Meet The Team
Fiona Mathews, Chair
Fiona has been Chair since 2015 and is also Associate Professor of Mammalian Biology at The University of Exeter. She researches a wide range of species, but has a particular interest in bats.
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.
Kate Hills, Hon. Secretary
Chair of the Cornwall Mammal Group, and formerly Chair of Devon Mammal Group, Kate works as an ecologist at South West Water.
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 Section Head for Pollution and Environmental Risk at NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
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.
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.
Training Manager – 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.