Meet The Team
Fiona Mathews, Chair
Fiona has been Chair since 2015 and is also Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sussex. She researches a wide range of species, but has a particular interest in bats.
Kate has been a member of the Mammal Society since 1999 and has sat on Council previously with several roles. She is founder of Cornwall Mammal Group and sits on both the Cornwall and Devon Mammal Group committees. Her working background was with the Wildlife Trusts, but for the last 10 years she has been an ecologist at South West Water, with a new focus on invasive species.
Rodger Pressland, Honorary Treasurer
Rodger is a member of the Chartered Institute of Managements Accountants, with experience gained in the accountancy profession; commercial, NHS and Charity sectors. He holds a diploma in Charity Accounting, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an MSc, in Charity Accounting and Financial Management, from the Cass Business School, City University London. He plans to keep us on track financially and use his charity sector expertise to help further the society’s aims generally.
Paul Chanin, President
Paul has been a member of the Society since he was a teenager, his interest in mammals sparked by reading the first edition of its Handbook. He is now semi-retired after careers as a University lecturer and then as an ecological consultant, specialising in mammals, particularly otters, dormice and badgers.
Richard Shore, Chair of Science Advisory Committee
Richard’s research centres on studying the exposure and effects of pollutants, biocides and pesticides in wild birds and mammals. He is the Science Area Head for Pollution at NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and is based at CEH’s Lancaster site. He has been a member of the Mammal Society for over 30 years and is a past Council Member, Conference Secretary and Vice-Chair.
John is Emeritus Professor of Ecology, Queen Mary University of London with interests in the behaviour, ecology, welfare and management of mammals, particularly mice, voles, shrews, squirrels and beavers. He has been a member of the Society for over 50 years and is a past Council Member, Honorary Secretary and Conference Secretary. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Mammal Communications.
Kate has been a previous Council member of The Mammal Society, serving a term as Honorary Secretary from 2008 to 2014. She lives and works in the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia, where she is co-director of Cambrian Ecology Ltd, an ecological consultancy working across North and Mid Wales. Along with her colleagues, she set up and ran the Snowdonia Mammal Group (now North Wales Mammal Group) for several years, before passing on the baton to a new committee. Kate’s main ecological interest is in mammals and she has been involved in a number of research projects voluntarily, both at home and abroad. She looks forward to continuing her support of the Society in the new role of Conference Organiser.
After 17 years as a member of the Mammal Society, this is Pam’s first term as a Council member, having been elected in 2015, and she also serves on the Training Committee. Pam lives in Kent and has been the chair of the Kent Mammal Group since 2012, as well as taking an active volunteer role in the Kent Bat Group. Working as a lecturer at Hadlow College, she leads the programme for BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity and has a special interest in the applications of hand-held thermal imaging cameras to dormouse monitoring and bat surveying.
Anthony Caravaggi is a conservation biologist who is working to improve the Society’s connection with student members. He received his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast where he studied the impacts of the non-native European (brown) hare on the native Irish hare. He has considerable experience of research focussed on UK mammals, and is extremely passionate about science, conservation, science communication, and outreach.
Derek is the founder chair of the Staffordshire mammal group, which was established in 2000. He has spent 37 years watching otters at Leighton Moss and elsewhere. He is co-ordinating the Mammal Society’s UK Atlas project.
Merryl is a researcher at Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Director and Principal Ecologist at Spires Ecology, Chair of the Oxfordshire Mammal Group. Her work focuses on protected UK mammals, in particular water voles, and in bridging the gap between research and the practical application of results in real situations.
Dr Graham Smith
Graham is a Lead Scientist for the National Wildlife Management Centre (NWMC) at York, which is part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), an executive agency of Defra. He completed undergraduate study at Aberdeen University and a PhD at Bristol University looking at urban foxes and the potential control of rabies by developing a simulation model. In addition to foxes and rabies, his research has covered diseases (e.g. badgers and bovine TB, bat rabies, fox parasites), population management (e.g. rabbits) and even honey bees, Asian hornets and non-native species control.
Graham has been a member of the Mammal Society since 1985, where, having spent a few years editing Short Communications in the early 2000s, he is now on the editorial board of Mammal Review and is a current member of the Science Advisory Committee.
Training Officer – Jackie Wells
Jackie organises our training and events. Being an outdoors person, she enjoys the practical side of ecology. Jackie is also currently studying part-time for an MSc in Environmental Conservation at Greenwich University.
Rina manages our communications and press work and can help with general enquiries. She also assists with the organisation of scientific symposium and conferences. Rina is currently studying towards a Natural Sciences degree with the Open University and is particularly focused on mammalian biology, biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Scientific Officer – Laura Kubasiewicz
Following a PhD on pine martens in Scotland, Laura is now reviewing the population status of British Mammals for the Society.