Dr Laurence Jones

Plant Ecologist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Environment Centre Wales
Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW
T: +44 (0)1248 374500
F: +44 (0)1248 362133
E-mail: Dr Laurence Jones

Research interests

I have over 15 years research experience in the fields of ecosystem services, land use change, coastal ecology and air pollution.

My ecosystem services research has included: leading Defra projects developing the Ecosystem Services Approach for valuing air pollution impacts on ecosystem services. I lead a NERC BESS project on the role of diversity of landscapes in ecosystem service delivery. I led a Valuing Nature Network project on stocks, flows and scale in agricultural landscapes. I am workpackage leader developing ecosystem service modelling, mapping and trade-offs on the FP7 ROBIN project in Mesoamerica and Amazonia, and was a PI on the FP6 SENSOR project modelling impacts of land use change on ecosystem services/land-use functions and biodiversity indicators, in which we developed both indicator models and an integration framework for interpretation of environmental, social and economic indicators at EU level.

I am a sand dune specialist, with an interest in climate change and nitrogen impacts on soils, vegetation and hydrology, with a current focus on threatened highly biodiverse dune slack wetlands. I have extensive expertise on nitrogen impacts on nutrient-poor habitats, including sand dunes, acid and calcareous grasslands.

I have contributed to national and international assessments including: co-ordinating lead author on the Coastal Margins chapter of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA), contributing author for 3 other NEA chapters, contributing author to the North Sea region Climate Change Assessment 2014 (NOSCCA), and co-ordinating lead author for the Marine Climate Change (MCCIP) scorecard for coastal margin habitats 2012-13.

I present my scientific research and provide policy advice internationally, including to UN-ECE working groups on effects for Nitrogen and for Ozone, stakeholders in Brussels and Latin America, and nationally to Defra, the Environment Agency, JNCC, Natural Resources Wales, Natural England and the Welsh Assembly. 

I have authored/co-authored 43 papers and book chapters, 49 reports, and have supervised 6 PhDs.


Brief CV

  • 1996-present: Plant ecologist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Bangor research site
  • 1997-2005: Part-time PhD, University of Sheffield
  • 1992-1993: MSc Ecology, University of Bangor    
    1989-1992: BA Honours Combined Studies, University of Newcastle     



Selected publications

See also the NERC Open Research Archive.

Jones, L., Provins, A., Harper-Simmonds, L., Holland, M., Mills, G., Hayes, F., Emmett, B.A., Hall, J., Sheppard, L.J., Smith, R., Sutton, M., Hicks, K., Ashmore, M., Haines-Young, R. (in press). A review and application of the evidence for nitrogen impacts on ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services.

Jones L., Nizam M.S., Reynolds B., Bareham S. and Oxley E.R.B. 2013. Upwind impacts of ammonia from an intensive poultry unit. Environmental Pollution 180, 221-228.

Curreli A., Wallace H., Freeman C., Hollingham M., Stratford C., Johnson H. and Jones L. 2013. Eco-hydrological requirements of dune slack vegetation and the implications of climate change. Science of the Total Environment 443, 910-919.

Ford H, Garbutt A, Jones DL and Jones L. 2012. Impacts of grazing abandonment on ecosystem service provision: Coastal grassland as a model system. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 162, 108– 115.

Phoenix GK, Emmett BA, Britton AJ, Caporn SJM, Dise NB, Helliwell R, Jones L, Leake JR, Leith ID, Sheppard LJ, Sowerby A, Pilkington MG, Rowe EC, Ashmore MR and Power SA 2012.  Impacts of atmospheric nitrogen deposition: responses of multiple plant and soil parameters across contrasting ecosystems in long-term field experiments. Global Change Biology 18(4), 1197-1215.

Jones M.L.M., Angus S., Cooper A., Doody P., Everard M., Garbutt A., Gilchrist P., Hansom G., Nicholls R., Pye K., Ravenscroft N., Rees S., Rhind P. & Whitehouse A. 2011. Coastal margins [chapter 11]. In: UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Understanding nature's value to society. Technical Report. Cambridge, UNEP-WCMC, 411-457.

Jones, M., Norris, D., Hall, J. and Petit, S. 2011. Developing an indicator-modelling approach to forecast changes in nitrogen critical load exceedance across Europe arising from agricultural reform. Ecological Indicators 11 (1), 16-26.

Paracchini, M., Pacini, C., Jones, M.L.M. and Perez-Soba, M., 2011. An aggregation framework to link indicators associated with multifunctional land use to the stakeholder evaluation of policy options. Ecological Indicators 11 (1), 71-80.

Provoost, S., Jones, M.L.M., Edmondson, S.E. 2011. Changes in landscape and vegetation of coastal dunes in northwest Europe: a review. Journal of Coastal Conservation 15, 207-226.

Everard, M., Jones, L. and Watts, B. 2010. Have we neglected the societal importance of sand dunes? An Ecosystem Services perspective. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20, 476-487.

Plassmann, Katharina, Edwards-Jones, Gareth, Jones, M Laurence M. 2009. The effects of low levels of nitrogen deposition and grazing on dune grassland. Science of the Total Environment, 407 (4). 1391-1404. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.10.012

Jones, M L M, Sowerby, A, Williams, D L, Jones, R E. 2008. Factors controlling soil development in sand dunes: evidence from a coastal dune soil chronosequence. Plant and Soil, 307 (1-2). 219-234. doi:10.107/s11104-008-9601-9