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Multi-Land: People

Bangor University

Dr Andy Smith
MULTI-LAND Cluster Leader

Telephone: 01248 382297

Dr Andy Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Forestry and Director of Research at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University. He is also a visiting scientist at NERCs Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor and Forestry Programme Leader at the joint Bangor-CSUFT University Campus, Changsha, China. His research area is forest ecology, forest biogeochemistry and control of GHG emissions. He has expertise in climate change impacts on biogeochemical processes and plant-soil interactions. His work includes studies on the impact of drought, warming and elevated CO2 on plant community dynamics and below-ground ecosystem processes.

Dr Hilary Ford will be joining the Multi-Land team in January as one of the new research fellows based in Bangor. I’m interested in grassland resilience and ecosystem service provision in upland, lowland and coastal areas and am excited to be offered the opportunity to work out just how tree shelterbelts help in mitigating flooding, carbon storage and nutrient retention on Welsh hill slopes.

Dr Lars Markesteijn is a Lecturer in Forest Sciences, and a Sêr Cymru – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Research Fellow at Bangor University, working closely with the Multi-Land Cluster. His research covers Tropical forest ecology, functional ecology, restoration ecology and plant-enemy interactions. Lars is fascinated by biodiversity and thus most of his work is carried out in biologically complex tropical forest ecosystems, where he addresses processes underlying function and co-existence of tropical plants and mechanisms of biodiversity generation and maintenance. Lars takes a special interest in density-dependent mortality or negative density dependence (NDD), as mediated by natural plant enemies, and how this affects regeneration dynamics of tropical plants. Lars also works on physiological plant responses to limiting resources, resource competition, and tolerance to environmental and global change. As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Bangor University and the Multi-Land Cluster, Lars leads the project ‘Plant-soil feedbacks; unearthing the mechanisms of successional tree species turnover in tropical forest’, in Panama.

Dr Jinyang Wang is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Research Fellow at Bangor University. His Fellowship looks at the interactive effects of elevated concentrations of tropospheric ozone, extreme temperatures and fertilizer regimes on the resilience of grassland ecosystems. In the past, Jinyang has done research on carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural systems with collaborators in China and Germany, and on the controlling factors and estimation of soil de-nitrification from terrestrial ecosystems. Much of his work has looked at ways to promote carbon sequestration in soil and minimize losses to the wider environment, as well as to nitrogen use efficiency within cropping systems. His work has influenced the development of new strategies for agricultural management in China.

Prof. John Healey is Professor of Forest Sciences at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, and Director of Research for the College of Natural Sciences, Bangor University. His interests are ecology, management and ecosystem services of forests and agroforestry systems, with particular emphasis on tropical and upland environments. Biodiversity conservation in protection and production forests; invasive woody species. Forest restoration and remediation of degraded and post-industrial land. Sustainable forest management and policy including: climate change mitigation; Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation; reduced impact logging; silviculture; secondary and buffer-zone forest management; community participation; monitoring. Forest ecology including: natural regeneration; resistance and resilience of forests to disturbance; succession; landscape; climate change adaptation. Ecosystem ecology across a range of forest, agroforestry, agricultural and upland land uses: nutrient and carbon cycling; sustainable intensification.

Dr Tim Pagella is interested in agroforestry and farm woodlands; The acquisition and utilisation of local ecological knowledge in natural resource management; Operationalising ecosystem services in local landscapes; soft engineering for reducing flood risk; resilience in degraded systems. Dr Pagella splits his time between lecturing at Bangor (50%) and researching at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Dr Mark Rayment is a Lecturer in Forestry, Bangor University Director of Post-Graduate teaching, and Course Director for MSc Agroforestry, MSc Environmental Forestry and MFor. degrees. His research interests span tropical forest fruits and human nutrition to work with GHG emissions in wetlands, lowland peat and mangrove ecosystems. He specialises in teaching silviculture and research planning and communication at masters level.

Bid Webb is a PhD student based in Bangor researching the impact of shelterbelts and livestock behaviour on landscape hydrology and biogeochemistry. Previous research includes the short-term impact of leaching following land-based application of dairy shed effluent in New Zealand and resolving diffuse pollution in targeted Welsh catchments. Bid has spent the last 14 years working for the Environment Agency/ Natural Resources Wales engaging in ecological monitoring, conservation and agricultural pollution prevention. During this time she also graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol with an MSc in Countryside Conservation and Management.

Aberystwyth University

Dr Christina Marley is Reader of Agriculture at Aberystwyth University. Her research interests include the optimisation of nutrient use from soil to animal products within ruminant livestock systems to reduce reliance on imported feeds and fertilisers and the use of nutrition to improve animal health.

Dr Siân MacKintosh has a BSc and MSc in Equine Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth (now Aberystwyth University) and went onto study pathophysiology of the bovine endometrium through a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College, London, on the Development of 3D Culture Models of epithelial and stromal cells. Following her PhD, she returned to Aberystwyth University to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship studying the effects of cattle nutrition on meat quality. She now looks forward to start her Sêr Cymru Fellowship as part of the Multi-Land Research Cluster.


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