Piran White holds a Personal Chair and is Deputy Head of Department. He has been at York since 1995, when he was first appointed as a Lecturer. He has held visiting research posts at New South Wales Agriculture (Orange, Australia), AgResearch (Lincoln, New Zealand) and the University of Waikato (Hamilton, New Zealand).
Piran is Deputy Director of the NERC-funded Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability Directorate, a £13m research programme on ecosystem services. He was coordinator of the ESRC transdisciplinary seminar series on coastal wetland ecosystem services and he leads the University of York’s involvement in the Australian-based Co-operative Research Centre on Invasive Animals.
He is Editor of Wildlife Research journal, and was formerly an Associate Editor of Journal of Animal Ecology. He has served on research assessment panels for the ESRC and NERC, and has acted as an external advisor for Defra and Natural England.