Chief Scientific Adviser, DEFRA
Ian Boyd is a Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews. He has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for DEFRA. He has been chairman of the Marine Alliance or Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) and was Chief Executive of SMRU Ltd. His research field is in marine ecology with a specialisation in marine mammals and he has gained awards for his research in polar science, zoology and marine science. He led a UK research programme in Antarctica for 14 years, has led several international research projects as chief scientist, and advises the UK Government about issues concerning marine management. He has degrees from the Universities of Aberdeen and Cambridge and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.