Anthony Fox, Professor, D.Sc.



Anthony David Fox has been obsessing about birds since the mid-1960s. After a BSc and a PhD at Aberystwyth University, mostly obtained wading up to his knees in quaking peat on one of Europe’s finest raised bogs, he worked for the government nature conservation statutory body throughout Wales and in the Highlands of Scotland until 1986. The experience of two expeditions to Greenland in 1979 and 1984 convinced him to return to waterbird research at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust based at Slimbridge in a government funded research position, where he eventually became Head of Research in 1992. He is now Professor of Waterbird Ecology at Aarhus University, Denmark (where he has been resident since 1993) and Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy Sciences in Beijing (since 2008, where he works extensively in the Yangtze River floodplain). He feels deeply privileged to have the good fortune to have had such a long and exciting career in applied avian research, tackling diverse issues such as the effects of agriculture, climate change, renewable energy, recreational disturbance and hunting on waterbird populations. He places emphasis upon active research that supports conservation management actions, not least through long-term studies of the Greenland White-fronted Goose, a common feature of his professional life since student days. Despite a deep love of waterbirds, he remains easily distracted by all bird species and in recent years been involved with catching Spotted Crakes, Swifts, Black Woodpeckers, Starlings and House Martins, while remaining fascinated by his beloved Bullfinches. Professor was external examiner for 26 PhD. students in Australia, Denmark, Canada, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Great Britain, South Africa and Sweden, a D.Sc. student in France and has examined a large number of M.Sc. and B.Sc. projects, mostly within Denmark. He was the former Danish government representative on (i) European Commission DGXI Ornis Committee Scientific Working Group, (ii) the Scientific Council of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, (iii) International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Working Group on Seabird Ecology and (iv) European Sea Birds at Sea group as well as a Trustee and Council Member of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and British Trust for Ornithology in the United Kingdom for the five-year terms for which he was voted and chairperson of BTO 2014-2017. He is a member of the Steering Committee for bird ringing activity in Denmark, based at the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen and served on the Research Committee of the Department of Bioscience, University of Aarhus, 2014-2017. He was also a former member of the Meetings Committee of the British Ornithologists’ Union and of the Ringing and Scientific Advisory Committees of the British Trust for Ornithology.