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I joined ERI as a PhD research student in 2013, completing this in 2017. I am currently emplolyed as a research technician assisting with a variety of internal projects and helping with commercial work, and am the module leader for a second year undergraduate course (Earth and soil processes). Prior to joining ERI I spent over five years at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh working in the herbarium on the 'Global Types Initiative' to digitise all the type specimens held there (see http://www.rbge.org.uk/science/herbarium/digitisation-of-collections for more information). I also completed my MSc in 'Biodiversity and taxonomy of plants' during this time.

My PhD research was investigating the potential of returning native vegetation to the Dounreay nuclear site on the north coast of Scotland. This included surveys of native vegetation on reference sites, testing potential materials for inclusion in restoration layers - comparing refernce site soils and potential materials (using the AQ2 discrete nutrient analyser and ICP-OES), assessing return of ecological functionality using pitfall traps for comparing invertebrate numbers between reference sites and trial plots (comprised of potential materials), and testing projected plant species distributions - important as part of the site may be exclosed for up to 300 years.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, The University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 20098 Sep 2010

Award Date: 10 Sep 2010

Bachelor of Science, The University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 20031 Jun 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

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  • 24 Citations
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Small-scale field trials identify optimal habitat restoration options on exclosed nuclear sites

Braidwood, D. W., Taggart, M. A., Smith, M., Morgan, G. & Andersen, R., 1 Sep 2020, In : Ecological Engineering. 156, p. 1-14 14 p., 105976.

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  • Spatial smoothing of onshore wind: Implications for strategic development in Scotland

    Commin, A. N., Davidson, M. W. H., Largey, N., Gaffney, P., Braidwood, D. W., Gibb, S. W. & Mcclatchey, J., 1 Oct 2017, In : Energy Policy. 109, p. 36-48 13 p.

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    Werdermann's 'Plantae chilenses' at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Braidwood, D., 7 Nov 2014, In : Edinburgh Journal of Botany. 71, 3, p. 385-406 19 p.

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  • Bioclimatic equilibrium for lichen distributions on disjunct continental landmasses

    Braidwood, D. & Ellis, C., 1 Dec 2012, In : Botany. 90, 12, p. 1316-1325 9 p.

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  • 16 Citations (Scopus)


    Remediation and restoration of ocean exposed cliff-top, in the context of Dounreay (Scotland) nuclear power plant decommissioning

    Author: Braidwood, D., 4 May 2018

    Supervisor: Andersen, R. (Supervisor), Taggart, M. (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)