Samantha Ralston-Paton

Birds and Renewable Energy Project Manager, BirdLife South Africa

Samantha Ralston-Paton (Sam) is BirdLife South Africa’s Birds and Renewable Energy Project Manager, a position Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking has sponsored since it the project’s inception in 2012. Sam works with consulting bird specialists, ornithologists, environmental assessment practitioners, government, and the renewable energy industry to help ensure that the impacts of renewable energy on birds and their habitats are understood and minimised. She has co-authored a number of scientific papers and guidelines on the topic, including the first national-scale review of the impacts wind energy facilities on birds in South Africa. She has an MSc degree in Conservation Biology and over 15 years’ experience in the field of integrated environmental management.