Professor Michelle Pinard
Professor in Biological Sciences
Professor, Biological Sciences (2015-present)
Director of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences (2013-present)
Senior Lecturer in Tropical Forestry (2007-2015)
Deputy Director of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences (2011-2013)
Postgraduate Taught Programme Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences (2009-2013)
Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences (2008-2009)
MSc Forestry Programme Coordinator (2001-2012)
Lecturer in Tropical Forestry (1996-2007)
Ph.D., Plant Ecology, Department of Botany, University of Florida, USA, 1995.
M.Sc., Plant Ecology, Department of Botany, University of Florida, USA, 1991.
Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, Eastern Oregon State College, USA, 1985.
B.Sc., Wildlife & Fisheries Biology, University of Vermont, USA, 1982.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
I am the Director of Teaching for the School of Biological Sciences.
- External Memberships
My current external responsibilities include the following:
Trustee for the Scottish Forestry Trust
Subject Editor, Conservation Letters
Subject Editor, Biotropica
UA Representative for the Society of Biology
My research is in the discipline of conservation science but also pedagogic.
My disciplinary research sits at the interface between ecology and forest use, either for management, conservation or livelihoods. I work mainly in lowland and montane regions in the tropics, in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil and Bolivia. I am best known for my work on regeneration issues in logged forests, carbon offsets in forestry, and reduced-impact logging. I also work on silvicultural problems related to the selection of trees for felling and retention in natural forests managed for timber.
My recent PhD students work on conservation conflicts and governance as it relates to livelihoods and natural resource use.
Recently, with colleagues in the Aberdeen Centre for Sustainability and partners in Bolivia and Brazil, we completed a project aimed to understanding how deforestation affects rural people’s well-being. The project involved understanding rural people’s perspective on poverty and exploring how forest loss and current environmental management practice and policies relate to human impoverishment.
My pedagogic research has focused on capacity building of doctoral students and conservation practitioners, the links between learning, interdisciplinarity and natural resource management or conservation. I also have an interest in iterative feedback, inclusive assessments, the delivery and assessment of practical skills in the biological sciences and field-based learning.
Funding and Grants
Shared, Plural and Cultural Values of Ecosystems (with J Kenter (UA) and M Reed (Birmingham City University; DEFRA National Ecosystem Assessment Grant).
Forest dependent poor at the agricultural frontier: the complexity of poverty and the promise of sustainable forest ecosystems in Amazonia (with A Ioris and S Shubin (UA), IBIF, Bolivia, Museo Goeldi, Belem and EMBRAPA, Brazil; Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation Partnership and Project Develoment Grant).
Buffer zone restoration and development in Knuckles Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka (with U Peradeniya, Darwin Initiative).
Biodiversity Monitoring in Forest Ecosystems in Bale Mountains Park, Ethiopia (with BMNP, Darwin Initiative).
Silvicultural intervention in tropical moist forest in Ghana: an assessment of forest responses and stakeholder priorities. Tropenbos Ghana Project. (with E Foli, Forest Research Institute Ghana).
Modelling composition and performance of timber tree regeneration after selective logging. Tropenbos Ghana Project. (with M D Swaine, U Aberden; K Adam, Forest Research Institute Ghana, and F Bongers, Wageningen Agricultural University).
Silviculture and economics of improved natural forest management in Ghana. International Tropical Timber Organization. (with Ghana Forestry Department, Forest Research Institute Ghana, Ghana Timber Millers Organisation).
Rural livelihoods and carbon managementj. Department for International Development, UK. (with S Bass, IIED; P Moura-Costa, Ecosecurities; and R Tipper, U Edinburgh).
Disturbance and regeneration in tropical rain forest: the importance of biotic interactions. British Ecological Society, Overseas Research Programme. (with D Burslem, U Aberdeen; S Compton, U Leeds; J Ghazoul, Imperial College; S Hartley, U Sussex; M Press and J Scholes, U Sheffield).
I am the Director of Teaching for the School of Biological Sciences.
Currently I co-ordinate Ecology, Society and Conservation (EK5510) and Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010). I also teach into Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009), Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BI2018), Ecology (BI2020) and Plants, People and the Environment (BI25P4).
I have supervised 23 PhD students, 40 MSc students and 46 BSc Honours students. Over half of the project students that I have supervised have worked overseas. For a list of the students and projects that I have supervised, look under the Further Info tab.
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Sustaining conservation values in selectively logged tropical forests: the attained and the attainableConservation Letters, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 296-303Contributions to Journals: Articles
Impacts of cardamom cultivation on montane forest ecosystems in Sri LankaForest Ecology and Management, vol. 274, pp. 151-160Contributions to Journals: Articles
High levels of participation in conservation projects enhance learningConservation Letters, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 116-126Contributions to Journals: Articles
Demography and dynamics of mountain nyala Tragelaphus buxtoni in the Bale Mountains National Park, EthiopiaCurrent Zoology, vol. 56, no. 6, pp. 660-669Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Influence of Philosophical Perspectives in Integrative Research: a Conservation Case Study in the Cairngorms National ParkEcology and Society, vol. 13, no. 2, 52Contributions to Journals: Articles
Applying ecological knowledge to decisions about seed tree retention in selective logging in tropical forestsForest Ecology and Management, vol. 256, no. 7, pp. 1434-1442Contributions to Journals: Articles
Improved tropical forest management for carbon retentionPLoS Biology, vol. 6, no. 7, e166Contributions to Journals: Editorials
Wood decay associated with logging wounds in Parashorea malaanonanAustralasian Plant Pathology, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 565-572Contributions to Journals: Articles
Allometry and shade tolerance in pole-sized trees of two contrasting dipterocarp species in Sabah, MalaysiaBiotropica, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 437-440Contributions to Journals: Articles
Colonization of Sitka spruce stumps by decay-causing hymenomycetes in paired inoculations.Mycological Research, vol. 110, pp. 854-868Contributions to Journals: Articles