The University of Aberdeen
School of Biological Sciences.
I retired in 2015 and am no longer supervising research students.
1979 BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Manchester.
Currently (since 2015) Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen
2010-2015 Keeper, Cruickshank Botanic Garden
2000-2015 Professor in Plant and Soil Science, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen (Deputy Head of School 2002-2011).
1987-2000 Senior research scientist, the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee.
1984-1987 Research scientist, the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen.
1983-1984 Research associate, NERC Unit of Comparative Plant Ecology, University of Sheffield.
External Memberships and Affiliations
2016-2019 Lay assistant, Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland
2015 External reviewer, MSci Ecology degree, University of Manchester
2014 External review group member, BA Science degree programme, Trinity College Dublin
2013 Symposium organiser, INTECOL Congress of Ecology, London
2010-2015 Trustee, the Cruickshank Trust.
2009-2012 External examiner, BSc Biology, University of Manchester.
2009 Science review panel member, Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. L-R Steven Chown, DR, Richard Cowling, Dan Simberloff:
- Plant-soil interactions and their importance to ecology and agriculture
- Quantitative biology
Discussing ecosystem carbon cycling with Guangshui Chen (School of Geographical Science, Fujian Normal University, China):
A NERC-funded project: Direct in situ measurement of resource competition by plants along environmental gradients.
...and at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen:
Another NERC-funded project: Environmental drivers of CO2 fluxes from ‘historical’ soil organic matter and the implications for European carbon stocks.
Research Funding and Grants
Between 2000-2015, coordinator of, or contributor to, various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including modules on ecosystem ecology, ecophysiology, statistics, field ecology, critical thinking in science, environmental biology, biodiversity, crop domestication, research methodology.
Ecological Methods field course, Bettyhill, 2011: