Winston “Winks” Emmerson

Community Share Worker – Tool Share, Bike Pool

After having grown up in Zimbabwe, Winks moved to South Africa where he studied Botany and Zoology. After graduating, he initially did research in mariculture (worked on a prawn farm), marine pollution and estuarine ecology and did his PhD in marine biology, before lecturing at Tertiary level at a University in the Cape, RSA. Funding from foundations like CSIR, FRD and the EU supported research on various topics including coral reefs, estuaries and mangrove ecosystems and facilitated comparative work in Mozambique, Tanzania and Australia, which resulted in a raft of publications and a book. In 2004 he emigrated to Scotland where he taught at St Leonards and volunteered with several groups including the Scottish Deer Centre, Transition and Men’s Shed. As an ecologist, he has witnessed huge anthropogenic changes to the planet such as marine pollution, deforestation and coral bleaching, so has become a passionate advocate of sustainability and a low carbon lifestyle.

In his spare time he enjoys playing the pipes, walking, cycling, camping and travelling with his family.