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Ecological Sciences
+44 (0)844 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Glenn Iason is an ecologist with 30 years experience of research, mainly in plant-herbivore interactions. He has experience of work with a broad range of animal species (hares and rabbits, African buffalo, deer, moose and domestic ruminants and invertebrates species) in a range of ecosystems including the Arctic, Boreal forests, moorland, African savanna and agricultural environments.

Glenn is a member of Scottish Natural Heritage's Scientific Advisory Committee and currently has a lead role chairing the Eishken Environmental Restoration Scheme, a 25 year programme to restore biodiversity and cultural heritage in an area of renewable power generation. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management and Wildlife Biology, has been awarded a DSc degree and elected Fellow of the Society of Biology. He chairs the Biodiversity Consultative Group, the main stakeholder knowledge exchange network for Scottish Government-funded biodiversity research.

Current research interests 

Glenn's interests include the role of plant secondary metabolites in species interactions, community and ecosystem function and how variation in PSMs is underpinned by genetic and environmental factors. He aims to apply this knowledge to how the ecology of dominant and foundation species in ecosystems can be used to focus conservation effort and predict system responses to environmental change. He is currently working in native woodland ecosystems but is open to use any system appropriate to answer relevant scientific questions.


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