Melanie Smith


  • United Kingdom

  • Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus

    IV2 5NA Inverness

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 13 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research expertise

Professional Experience

  • I have over twenty years experience working in tertiary education in the U.K.; lecturing, researcher and senior leadership of research and innovation.
  • My professional career has focused on the development and delivery of research, including creating a research culture and environment in tertiary education.
  • I am an active researcher in ecology and long-term ecology with particular application in rewilding, forest management, juniper ecology, freshwater and wild fisheries management and conservation management, including participation and leadership in European and Research Council projects.
  • Supervision of research students:

Current:      4 FT PhD (Director of Studies)

Completed: 6 PhD, 3 Masters by Research

Supervision of degree and masters research dissertations.

Examined: 2 PhD (external, 1 overseas - Sweden); 5 PhD (internal); 2 MSc Res.


Inverness College, University of Highlands and Islands                                                                                 

2006 - Present   Director of Research and Innovation from April 2019 (prior to this Head of Research)

  • Leadership of research and innovation activity at Inverness College UHI, including research project leadership
  • Working with colleagues across the University of the Highlands and Islands to meet strategic targets, particularly in the areas of teaching-research linkages, REF submission, staff research development and achievement of research degree awarding powers for UHI (achieved 2017).
  • Co-ordinator and lead for UHI Research mentoring programme
  • Chair ICUHI Research and Innovation committee
  • Development and delivery of BSc and MSc level modules in biodiversity and environmental management and natural heritage interpretation using blended learning approaches.

Inverness College UHI                                                                                                                  

10/2003 – 11/2006          Head of Centre for Rural Resource Management               

  • Developed and managed Centre including leadership of 18 staff delivering Tertiary Education in Science, Forestry and Aquaculture, and associated development of research.

Scottish Natural Heritage                                                                                                                                                1/2003 – 6/2003                 Area Officer, Caithness

  • Managed casework arising from activities associated with designated sites

University of Greenwich, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences                    

9/1999 – 12/2002             Senior Lecturer Environmental Science

  • Programme Leader BSc Hons Environmental Science
  • Module leader for several modules within the undergraduate programmes
  • Contributed to programme and module development for MSc Conservation Management
  • Led and contributed to fieldtrips in UK and abroad
  • Developed research in woodland and landscape history

De Montfort University, School of Agriculture                                                                   

8/1994 – 8/1999               Lecturer in Landscape Ecology

  • Contributed towards the development and delivery of BSc Hons. Landscape Ecology
  • Delivered units in HND Environmental Management
  • Delivered NC units in environmental science and ecology
  • Set up and managed Geographical Information Systems Unit undertaking educational and consultancy work in GIS

BBONT Wildlife Trust                                                                                                                   

6/1991 – 10/1991             Project Leader Aylesbury Urban Wildlife Survey

Bucks County Council                                                                                                                   

9/1989 – 6/1991               Assistant to County Landscape Ecologist (Short contracts)                                                                             



Middlesex University

2017 – Present External examiner

MSc Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation in Action

University of Northumbria                                                                                                                                                     2013 – 2015                  External Examiner

BSc Hons Geography and Environmental Science degrees                                                                             

Middlesex University                                                                                                                                                      2004-2008                External Examiner

BSc Biological Sciences

MSc Food Sciences

Job Evaluation Analyst

 Inverness College UHI Job Analyst team.

Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust  

2005 - present   Trustee

Rivers and Fisheries Trusts Scotland (RAFTS)

2013 – Present Trustee

Research links

  • EU COST Action CA15226 Climate-Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions – Vice-Chair|Name:overview

  • EU Horizon 2020 AMBER Adaptive management of barriers in European rivers

Academic Qualifications

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

ILM Level 7 Diploma Executive Coaching and Mentoring – currently studying

Ph.D.The role of vegetation dynamics and human activity in landscape changes through the Holocene in the Lairg area, Sutherland, Scotland. SERC Case studentship with Historic Scotland. Royal Holloway, University of London 1996

BSc Hons. 1st Biology & Geography Royal Holloway, University of London 1996

External positions

External Examiner

2017 → …

External Examiner


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Research Output

  • 13 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Other contribution

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • What is Climate-Smart Forestry? A definition from a multinational collaborative process focused on mountain regions of Europe

    Bowditch, E., Santopouli, G., Binder, F., Del Rio, M., La Porta, N., Kluvankova, T., Linsinki, J., Motta, R., Pach, M., Panzacchi, P., Pretzsch, H., Temperli, C., Tonon, G., Smith, M., Velikova, V., Weatherall, A. & Tognetti, R., 7 May 2020, In : Ecosystem Services. 43, p. 1-13 13 p., 101113.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    21 Downloads (Pure)

    Perception and partnership: Developing forest resilience on private estates

    Bowditch, E., McMorran, R., Bryce, R. & Smith, M., Feb 2019, In : Forest Policy and Economics. 99, C

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    34 Downloads (Pure)

    Microclimate variability and long-term persistence of fragmented woodland

    Davies, A. L., Froyd, C. A., Mcculloch, R. D. & Smith, M., 1 Sep 2017, In : Biological Conservation. 213, Part A, p. 95-105 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    57 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    46 Downloads (Pure)

    Scottish forest and timber technologies sector: skills & training scoping study

    Ambrose-Oji, B., Barron-Majerik, E. & Smith, M., Jun 2015, 104 p. Inverness : Skills Development Scotland.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • 125 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    Volunteers thanked for dedicating more than 107,000 hours

    Melanie Smith


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Aquaculture and anglers urged to work together

    Eric Verspoor & Melanie Smith


    1 item of Media coverage

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    ‘Bigger and better’ salmon fest vow

    Eric Verspoor & Melanie Smith


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Pupils explore genetics in lab

    Melanie Smith


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Leicestershire Police thank volunteers for dedicating 81,000 hours this year

    Melanie Smith


    4 items of Media coverage

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    Hospitality in Adventure Tourism: Being, dwelling, guiding

    Author: Farkić, J., 4 Oct 2018

    Supervisor: Varley, P. (Supervisor), Taylor, S. (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

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


    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)


    Understanding Pedagogic Collaboration in the Online Environment

    Author: Coker, H., 24 May 2017

    Supervisor: Rennie, F. (Supervisor), Davies, G. (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

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


    Walking the land: Examining an ecosystem approach for private estates through the lens of woodland expansion

    Author: Bowditch, E., 2 Aug 2016

    Supervisor: Smith, M. (Supervisor), McMorran, R. (Supervisor) & Price, M. F. (Supervisor)

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


    Adherence to Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises and the Role of Smart Phone Apps

    Author: Stephen, C. & Stephen, K., 22 Jul 2015

    Supervisor: Munoz, S. (Supervisor), Cumming, G. (External person) (Supervisor), Mohammed, A. (External person) (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

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


    Quantitative analysis of active compounds found in Arnica montana and Arnica chamissonis in relation to varied provenance, environmental and agronomic factors.

    Author: Barron-Majerik, E., 3 Jul 2011

    Supervisor: Smith, M. (Supervisor), Martin, P. (Supervisor) & Gray, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

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