Professor Ian Boyd is currently Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews. He is also Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and a member of the Defra Supervisory Board.
His role is to provide Government Ministers with evidence based advice to inform policy decisions and ensure that Defra science is high-quality and fit-for-purpose.
Ian has received the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London and the Bruce Medal for his research in polar science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Society of Biology.
His publications include The effectiveness of a seal scarer at a wild salmon net fishery, Capital and income breeding: the role of food supply and Making science count in Government.