18 november 2009

Dr Nick Brown elected as next Principal of Linacre


Photo of Nick Brown, next prinicpal of Linacre. Provided by Linacre

Dr Nick Brown, a University Lecturer in Plant Sciences and a Fellow and Senior Tutor at Linacre, has been elected as the next Principal of Linacre College. He will take office on 1 October 2010, following the retirement of Professor Paul Slack.

‘This is a wonderful opportunity to work with the students and Fellows of Linacre College to ensure that the College remains a vibrant and relevant academic community,’ says Dr Brown. ‘Professor Paul Slack will be a very hard act to follow but I am really looking forward to the challenge.’

Dr Brown’s research interests range from the microscopic and local to international policy concerns. He is currently working with the Woodland Trust on a project to assess changes in woodland cover in the UK and also investigating the best methods for restoring ancient semi-natural woodland.

Dr Brown also works with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Post Conflict Assessment Unit to investigate the environmental impacts of conflicts and pre-existing chronic environmental problems. This work has taken him to countries such as Iraq and Rwanda, and he was also a member of a UN task force investigating the environmental impacts of the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami in the Maldives.

Dr Brown chaired the University’s Tutors for Graduates Committee, which represents, and advocates, on behalf of graduate students. He also represented graduate colleges during the Institutional Audit carried out by Quality Assurance Agency.

He is also keen to promote public understanding and engagement with science, and has often featured on BBC Radio 4’s Home Planet