Ian Fergusson

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Ian Kenneth Fergusson (b. 1965, Stockton-on-Tees, England, UK) is BBC Weather Presenter, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and a Chartered Biologist specialising on sharks, especially species inhabiting the Mediterranean Sea.

Fergusson works for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) presenting TV weather on regional TV news programme BBC Points West, BBC Local Radio and forecasting for BBC's Formula One multimedia coverage. He maintains a dedicated Twitter feed throughout each F1 race weekend, providing circuit-specific forecasts (@fergieweather). He was presenter for two BBC ONE documentaries - "Wild Weather" - in 2011 and 2013. In 2013, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS).

He has authored or co-authored a number of papers in marine biological science journals since 1993. Much of his research has focussed on biology of the great white shark in Mediterranean and north-eastern Atlantic waters.[1]

A dedicated marine conservationist, Fergusson was a founding trustee, inaugural chairman and now a patron of the Shark Trust, a wildlife charity formed in 1997 and based in Plymouth, UK. Since 1994, he has served as a member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Shark Specialist Group, assisting with preparation of Red List status accounts. He is professionally qualified as a Chartered Biologist (CBiol) and member (MRSB) of the Royal Society of Biology. He has authored or co-authored a number of papers in marine biological science journals since 1993, with much of his research focused on biology of the great white shark in Mediterranean and north-eastern Atlantic waters.[2]

He has worked on and appeared in various TV documentaries about sharks since the early 1990s and is credited as scientific advisor for the Emmy-awarded 1995 production Great White Shark: A Wildlife Special, co-produced by the BBC with National Geographic.[3]

In 2007 Fergusson won a Craft Award for camerawork from the Royal Television Society in Bristol[4] and was a nominee for the same category in 2006.

With a longstanding interest in Formula One motor-racing, he is a supporter of 2008 F1 World Champion & Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. A keen electric bass guitarist since age of 13, Fergusson cites his key influence as the late Chic bassist, Bernard Edwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Various published papers are listed online at http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?q=ian+fergusson+mediterranean+research&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&oi=scholart
  2. ^ Various published papers are listed online at http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?q=ian+fergusson+mediterranean+research&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&oi=scholart
  3. ^ Details via the Internet Movie Database at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274537/fullcredits
  4. ^ Royal Television Society, West of England Awards 2007, categories and winners listed at http://www.rts.org.uk/Info_page_two_pic_2_det.asp?art_id=7346&sec_id=3620