Dr Simon Dowell

Associate Dean, Strategy & Development

Simon joined the Faculty as Associate Dean for Strategy & Development in July 2013.

The Associate Dean Strategy & Development (ADSD) is responsible for day-to-day leadership and management of the Faculty, coordinating strategic development and deputising for the PVC/Dean where necessary. A particular focus of the ADSD’s activities includes business and partnership development for the faculty.

Simon’s academic background is in Zoology and Conservation Ecology. After a first degree in biological sciences at the University of Exeter he came to Oxford to do his PhD in game-bird behaviour at Wolfson College. This was funded by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust who employed him as a research biologist until 1992 when Simon moved Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to take up a lectureship in Conservation Ecology.

At LJMU he led the Countryside Management and Wildlife Conservation degree programmes and then progressed to Deputy Director and then Director of the School of Biological & Earth Sciences. In 2008 Simon took on a new role at LJMU as Head of International Affairs for the Faculty of Science which included the development of new academic partnerships with HEIs in Malaysia and Thailand for a variety of science programmes including Biology, Pharmacy and Sports Science.

Simon’s recent research is in wildlife conservation. In the 1990s, Simon was involved in the production of Conservation Action Plans for Gallinaceous birds, working with the IUCN Species Specialist Groups. He entered into collaboration with the Sichuan Forest Department in China in order to rescue one of the world’s most endangered Galliforms, the Sichuan Hill-partridge.

This led to the establishment of the Sichuan Forest Biodiversity Project, a long-term conservation project supported and funded by Chester Zoo as part of their conservation outreach programme for China. Research has focused on evidence-based conservation management of wildlife habitats and exploring sustainable alternatives to forest exploitation by local communities.

The project has supported the development of four forest nature reserves in the mountains of southern Sichuan province which are home to Giant and Red Pandas as well as a huge variety of birds, amphibians, plants and insects. Simon also collaborates with the Conservation Ecology Research Group at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand where he is co-supervisor of a PhD student.

Simon was a trustee at the Cheshire Wildlife Trust between 2004 and 2008 and he is currently a trustee at Chester Zoo where he chairs their Conservation & Education Committee.

Selected Publications

Fu, Y-Q., Dowell, S.D., Zheng, Z.W. 2012. The application of temperature data loggers for remotely monitoring the nests of Emei Shan Liocichla (Liocichla omeiensis). Zoological Science 29(6): 373 - 376.

Fu, Y-Q., Dowell, S.D., Zheng, Z-W. 2011. Breeding ecology of the Emei Shan Liocichla (Liocichla omeiensis). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(4): 748 – 754.

Dai, B., Dowell, S.D., Garson, P.J. and He, F.Q. 2009. Habitat utilisation by the threatened Sichuan Partridge Arborophila rufipectus: Consequences for managing newly protected areas in southern China. Bird Conservation International 19: 1-12.

Dowell, S.D., Dai, B., Martins, R.P. and Williams, R.S.R.  1999. Sustainable management to prevent extinction: The case of the Sichuan Hill-partridge.  Ostrich 69: CD Rom Format.

McGowan, P.J.K., Dekker, R.W.J.R., Dowell, S.D. and Garson, P.J.  1998.  The making of conservation action plans for the Galliformes.  Bird Conservation International 8: 173-184.

McGowan, P.J.K., Dowell, S.D., Carroll, J.P. and Aebischer, N.J.  1995.  Partridges, Quails, Francolins, Snowcocks and Guineafowl: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan.  IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Simon Dowell


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