Biosphere Research Institute

Our Patron

Professor Seaton Baxter OBE


Seaton was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1939. He has academic qualifications in building technology and philosophy. He worked for 20 years in agricultural research mainly concerned with the design of buildings and equipment for animal welfare, before joining the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in 1983 as Head of the School of Construction Management, Property and Surveying. At the Robert Gordon University he acted as Assistant Principal, Dean and Reader where he established the Centre for Environmental Studies (c1994) and the first ever MSc in Ecological Design. He is currently an Honorary Professor at Dundee University where he heads the Centre for the Study of Natural Design. Seaton has worked with several Scottish environmental NGO’s including the Scottish Environment Link, Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Deeside Forest Advisory Group and was formerly a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his services to Scotland’s Natural Heritage in 1998. He currently lives in Fife, Scotland.