotopes of C and N as indicators of diet of seabirds, International Conference on Stable Isotopes in Ecological Research
- 2003: Copenhagen, Denmark - Workshop on the ecological impacts of marine wind farms
- 2003: Tallinn, Estonia - Reference points for Ecosystem Management to minimize impacts of fisheries on seabirds and marine mammals, ICES Annual Science Conference
- 2003: Seattle, USA - Invited Bevan Lecturer on Sustainable Fisheries, University of Washington
- 2002: Juneau, Alaska, USA - Workshop on seabird-fishery interactions in the Eastern Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska
- 2002: Beijing, China - Fisheries impacts on food supply to seabirds, symposium paper at International Ornithological Congress
- 2002: Seattle, USA. - Workshop on sustainability of the USA walleye Pollock fishery
- 2001: Melbourne, Australia - workshop at the Howard Florey Institute on mineral deficiencies, osteophagia and bird killing behaviour in herbivores, University of Melbourne
- 2001: Hamburg, Germany - Review paper on seabird interactions with sandeel fisheries, IMPRESS symposium
- 2001: Albury, NSW, Australia - Seminar on seabird-fishery interactions, Charles Sturt University, Albury
Prizes, Awards and Distinctions
- 2008: Royal Society of Edinburgh - Elected Fellow
- 2001: German Ornithological Society, Honorary Fellowship
Professional Learned Society
- 2010 - 2013: British Trust for Ornithology - Member of Council
- 2003 - 2006: ICES - Regional Ecosystem Study Group
- 2002 - 2006: International Ornithological Congress - Seabird Ecology Standing Committee
- 2002 - 2006: ICES Seabird Ecology Working Group - Chair
- 1999 - 2003: ICES - Study Group on Sandeel Management
- 1996 - 2002: International Ornithological Congress - Applied Ornithology, Standing Committee
- 1996 - 2002: International Ornithological Congress - Birds as Indicators of Environmental Change Study Group, Chair
- 1972 - ongoing: British Ecological Society - Member
- 1967 - ongoing: British Ornithologists Union - Member
- 2006 - 2007: Leverhulme Research Fellowship
- 2006 - 2007: Leverhulme Research Fellowship
- 2001 - ongoing: German Ornithological Society Honorary Fellowship
- 1998 - 2000: International Fishmeal and Oil Manufacturers Association (IFOMA)