The Hon Prof John E Cortes MP, MBE, JP, D.Phil, D.Univ, FLS, C.Biol, M.I. Biol., C.Env.
John Cortes is a Graduate of Royal Holloway College, University of London and Doctor of Philosophy at Magdalen College and the Animal Ecology Research Group, Oxford. He is Beacon professor of the University of Gibraltar and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kingston. In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for his services to Ecology. He was a founder of the Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society and its General Secretary for thirty five years and was for twenty years Director of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens. He was elected into Government and became Minister for Health and the Environment in H.M. Government of Gibraltar in December 2011. He is currently Minister for Education, Environment, Heritage, Energy and Climate Change in HM Government of Gibraltar. His current work includes the development of environmental legislation and governance in Gibraltar. He has worked as a field biologist in southern Europe and North Africa and has published and broadcast widely on natural history and ecology.