My background is in the survey and monitoring of agricultural and semi-natural habitats. My current research is focussed on the causes and consequences of long-term environmental change in semi-natural and low-intensity agricultural habitats with special reference to changes in vegetation. At CEH Lancaster I am a member of the Plant-Soil Interactions Group, Operations Manager for the Environmental Change Network (ECN) sites and ECN Site Manager for the Moor House & Upper Teesdale NNR.
Main areas of research include:
- The effects of extensive grazing and burning on upland moorlands and grasslands.
- Interactive effects of air pollution, climate change and land management on semi-natural ecosystems.
- The influence of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity and ecosystem services in lowland heathland habitats.
Over 40 years' experience of long-term environmental monitoring, field survey and assessment of semi-natural ecoystems.
- 2007- Environmental Change Network (ECN) Operations Manager and ECN Site Manager for the Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.
- 2003-2007 Senior Scientific Officer working on the restoration and conservation ecology of semi-natural and disturbed habitats.
- 1992-2002 Higher Scientific Officer working on heathland plant and animal population dynamics, habitat selection and heathland vegetation change.
Leader of teams of staff on survey and assessment projects.
BA Open University (Hons)