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New chief scientist for UK environment department

The UK government department that oversees the environment has appointed a new chief scientific adviser.

Ian Boyd, currently at the University of St Andrews, UK, will replace Bob Watson, a five-year veteran of the role. The chief scientific adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is tasked with giving advice on everything from climate change to animal health.

Boyd is one of the world’s leading marine-mammal researchers and has headed up the Scottish Oceans Institute at St Andrews since 2001. He has featured in a number of Nature News stories, including
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