David is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen where he held a personal chair in Plant and Soil Science for fifteen years (2000-2015). He was Deputy Head of the School of Biological Sciences for nine years and Keeper of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden for five. Previously he was a research scientist at the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen (1984-7) and the Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee (1987-2000), including a Visiting Research Fellowship in Australia in 1996.
A native of St Helens in Lancashire, David studied biology at the University of Manchester and completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield. His main scientific interests are the interactions between plants and their environment, and on their importance to ecology and agriculture. During his career he has published about 100 research papers. For six years he was senior editor of the scientific journal Functional
In recent years David has served on external review panels at universities in England, South Africa and Ireland. He is currently a Trustee of the Macaulay Development Trust and a member of the Kirriemuir Landward West Community Council.
Mr Robinson has been appointed from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018.