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Dr. Philip Boon, Associate Professor


After graduating with a PhD in freshwater ecology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976, Professor Boon held various positions in academia, including a research fellowship at the Polytechnic of the South Bank in London and a lectureship at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He also founded the scientific journal, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (which he continues to edit) and has written and contributed to numerous academic papers and books.

Professor Boon moved into the field of nature conservation in 1987, heading up freshwater departments at the Nature Conservancy Council and the Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland. He joined Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) when it was formed in 1992 and took up his current role as Head of the Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit in 2011. This involves managing a unit of 40-45 staff who provide advice on a wide range of scientific and technical areas including uplands, peatlands, fresh waters, wetlands, geodiversity, climate change, and biodiversity. He also contributes to the freshwater work of SNH (as well as in the rest of the UK and the EU) especially in areas such as the EC Water Framework Directive, freshwater monitoring and non-native species.


Edited volumes

Maitland, P. S., Boon, P. J. and McLusky, D. S. (Eds) (1994). The Fresh Waters of Scotland: A National Resource of International Significance. John Wiley, Chichester.

Boon, P. J. and Howell, D. L. (Eds) (1997). Freshwater Quality: Defining the Indefinable? The Stationery Office, Edinburgh.

Boon, P. J., Davies, B. R. and Petts, G. E. (Eds) (2000). Global Perspectives on River Conservation: Science, Policy and Practice. John Wiley, Chichester.

Boon, P. J. and Pringle, C. M. (Eds) (2009). Assessing the Conservation Value of Fresh Waters: An International Perspective. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Boon, P. J. and Raven, P. J. (Eds) (2012). River Conservation and Management. John Wiley, Chichester.

Selected chapters in edited volumes

Boon, P. J. (1996). The conservation of fresh waters: temperate experience in a tropical context. In Schiemer, F. and Boland, K. T. (Eds), Perspectives in Tropical Limnology. SPB Academic Publishing, Amsterdam, 333-344.

Boon, P. J., Holmes, N. T. H. Maitland, P. S., Rowell, T. A. and Davies, J. (1997). A system for evaluating rivers for conservation (‘SERCON’): development, structure and function. In Boon, P. J. and Howell, D. L. (Eds), Freshwater Quality: Defining the Indefinable? The Stationery Office, Edinburgh, 299-326.

Boon, P. J. (2000). The development of integrated methods for assessing river conservation value. In Jungwirth, M., Muhar, S. and Schmutz, S. (Eds), Assessing the Integrity of Running Waters. Hydrobiologia 422/423, 413-428.

Boon P. J. and Bean, C. W. (2010). Freshwater non-native species - prevention, control or eradication? In Baxter, J. M. and Galbraith, C. A. (Eds), Species Management: Challenges and Solutions for the 21st Century. The Stationery Office, Edinburgh, 229-246.

Wood, P. J., Gilvear, D. J., Willby, N., Robertson, A. L., Gledhill, T. and Boon, P. J. (2012). Improvements in understanding the contribution of hyporheic zones to biodiversity and ecological functioning of UK rivers. In Boon, P. J. and Raven, P. J. (Eds), River Conservation and Management. John Wiley, Chichester, 159-173.

Selected journal articles

Hastie, L. C., Boon, P. J. and Young, M. R. (2000). Physical microhabitat requirements of freshwater pearl mussels, Margaritifera margaritifera (L.)’. Hydrobiologia, 429, 59-71.

Boon, P. J., Gislason, G. M, Lake, P. S., Ellis, B. K., Frank, C. and Boulton, A. J. (2002). Competition for water: international case studies of river management and conflict resolution. Verhandlungen der Internationalen Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie, 28, 1581-1587.

Boon, P. J. and Lee, A. S. L. (2005). Falling through the cracks: are European directives and international conventions the panacea for freshwater nature conservation? Freshwater Forum, 24, 24-37.

Boon, P. J. (2005). The catchment approach as the scientific basis of river basin management. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Large Rivers Supplement, 16, 29-58.

Boon, P. J., Holmes, N. T. H. and Raven, P. J. (2010). Developing standard approaches for recording and assessing river hydromorphology: the role of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 20, S55-S61.