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Prof John Cortes, BSc, PhD

Prof John Cortes, BSc, PhD Image

University of Gibraltar:

Beacon Professor
Beacon Professor
Institute of Life and Earth Sciences

Research Background

The Hon. Dr John Cortes MP is Minister for the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change, Heritage and Culture, HM Government of Gibraltar. Formerly he was the Director of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens (1991-2011) and General Secretary, Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (1976-2011). His other appointments have included Justice of the Peace and President, Gibraltar Magistrates’ Association (2008-2011).

John has a BSc. (Hons) Botany and Zoology from Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1979, and a D.Phil from Magdalen College and Animal Ecology Research Group, Oxford, 1983. In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for services to ecology and conservation.

Research Interests

Dr Cortes’s research and publications reflect his interests in ornithology, plant and animal ecology, primatology and conservation biology. Special interests invasive species, reptile ecology, cliff ecology, phenology of migration, and ecology and behaviour of Barbary Macaque. John has field experience in Gibraltar, Spain and North Africa (Especially Morocco)

Selected Publications

Cortes, John & Amezian, Mohamed. (2007). Nesting sites of the Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis in North-western Morocco. Gibraltar Bird Report. 6. 51-54.

Cortes, John & Bensusan, Keith & Linares, Leslie & Perez, Charles & Leverton, Theresa & Meldrum, Julia & Pinel, John. (2011). Gibraltar Nature News Summer.

Cortes, John & Finlayson, Clive & Mosquera, M & Garcia, E. (1980). The Birds of Gibraltar.

Cortes, John & Linares, Leslie & Bensusan, Keith & Thompson, Ian & Amezian, Mohamed & Perez, Charles & Hammada, Soumaya. (2007). The Gibraltar connection: a study of plant species that link Gibraltar to the Rif.

Cortes, John & Shaw, Eric. (2006). The Gibraltar Macaques: Management and future.

Cortes, John. (2006). The Gibraltar macaques: Origin, history and demography.

Cortes, John. (2008). The 1997/98 Non-Estuarine Coastal Waterbird Survey in Gibraltar.

Cortes, John. (2010). A House Bunting Emberiza sahari nesting in a palm tree in Tangier, Morocco. Gibraltar Bird Report. 9. 44-45.

Cortes, John. (2020). Section 7: Raising our profile – engaging policy makers and the public.

Selected Publications