Defra Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Ian Boyd

Professor Ian Boyd



Professor Ian Boyd is Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

He is currently Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews. Career highlights include:

  • Physiological Ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
  • Science Programme Director with the British Antarctic Survey
  • Director at the Natural Environment Research Council’s Sea Mammal Research Unit
  • Chief Scientist to the Behavioural Response Study for the US Navy
  • Director for the Scottish Oceans Institute
  • acting Director and Chairman with the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

He has received the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London, and the Bruce Medal (awarded once every 4 years) for his research in polar science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Society of Biology.

Defra Chief Scientific Adviser

The Chief Scientific Advisor for Defra:

  • provides Ministerial advice on evidence base to support policy decisions
  • ensures quality and fit-for-purpose science
  • raises the profile of Defra science and manage interface with the public
  • is a member of the Defra Supervisory Board

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