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My background is in forest management, which combines diverse practical experience with ongoing education and professional development. Including a B.Sc (Hons) in Forest and Woodland Management from University of Central Lancashire (Newton Rigg), a Masters in Environmental Law from Nottingham University and a Ph.D in Forestry and ecosystem approaches from Aberdeen University (UHI).  I have also worked in the forest sector in Guatemala, USA, Portugal and Germany, which focused upon the role of forest management in community and urban forestry projects.  I am also a qualified arborist (ISA Cert) with strong links to municipal management, social outreach and enterprise projects.  I joined UHI in 2011 originally as a Ph.D student and have since taken up a full-time researcher position, which includes developing the Wooded Landscapes Research Group.  Additionally I am module leader for Environment Impact Assessment at the Scottish School of Forestry. I coordinate a multiple sector partnership that delivers an annual 'Integrated Land Use' Conference to the diverse range of UHI undergraduates, creating an interactive and participative landscape learning experience.

Research Interests

  • Woodland management practice and stakeholder perceptions of woodland use, integration and potential expansion. 
  • Development of decision support tool that aids land managers assess the socio-economic feasibility of woodfuel production at local scales. 
  • Applied and local interpretations of ecosystem approaches. 
  • Spatial mapping cultural perspectives linked with land use and practice. 
  • Tree health, community stewardship and complex relationships between people and trees within an urban environment.
  • Bringing carbon to communities – role of partnerships in bridging scales and facilitating access to carbon markets  
  • River catchment management - Adaptation social-ecological impacts and legality of river systems
  • Business, education and training opportunities for forest contractors
  • Application of social drivers to forest management and resilience

Research links

Twitter - @Splendidtrees

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Sustainability - Walking the land: Examining an ecosystem approach for private estates through the lens of woodland expansion, University of Edinburgh

1 Nov 20111 Jun 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Master of Laws, Environmental Law - Can trees have personality? Development of legal standing through common law, University of Nottingham

15 Sept 200515 Sept 2006

Award Date: 15 Sept 2006

Bachelor of Science, Forest and Woodland Management (Hons), University of Central Lancashire

15 Sept 200016 Jul 2004

Award Date: 16 Jul 2004

External positions

Forestry Development Intern, German Forest Service - Rhineland-Palatinate

1 Apr 201130 Oct 2011

Research Assistant - Forestry, Virginia Tech

25 Aug 20085 Jan 2010

Researcher Assistant/Site manager, Pijije de Bagaces Capuchin Research Project

1 Mar 200820 Aug 2008

Urban Forest Manager, Trees Atlanta

1 Nov 20061 Mar 2008

Community forest manager/Volunteer coordinator, Parque Ecologica, Nuevo Juventud

26 Dec 20042 Sept 2005

Forest Gardener, Barranco do Estrada (Eco Hotel)

2 Oct 200223 Aug 2003


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • social-ecology in forestry
  • SD Forestry
  • Ecosystem approaches that involve forestry


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