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A native of Stirlingshire, Steven has always had a keen interest in the environment forged through wild camping and fishing trips with his parents. As soon as he could drive, Steven was off exploring the wild lands and islands of Scotland. This fascination with nature, the complexity of systems, and the ways people interact with ecosystems compelled Steven to take an undergraduate degree in Environmental Management then an MSc in Environmental Science. The research element of these degrees provided Steven with a taste for further study and he read for a PhD in sustainable rural development at Glasgow University, successfully completing in 2007. The Outer Hebrides hold a special place in his heart having spent many of his summer holidays as a young man exploring this chain of inspiring, rugged and ecologically rich islands. He has researched a diversity of topics including the population ecology of cockles in the Outer Hebrides, the impacts of non-native invasive plants on indigenous species, long distance walking routes, agritourism, ecotourism and the impacts of climate change on tourism. He has helped to develop the world’s first postgraduate degree in Applied Carbon Management at Glasgow University where he is Programme Director. He also teaches on the Environmental Stewardship undergraduate programme at the University. Steven is keen fisherman, hill walker and also enjoys canoeing. He lives in Scotland’s highest village with his partner Elaine and two children, Ruairidh and Eilidh.