Dr Louise Ross

Dr Louise Ross

Lecturer (Scholarship)

Dr Louise Ross
Dr Louise Ross

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room 2.11 Cruickshank Building
St Machar Drive
AB24 3UL
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2019 - present: Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship), School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

2018 - 2019: Teaching Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

2017 - 2018: Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology

2013 - 2017: Consultant Ecologist, Ilex Ecological Services

2012 - 2013: Plant Ecologist, The James Hutton Institute

2010 - 2011: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen

2007 - 2011: PhD, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

2002 - 2006: Plant Ecologist, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

2000 - 2001: Field Assistant, New Zealand Department of Conservation

1996 - 2000: BSc (Hons) Ecological Sciences, University of Edinburgh


Research Interests

My research focusses on describing, quantifying and interpreting the ways in which plant communities respond to natural and anthropogenic changes in the environment, such as nitrogen deposition, grazing, climate change, succession and invasive species. The results contribute to evidence-based conservation policy and management. 

Plant community ecology

Restoration ecology

Impacts of nitrogen deposition, grazing and climate change on vegetation

Invasive species

Protected areas

Ecosystem services

Vegetation survey methodology

Conservation management in the Scottish uplands


Current Research

  • Mires and Climate (MIRACLE): Towards enhancing functional resilience of fen peatlands, with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Warsaw https://eeagrants.org/project-portal/project/PL12-0082
  • Modelling peatland habitat condition, with Rebekka Artz of The James Hutton Institute
  • Alternative metrics of nitrogen deposition and impact, with Richard Payne of the University of York and Andrea Britton of The James Hutton Institute
  • Understanding determinants of plant invasiveness: a case study on tree mallow, with René van der Wal
  • Drivers of long-term vegetation change in Scotland's native woodlands, with Alison Hester of The James Hutton Institute

Teaching Responsibilities

Nominated for Best Postgraduate Taught Lecturer 2019 (AUSA and the University of Aberdeen Award for Excellence in Teaching)

Level 2: Biological Enhanced Skills Training (lectures and practicals on univariate statistics)

Level 2: Ecology (lectures and practical on community ecology)

Level 3: Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (practicals)

Level 3: Conservation Issues in Scotland field trip, with Steve Redpath

Level 4: Honours Essay supervisor

Level 4: Honours project supervisor

Level 5: Introduction to ecological field research in northern Scotland field trip, with Lesley Lancaster

Level 5: Plant Ecology (field trips, lectures and practicals on analysing vegetation data)

Level 5: Ecology, Conservation and Society (lecture series, course co-ordinator)

Level 5: MSc project supervisor

MSc projects supervised

Daniel Bean (2019) Evaluating the impacts of deer culling on the regeneration zone, Mar Lodge estate, Eastern Cairngorms

Annabel Everard (2019) Native woodland regeneration in the Cairngorms: a comparison of habitat suitability for Scots pine and birch establishment.

Jack Houston (2019) Long-term changes in the vegtetation composition of a native pinewood

Andrew Smith (2019) Evaluating bumblebee visitation preferences in a garden centre to inform bee-friendly planting

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Reviewer for Applied Vegetation Science, Plant Ecology and Diversity, PLoS-ONE, Biodiversity and Conservation, Journal of Vegetation Science

Admin Responsibilities

Personal Tutor

Current PhD students

Noemi Naszarkowski: Wildfire impacts on biodiversity and natural capital