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Prof Sallie Bailey, FICFor

Sallie is Deputy Chief Science Advisor for Scottish Government in the areas of environment, natural resources and agriculture. Her role is to bring scientific evidence to the centre of decision-making in government and to provide oversight and assurance of science capability and activities. In her role she advises Ministers, government officials and government agencies. Sallie has experience working internationally, pan UK and in Scotland across science, evidence-based policy, regulation and delivery all within the spheres of natural resource management, biodiversity and the environment.

Previously, she’s held leadership roles in the UK state forestry sector. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and a Trustee of the Vincent Wildlife Trust. She is also an active member of the British Ecological Society (BES) serving as a BES Ambassador and Policy Committee member. She has an Honorary Professorship at the University of Stirling, affiliated to the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Following her PhD at the University of Nottingham (spatial and woodland ecology & biodiversity) she completed a post-doctorate at the Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University considering biodiversity, forest and agro-forestry ecosystems in Costa Rica, arid ecosystems of Nevada and the Rocky Mountains, Colorado.