Professor David Macdonald ranked 3rd on Wildlife Power List
Prof. Macdonald, who is Founding Director of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), is placed on the ‘Power List’ just ahead of Sir David Attenborough. Conservationist Jane Goodall tops the list, while broadcaster Chris Packham follows in 2nd place.
The list was compiled by a panel of experts for BBC Wildlife Magazine based on who they believed would have the biggest impact on wildlife in the next decade. As BBC Wildlife editor Matt Swaine explained:
“There are two 13-year-olds on the list, a 16-year-old blogger, a young wildlife broadcaster, as well as street artists, sound recordists, farmers, politicians, rock stars and royalty.”
Professor Macdonald has made an impact as an academic, an author, film-maker, and policy adviser. He has held the positions of Chairman of Defra’s Darwin Initiative and Chairman of Natural England's Science Advisory Committee, influencing policy at home.
In 2010 he was made a CBE for his scientific contributions which famously involved research on foxes and badgers in England and meerkats in the Kalahari, along with species ranging from lions to capybaras, and the iconic Scottish wildcat. His work has also involved the ‘WildCRU Panthers’ programme training students from around the world before sending them back to their countries as agents of change.
Prof. Macdonald gave the concluding remarks at the Earthwatch Debate last October which asked whether now was the time to “rewild” the UK. Click hereto watch the Debate highlights .