Dr Andrew Gosler

Patron

Dr Andrew Gosler is University Research Lecturer in Ornithology and Conservation at Oxford University, holding a joint position in the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology and the Institute of Human Sciences, and is Fellow in Human Sciences at Mansfield College, Oxford. He is Director of EWA, the Ethno-Ornithology World Archive – ewa.ox.ac.uk.

He researched the ecology of birds in Wytham Woods as part of the long-term population study of the Great Tit there for more than 30 years, has been responsible for training more than 50 post-graduate ecologists in ornithological field techniques. He demonstrates bird ringing and other techniques for the BA degree in Biological Sciences, and lectures in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation for the BA degree in Human Sciences.

His teaching has led to an interest in the importance of personal engagement in ecology, in ethno-biology and the decline in natural-history knowledge of the Western community at large, increasingly reflected in an inability of students to name more than one or two native species of plant or animal. His connection with ethno-biology picks up an interest in historical ecology developed during an MSc in Plant Taxonomy (Reading 1981).

He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the British Ornithologists’ Union in 2018 and is an Ordained in the Church of England and a professed member of the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis.

Andy is delighted to be involved in the Wild Project, which aims not only to help introduce children to the wonders of the natural world, but also actively to research how best to do this in a way that tailors an environmental education to the specific needs and capabilities of the child.

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