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Dr Ross McGregor has more than ten years of experience working on the interactions of seabirds and offshore wind farms as a consultant and statutory advisor.
His role at MacArthur Green is to lead on the delivery of offshore renewable projects.
Ross has worked on a wide variety of offshore wind farms at all stages of their development; from risk assessments of proposed areas in Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) to decommissioning turbines. He has been closely involved in the development of collision risk modelling as part of the steering group for the first offshore specific model in 2012 to managing the development of a new stochastic model for Marine Scotland. Ross has undertaken environmental impact assessment (EIA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisals and Assessment (HRA) for offshore developments from small schemes to very large (400 turbine) proposals. Ross has also completed work for statutory advisors in the UK, including guidance on offshore wind farm survey buffer sizes, development of decision support systems (DSS) to aid communications of advice to government and assessment of designated sites boundaries. He has been an invited expert on several project steering groups including the development of power analysis tools, generic population viability analysis assessment and species sensitivity to disturbance.
In addition to offshore wind farm development, Ross has completed work for local authorities, harbour authorities and the Scottish Government. This has included reviews of the scientific evidence for designated sites (Orkney Islands Council), advice on assessment of a the HRA for a port master plan (Orkney Harbour Authority) and methods for combining impact estimates.
Ross has previously worked for HiDef Aerial Surveying, Natural Power Consultants and Scottish Natural Heritage. He has a PhD in Zoology from the University of St Andrews and a degree in Ecology from the University of Edinburgh.