Head & Principal Ecologist
David is responsible for the strategic development of BTO’s monitoring programme and associated research, is the main contact for biodiversity indicators, surveys of taxa other than birds, and for conservation initiatives such as BAP and Birds of Conservation Concern.
Interests & Responsibilities
- Senior investigator with extensive experience in the analysis and interpretation of biological data.
- Represents BTO on a range of scientific and statutory committees related to bird and mammal conservation.
- Interested in capacity building and development of monitoring programmes for birds and other taxa in the UK and internationally, particularly in Europe.
- Committed to an evidence-based approach to tackling a range of conservation issues.
- Experience leading a team of researchers on projects related to bird conservation, temporal and spatial variation in bird abundance and distribution and the development of analytical methods.
- Development of bird indicators in the UK and in Europe.
- Previously, researcher on the ecology and behaviour of seabirds in Canada and cuckoo hosts in the UK and Africa, currently investigating effects of pollutants on migratory waders in North America.
European Bird Census Council (EBCC) – Delegate, and Observer on Executive Committee Tracking Mammals Partnership
QualificationsBSc Guelph University, Canada. MSc Queen’s University, Canada. PhD University of Cambridge, UK.
Gaston, A.J., Chapdelaine, G. & Noble, D.G. 1983. The growth of Thick-billed Murre chicks at colonies in Hudson Strait: inter- and intra-colony variation. Canadian Journal of Zoology 61 (part 11) : 2 465-2 475 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1139/z83-327)
Recent BTO Publications
Content Related to David Noble
APEP 4 - Population estimates of birds in Great Britain and the United Kingdom
A summary of the fourth report by the Avian Population Estimates Panel, presenting population estimates of birds in Great Britain and the United Kingdom.
Unlocking the science to reveal the state of nature
David Noble takes a sober look at the latest State of Nature Report.
Breeding Peregrines on the up thanks to growth of lowland populations
The return of breeding Peregrines to former haunts, and the colonisation of urban sites such as industrial buildings and cathedrals, has not gone unnoticed by birdwatchers. It is only now, however, with the publication...