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Professor takes up island outpost

Prof Tony Martin
Prof Tony Martin will take up the post in April

A newly-appointed professor at the University of Dundee will shortly take up his post - almost 8,000 miles away from his employers.

Marine mammal expert Tony Martin will be based on South Atlantic island South Georgia for the next four years.

Prof Martin will oversee a project aiming to aid the recovery of native wildlife on the island.

Only about 20 people, mainly government officials and scientists, currently live on the remote British territory.

The £4.5m scheme will remove invasive species on the island that have been introduced by humans over the past 200 years.

Antarctic research

The team's first target are rodents, who have hit South Georgia's population of breeding seabirds.

Prof Martin will take up his post with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, which is part of the university, in April.

He will be seconded to the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT), also based in Dundee.

Prof Elaine Shemilt, a SGHT trustee, said: "Tony Martin has been carrying out research into Antarctic regions for nearly 10 years, and South Georgia in particular.

"This is the most important island for wildlife and birdlife in the world, and it is vital to restore it to its previous status.

"To do this, we needed somebody, a scientist, with a huge knowledge of South Georgia and we really have got the best man for the job."



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