Current Board Members (as of December 2016):
Sarah A. Corbet, ScD
David Streeter, MBE, FIB IOL
Jim Flegg, OBE, FIH ORT
Prof. Jonathan Silvertown
Prof. Brian Short
Sarah has been a series Editor of the Naturalists’ Handbooks, including authorship of Solitary Wasps (with Peter Yeo) (1983), Bumblebees (with Oliver Prys-Jones) (1987) and Insects, Plants and Microclimate (with D. M. Unwin) (1991). Sarah was Lecturer in both the Department of Applied Biology and later in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge until she retired in 1999.
Jim is a British ornithologist and writer on bird-related matters. Jim is also a former director of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). He joined the Rochester and District Natural History Society as a junior member and became president of Kent Ornithological Society in 1977. He has been a national household name due to his role as presenter on the Coastal Ways and Country Waystelevision programmes, and among his many books are the Photographic Field Guide: Birds of Australia (2002), Green Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe (2001) and Collins Gem Birds (1994).
David is Emeritus Reader in Ecology in the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sussex, where he was Dean from 1984–1989. David has served on the council of the Botanical Society of the British Isles and as chairman of its Conservation Committee and he is president of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. His publications include the recently published 2nd edition of the Collins Wild Flower Guide (2016).
Jonathan’s research broadly covers plant population biology, including population dynamics, life history evolution, evolutionary ecology and community ecology. He is especially interested in the interface between ecology and evolution in plants. His books include An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds (2010), Introduction to Plant Population Biology (2001) and Plant Life Histories: Ecology, Phylogeny and Evolution (1997).
Brian is Emeritus Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Sussex, where he has served as a Dean (1995–2000) and Head of the Department of Geography (2001–2004). His interests focus around the intersections between rural landscape and society, with particular reference to England from the 18th century onward. He is President of the Sussex Record Society, a member of the Advisory Board of Landscape History and author of more than 80 publications, including England’s Landscape: the South East (2006) and The Battle of the Fields: rural community and authority in Britain during the Second World War (2014).