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The topic of water research involves staff from across multiple disciplines at the James Hutton Institute who collaborate on Water Related research.  Their work, either as part of our research programme for the Scottish Government or for other research requests. These postings capture some of the outputs of this research.

Water Research at the James Hutton Institute (Research Page)

The topic of water research involves staff from multiple disciplines at the James Hutton Institute who collaborate on Water Related research.  Their work, either as part of our research programme for the Scottish Government o ... Read more

Behaviours in relation to rural diffuse pollution (Research Page)

Significant efforts and resources have been deployed to mitigate rural diffuse pollution through regulatory, guidance and voluntary measures. Despite these ongoing efforts, rural diffuse pollution remains a persisten problem. In S ... Read more

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Research Assistant - Qualitative Methods
alba.juarezbourke@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Alba is a research assistant in qualitative methods working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences research group at the James Hutton Institute.She completed a BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Valencia and an MSc in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Current research interests

Identifying lessons for integrating delivery of water policy goals from international examples. This is funded by the Scottish Government RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021.

Exploring how policy instruments interact to shape the management of soil, water and biodiversity. This is funded by the Scottish Government RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021

Understanding of the role of habitats and biodiversity in the production of ecosystem services, and of the impact of management interventions on ecosystem service flows, within the Scottish Government funded RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021.

Exploring narratives that shape European environmental policies, within the project MAGIC 'Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security', funded by EU H2020.

Evaluating the impact of the Scottish Government funded Community Resilience Development Officer Post.

Past research

Alba’s past interest was in understanding the effect of stakeholder participation in natural resource management on outcomes in ecosystem and in learning processes. For her master’s thesis, Alba examined the involvement of stakeholders in the development of a land-use plan in Doñana, in Spain, through the lens of adaptive co-management.

Bibliography

New report on river restoration and biodiversity launched (News)

A new report on river restoration and biodiversity, published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), describes the importance of rivers in the UK a ... Read more

Exploring International Experiences in Integration (Project)

There have been decades of calls for more integration in water and catchment management.  Many academic and policy documents state that improving integration should aid us in improving water management, particularly to effici ... Read more

MAGIC “Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security" (Project)

MAGIC takes a fresh look at the Europe’s goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and the policies and instruments intended to support these goals. Many issues – including water, energy and food security - are ... Read more

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Catchment Modeller
miriam.glendell@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

I am a catchment scientist interested in a cross-disciplinary understanding of the effects of land use on multiple ecosystem services, including water quality, freshwater biodiversity, soil conservation and carbon management in catchment systems.  My research combines aspects of freshwater biology, hydrology, soil science and biogeochemistry to address key challenges related to the sustainable management of soils and surface water.

Current research interests

Applying and developing catchment and national scale water quality models for nitrogen, phosphorus and faecal indicator organisms.

Developing sediment tracing tools using biomarkers and stable isotopes.

Linking physico-chemical indicators of water quality to ecological status.

Past research

  • ‘Linking the terrestrial and aquatic carbon fluxes at a catchment scale’ – a proof of concept project to develop a methodological framework for quantifying of lateral C fluxes from the terrestrial to the aquatic environments at a catchment scale.
  • ‘Piloting  a cost-effective framework for monitoring soil erosion in England and Wales’ – national pilot study funded by the UK Department of Food, Farming and Rural Affairs
  • ‘Evaluating an ecosystem management approach for improving water quality on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor’ – a national demonstration project to evaluate the effectiveness of natural flood management measures to deliver multiple ecosystem benefits, including flood protection, water quality and carbon stewardship.

Bibliography

  • Glendell, M., (2018) Overview of FIO modelling in Scotland and UK., Internal Report, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2pp.
  • Gair, J.; Glendell, M; Pohle, I., (2018) Emulation of the NIRAMS model., Report to SEPA.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Gimona, A.; Glendell, M.; Yeluripati, J.; Addy, S.; van Hulst, F.; Matthews, K.; Mitchell, R.; Rivington, M., (2018) Climate change, natural capital and adaptation in Scotland’s marginal lands., Report to ClimateXChange, 17pp.
  • Brooker, R.; Paterson E.; Glendell, M.; Ellis, C.; Eastwood, A.; Fraser, F.; Wilkinson, M.; Skuce, P.; Macleod, C.; Carvalho, L.; Fischer, A.; Comerford, D.; Holland, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; McVittie, A., (2017) Report on natural assets theme science day, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2 October 2017., Theme 1 Web pages, 6pp.

MAJI: More Action for Just Initiatives for Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa (Project)

The James Hutton Institute helps to support effective and equitable water management that will be sustainable in the long-term (and in the face of climate change), through its role in supporting a VSO-led project called “&qu ... Read more

Flood inundation modelling (Research Page)

Tarland modelling                         Hydraulic models help to predict where flooding might occur, how s ... Read more

Exploring barriers to natural flood management (Project)

This project aims to provide a better understanding of barriers to the adoption and implementation of natural flood management (NFM) in Scotland.  ... Read more

Review of the economics of sustainable land management measures in drinking water catchments (Project)

Project aim The aim of this project was to review the economics of sustainable land management measures in catchments where abstraction for the provision of drinking water takes place. Funding was provided by CREW (Scotland&rsqu ... Read more

URflood: Outputs (Research Page)

Main outputs from the project: ... Read more

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Flood Risk Management Scientist
mark.wilkinson@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Bibliography

  • Brooker, R.; Paterson E.; Glendell, M.; Ellis, C.; Eastwood, A.; Fraser, F.; Wilkinson, M.; Skuce, P.; Macleod, C.; Carvalho, L.; Fischer, A.; Comerford, D.; Holland, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; McVittie, A., (2017) Report on natural assets theme science day, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2 October 2017., Theme 1 Web pages, 6pp.
  • Wilkinson, M.E.; Wang, C., (2017) A review of spatial (GIS) tools to aid in the placement of measures which disconnect flow pathways in the farmed landscape., RESAS Report.
  • Ngai, R.; Wilkinson, M.; Nisbet, T.; Harvey, R.; Addy, S.; Burgess-Gamble, L.; Rose, S.; Maslen, S.; Nicholson, A.; Page, T; Jonczyk, J.; Quinn, P., (2017) Working with natural processes evidence directory: Appendix 2 - literature review., Project Report, SC150005, Environment Agency, October 2017, Appendix 2, 323pp.
  • Burgess-Gamble, L.; Ngai, R.; Wilkinson, M.; Nisbet, T.; Pontee, N.; Harvey, R.; Kipling, K.; Addy, S.; Rose, S.; Maslen, S.; Jay, H. Nicholson, A.; Page, T.; Jonczyk, J.; Quinn, P., (2017) Working with natural processes evidence directory., Project Report, SC150005, Environment Agency, October 2017, 289pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Wilkinson, M.; Sample, J.; Rear, L.; Hoang-Cong, C.; Novo, P.; Halliday, M., (2017) Water level management in the upper Lunan Water, Angus, Scotland, Report for James Hutton Website, 35pp.
  • Addy, S.; Wilkinson, M.E., (2017) The Bowmont catchment initiative: An assessment of catchment hydrology and Natural Flood Management measures. Four year summary., Scientific Report for Scottish Government, 50pp.
  • Allan, R.; Wilkinson, M.; Dodd, N., (2016) The North Glasgow integrated water management system: a review., Project Report for CREW, CD2015_05, 18pp.
  • McLean, L.; Beevers, L.; Waylen, K.A.; Wright, G.; Wilkinson, M., (2015) Learning from community led flood risk management., CREW Report CD2014-12.
  • Wilkinson, M.; Holstead, K.L.; Hastings, E., (2013) Natural Flood Management in the context of UK reservoir legislation., CREW Report.
  • Holstead, K.L.; Wilkinson, M., (2013) UK and Ireland natural flood management practitioners workshop report., Final Report for CREW, CD2012/23.
  • Quinn, P.F.; Wilkinson, M.E.; Jonczyk, J., (2012) The potential to store flood flow in the rural landscape upstream of Brunton Bridge on the River Ouseburn., Report for the Environment Agency, Tyneside House, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Senior Scientist
marc.stutter@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1224 395162

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

My research aims to understand catchment biogeochemical processes affecting the interactions between landscapes, their management and the resulting impacts on water quality and quantity. My studies involve examining how biological, physical and chemical processes interact to determine the fate and impacts of nutrients and other potential pollutants, such as sediments and particulate bound contaminants.

It is increasingly important that we understand coupled factors of biogeochemistry to allow us to better predict and potentially control catchment processes to our benefit. Coupled nutrient cycling is a central theme to my research and provides a good example of ‘systems thinking’ at a process level.

However, catchment ‘systems thinking’ has to cross multiple scales to involve processes from surface interactions between soils and flowing waters to the decisions that land managers make at field to farm scales, to regional and national policy drivers.

This remains a key challenge in my work as theme leader for Managing Catchments and Coasts to provide the critical fine scale knowledge necessary to inform real world decision making at larger management and regulation scales.

As land use and environmental change pressures accumulate we will be looking increasingly to sound scientific principles of biogeochemistry to help manipulate catchment systems to function more efficiently.

This means learning to enhance natural biogeochemical function or understanding constraints of where to act in catchments to optimise growing demands for biodiversity, farming, energy, places to live and economic gain. Some highlights of my recent and ongoing work are given below.

Understanding and improving water quality

I have sought to link understanding from nutrient and sediment monitoring in catchments with laboratory based experimentation and characterisation of soils, sediments and their reactions with water. This has been targeted to issues such as reducing nutrient losses from farmland and explaining rising DOC concentrations in upland soils.

I use novel combinations of analytical methods to study the dynamics of different nutrient forms (dissolved, particulate and organically-complexed) from sources, transport to in-river cycling. This feeds into the design of diffuse pollution mitigation methods aiming to reduce key sources and interrupt transport pathways.

Through upscaling I have then examined the cumulative effectiveness of these mitigation measures at field and catchment scales including appraisals of costs and other practicalities. My ‘systems biogeochemical approach’ has allowed me to address constraints of mitigation such as pollutant swapping between dissolved nutrient to gas release and between particulate to dissolved nutrient forms.

Managing riparian areas for multiple benefits

My work has shown that we cannot adopt riparian buffer strips to minimise nutrient delivery from farmland to waters without proper consideration of their management. Initial chemical studies showed high P solubility in buffer soils and further biogeochemical exploration then suggested an accelerated turnover of upslope P inputs by microbial processes.

Our improved biogeochemical process knowledge suggests a need for vegetative P mining to offset buffer P accumulation. These studies highlight riparian buffers as a critical interface for attaining multiple benefits for habitat, erosion trapping, bank stabilisation, tree shading and woody debris and wider recreational benefits.

This work aims to show that by coupling bank side and stream channel ecosystem services we can promote a more heterogeneous and resilient system against future coupled stressors of pollution and climate.

Improving phosphorus resource use efficiency

An efficient use of the P resource is crucial to sustaining agricultural production and minimising pollution of waters. My work unites aspects of promoting efficient crop acquisition of applied P, minimising losses from the field edge and recovering beneficial resources such as P from materials previously viewed as ‘wastes’ (such as sewage or anaerobic digestate).

This biogeochemical understanding is working to understand mechanisms such as how crops may compete with soils for sequestered soil P and how waste processing may optimise nutrient recovery. Read more details on the nutrient cycles page.

An improved knowledge of soil phosphorus concentrations is key to better management in matching agronomic inputs to crop requirements to minimise losses such as by soil P leaching. We are doing this with in partnership with the farming community, who are actively taking part in sampling to learn more about this resource. Learn about this project and how to get involved on the farmer led phosphorus sampling page.

Current positions

  • Managing Catchments and Coasts Research Theme Leader.
  • Lead of the Scottish Government’s research theme on Safe and Sustainable Supply Chains for Water and Renewable Energy.
  • Member of the Management Committee for the Dee Catchment Partnership.
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Environmental Quality (2012-15).
  • Associate Guest Editor on special editions for both Science of the Total Environment (2012) and Journal of Environmental Quality (2010).

Active projects

  • Policy delivery projects for SEPA through the Centre of Expertise for Waters: CREW: Factoring ecological significance of P into catchment source methodologies.
  • CREW: Development of Guidelines for Management of Riparian Buffer Strips.
  • 2012-2016: NERC and Scottish Government. The multi-scale response of water quality, biodiversity and C sequestration to coupled macronutrient cycling from source to Sea. Macronutrients Cycles Programme.
  • 2010-2013: NERC. Environmental Virtual Observatory.
  • 2013-2016: BBSRC. Exploiting root exudation of organic acids and phytases to enhance plant utilisation of soil phosphorus.

Current postgraduate students

  • 2010-2013: Will Roberts. Soil management, retention and transport of phosphorus in riparian buffer strips. James Hutton Institute/Lancaster University
  • 2012 - ongoing: Samia Richards. Tracing sources of phosphorus from small point sources in catchments. James Hutton Institute/University of Bangor
  • 2011 - ongoing: Laura Cruickshank. Novel silica, lanthanide complex-doped fluorescent particles as potential soil erosion tracers. James Hutton Institute/Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
  • 2012 - ongoing: Adam Wyness. Influence of sediment characteristics on the transport of pathogens from freshwaters to coasts. James Hutton Institute/University of St Andrews
  • 2012 – ongoing: Joseph Oyesikublakemore. Integrating terrestrial and hydrological-based models to assess gaseous and aquatic C:N fluxes. James Hutton Institute/University of Aberdeen.

Past research

  • 2012: Scottish Natural Heritage. River sensor network.
  • 2011-2013: European Regional Development Fund. INTERREG IVB WaterCAP.
  • 2011: Rannoch Trust. Loch Laidon grazing experiment water quality report.
  • 2010-2011: Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research. Aquatic carbon fluxes from UK peatlands.
  • 2010-2013: NERC Case Studentship. Stream bank management, retention and transport of phosphorus (SMART P).
  • 2009: Environment Agency. Rural SuDS.
  • 2009: JMT. JMT carbon project.
  • 2008-2011: COST Office. COST Action 869 - Nutrient mitigation options.
  • 2007-2009: Scottish Natural Heritage. Climate change, land management and erosion in the organic and organo-mineral soils in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Bibliography

  • Dawson, L.A.; Stutter, M.I.; Cooksley, S.; Sample, J., (2017) Hydropower research., SEFARI Gateway Report, SRP2-11-16.
  • Hough, R.L.; Amponsah, N.; Troldborg, M.; Allan, R.; Stutter, M.I., (2016) Water resource balancing: is a closed loop system possible that enable sustainable rural supplies?, Project Report for CREW, CRW2014_06, 15pp.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Pakeman, R.J.; Stutter, M.I.; Miller, D.R.; Matthews, K.B.; Stott, A., (2016) Strategic Research Programme, Programme 1 Environmental Change, Final Report 2011 to 2016, Report to RESAS.
  • Stutter, M.I.; Allan, R.; Cuthbert, A.; Newman G.; Hopkins, J., (2013) Research into the Innovation assets available to the water and waste water sector in Scotland., Report to Scottish Enterprise.
  • Miller, D.R.; Birnie, R.V.; Dunn, S.M.; Hough, R.L.; Morrice, J.; Roberts, D.; Stutter, M.I.; Sutherland, L-A.; Towers, W., (2013) Review of renewable energy research at the James Hutton Institute., Report to Scottish Government.
  • Baggaley, N.J.; Addy, S.; Hough, R.L.; Loades, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2013) A scoping study into BSI PAS100 compost use to mitigate field and riverbank erosion in Scotland., Contract Report for Zero Waste Scotland, ZWS ORI003-005 PO:538.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Morrice, J.; Miller, D.R.; Hester, A.J.; Stutter, M.I.; Matthews, K.B.; Stott, A., (2013) Strategic Research Programme: Programme 1 Environmental Change, Report for 2012/13., Report to RESAS, 3 May 2013.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Artz, R.R.E.; Birch, A.N.E.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Cummins, R.; Flanigan, S.; Hallet, P.; Irvine, R.J.; Kenyon, W.; Pakeman, R.J., Prager, K.; Slee, B.; Squire, G.; Stutter, M.; Sutherland, L.; Thomson, K.; Towers, W.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Developing agri-environmental measures for the next Scottish Rural Development Programme: a summary of relevant research findings from the James Hutton Institute., Report to the Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division, SRDP Technical Working Group (Agri-Environment), 11pp, 25 June 2012.
  • Jackson-Blake, L.A.; Macleod, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Kenyon, W., (2012) Impacts of climate change on water quantity and quality in the North Sea Region., Report to Interreg IVB on WaterCAP WP3, Activity 1.
  • Jackson-Blake, L.; Kenyon,W.; Macleod, K.; Matthews, K.B.; Stutter, M., (2011) Policy brief on water management: how to find win-win solutions., Policy Briefs for preliminary contact with DG staff in Brussels prior to interviewing.
  • Stutter, M.I.; Baggaley, N.; Barry, C.; Chapman, S.J.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Helliwell, R.C.; Higgins, A.; Howden, N.; Jackson-Blake, L.; Lumsdon, D.G.; Malcolm, I.; Sample, J.; Potts, J.; Worrall, F., (2011) Assessment of the contribution of aquatic carbon fluxes to carbon losses from UK peatlands. Final report, SNIFFER Contract Report ER18, July 2011.
  • Stutter, M.I., (2011) Water quality monitoring consultation for the Loch Laidon cattle grazing experiment., Report to Lord Pearson and the Rannoch Moor Trust, September 2011.
  • Slee, B.; Chapman, S.; Pajot, G.; Stutter, M.I.; Donnelly, D., (2009) A scoping study of the nature and extent of soil carbon reserves and of the actual and potential for carbon sequestration on the John Muir Trust's Skye estates., Report to the John Muir Trust, October 2009, 63pp.
  • Avery, L.M.; Booth, P.; Stutter, M.I.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Langan, S.J., (2009) Rural sustainable drainage systems (SuDS): Technical specification., Environment Agency.
  • Lilly, A.; Birnie, R.V.B; Futter, M.N.; Grieve, I.C.; Higgins, A.; Hough, R.L.; Jones, M.A.; Jordan, C.; Nolan, A.J.; Stutter, M.I.; Towers, W.; Baggaley, N.J., (2009) Climate change, land management and erosion in the organic and organo-mineral soils in Scotland and Northern Ireland., SNH Commissioned Report, No. 325 (ROAME No. F06AC104 - SNIFFER UKCC21).
  • Langan, S.J.; Cooksley, S.L.; Young, M.; Stutter, M.I.; Scougall, F.; Dalziel, A.; Feeney, I., (2007) The management and conservation of the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifer L. in Scottish catchments designated as special areas of conservation or sites of special scientific interest., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No 249 (ROAME No. F05AC607).
  • Stutter, M.I., (2005) 3Dee Vision Lower Tarland burn catchment survey., Aberdeenshire Council and 3Dee Vision Partners.
  • Haygarth, P.; Scholefield, D.; Chadwick, D.; Cardenas, L.; Butler, P.; Shepherd, M.; Goodlass, G.; Withers, P.; Chambers, B.; Lord, E.; Cottrill, B.; Smith, K.; Harris, D.; Ferrier, R.C.; Stutter, M.I.; Carvalho, L.; Anderson, J.; White, P.; et al., (2004) Reviewing the potential for reductions in nitrogen and phosphorus inputs in current farming systems., Contract Report to DEFRA for Contract 105032. 206pp.

Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Senior Catchment Modeller
kit.macleod@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

I am an integrative catchment scientist whose research (Google Scholar profile) is focussed on three nested areas (see Figure 1 below):

Current research interests

PhD student supervision

2012-

Bob Surminski (University of Abertay). Developing and testing geovisualisation approaches for understanding multiple-benefits from Scottish agricultural systems.

2011-

Sabine Peukert (University of Exeter). Impacts of farm-scale ecosystem management on water quality in intensively managed grasslands. NERC CASE.

2009-

Allan Puttock (University of Exeter). Developing an understanding of vegetation change and carbon budgets in semi-arid environments.

Current research projects

RCUK

NUTCAT2050 Hydrology-phosphorus interactions under changing climate and land use overcoming uncertainties and challenges for prediction to 2050

2013-2016 NERC NE/K002392/1. The systems evidence based assessment methodology (SEBAM) that I recently developed and published forms the basis of this project.

wikiRivers- exploiting digital technologies for the effective communication of river water levels

2011-2014 RCUK Digital Economy, DR-PP-RVD. My role in this project is to provide hydrological expertise and to develop an integrative approach that links the natural, social and computer science components for working with stakeholders.

Valuing Nature Network, BRIDGE: From values to decisions

2012 NERC. In addition to be invited to the interdisciplinary VNN workshop. I was involved in the BRIDGE project.  At the start up workshop, I gave an invited overview on ‘Including natural science valuation evidence in decision-making’ and led the natural science break out group. 

Environmental Virtual Observatory (pilot): National scale work package

2010-2013 NERC NE/1002200/1.  Following successful participation at the NERC sandpit, I am working with colleagues at University of Bristol (Freer), University of Reading (Johnes), Durham University (Reaney) and BGS (Bloomfield) to demonstrate the potential of the environmental virtual observatory for national scale modelling of hydrology and associated biogeochemistry. I am also leading demonstration and evaluation of cloud cyber-infrastructure in the Dyfi catchemnt.

EU

WaterCAP: Clustering the results from water and climate related projects (Water, Cluster, Adapt, Promote)

2011-2013 Interreg IVB.  My role was to design a structure to analyse projects and structure workshops based on integrating DPSIR and final ecosystem services in relation to climate change, water quantity and water quality. 

SEPA/ Scottish Government

Water and Renewable Energy Theme: Multiple benefits of water quality and quantity

2011- Scottish Government.  I lead on taking an ecosystem services approach to understand the multiple benefits of the James Hutton Institute catchment science from the plant to catchment scales.

DICE: Developing an interdisciplinary culture of excellence

2012-2014 Scottish Government/James Hutton Institute.  I initiated and lead this mixed methods social science inquiry into how Institute staff are carrying out interdisciplinary research and what are the barriers to greater levels of interdisciplinary working.

Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-20- assessing potential water and soil quality options, their evidence base and potential to deliver multiple benefits research

2013-2013 SEPA/CREW.  I lead this project.  This involves working with a broad range of experts to elicit their opinion on the ability of these measures to deliver multiple benefits.

Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW)

2011- Scottish Government.  As part of the core CREW team I have helped apply for and establish this important science-policy boundary spanning initiative.

Past research

RCUK

SuperGRaSS: Selecting genes for function

2006-2009 BBSRC BB/D011612/1. I initiated and led the writing of this BBSRC responsive mode award. The key to SuperGRaSS was the bringing together of plant scientists, soil scientists and hydrologists to improve our systems understanding of how novel multifunctional grasses can be used to reduce the risk of flooding. 

Achieving Sustainable Catchment Management: Developing integrated approaches and tools to inform future policies

2004-2005 RELU RES-224-25-0081. I was leader of WP7 Achieving Sustainable Catchment Management: spatial data and spatial technologies- progress and scope in developing integrated approaches and tools to inform future policies.

SEPA/ Scottish Government

Applying an ecosystem services approach to the production of the second River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) – identifying indicators of key ecosystem services and pressures

2011-2012 SEPA/CREW. I led this project. This involved working with stakeholders and researchers through one to one sessions and facilitated workshops. I have developed structured facilitation methods based on a conceptual model linking an ecosystem service approach and WFD objectives.   

Defra

GRaSP Grassland Mobilisation of Sediment and Phosphorus

2006-2009 Defra PE0120. I led integrative activities, involving linking experimental work with the modelling for a more ‘systems’ based approach. 

Diffuse Pollution User Manual

2006-2008 Defra ES0203. I helped produced the phosphorus component of a desk based expert assessment to assess the current level of scientific understanding on the effectiveness of a wide range of mitigation measures for phosphorus, nitrogen, faecal indictor organisms and sediment for several model farm systems in the UK.

Bibliography

  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Ferrier, R.C., (2011) Temperate grasslands in catchment systems: the role of scale, connectivity and thresholds in the provision and regulation of water quality and quantity., In: Lemaire, G. & Chabbi, A. (eds.). Grassland Productivity and Ecosystem Services. CAB International, Wallingford, Chapter 24, 229-238. ISBN: 9781845938093
  • Turner, L.; Macleod, K.; Watts, C.; Whalley, R.; Binley, A.; Papadopoulos, T.; O'Donovan, S.; Haygarth, P.; King, J.; Humphreys, M.W., (2010) Dissecting Festulolium chromosome 3 to locate rooting and drought resistance traits., In: Hughe, C. (ed.). Sustainable Use of Genetic Diversity in Forage and Turf Breeding. Springer, The Netherlands, pp471-478.

  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R., (2018) Technical report D7: Overview of web mapping technologies and vector tile data for an outcome-based web application., Technical Report for RESAS deliverable, The James Hutton Institute, 20pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R., (2018) Technical report: progress with developing an outcome-based web application., RESAS Technical Report 1.2.4.3 (D3.6), 18pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Donnelly, D., (2018) Development of a natural asset register data portal: access consultation., Report to RESAS Strategic Research Programme, 1.4.1a (O1.4.1ai Di Consultation Report), 18pp.
  • Brooker, R.; Paterson E.; Glendell, M.; Ellis, C.; Eastwood, A.; Fraser, F.; Wilkinson, M.; Skuce, P.; Macleod, C.; Carvalho, L.; Fischer, A.; Comerford, D.; Holland, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; McVittie, A., (2017) Report on natural assets theme science day, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2 October 2017., Theme 1 Web pages, 6pp.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Van Hulst, F.; MacLeod, C.J.A.; Waylen, K.A., (2017) Monitoring and Evaluation for Ecosystem Management (MEEM) - Comparing theory and documented practice across Europe., Technical Report for Project, November 2017, 96pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brown, A.; Eastwood, A.; Fisher, A.; Gimona, A.; Prager, K.; Irvine, R.J., (2017) Adaptive management evaluation framework., RESAS1.4.3a Deliverable M2.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R., (2017) Summary of research on developing a more integrated approach to land and water management using incentives and regulations for the delivery of multiple benefits: exploring national and regional level stakeholder views and needs., RESAS Research Deliverable.
  • Donnelly, D.; Macleod, C.J.A.; Ibiyemi, A., (2017) Review of existing natural asset registers and literature., Contract Report for RESAS.
  • MacLeod, C.J.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brown, K.M.; Eastwood, A.; Gimona, A.; Prager, K.; Irvine, R.J., (2016) Adaptive management: an overview of the concept and its practical application in the Scottish context., Technical Report for RESAS1.4.3a Deliverable D1, 24pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A., (2016) How can logic modelling improve the planning, monitoring and evaluation of policy measures and wider interventions for multiple benefits?, Report to RESAS deliverable D3:1.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Towers, W.; Squire, G.R.; Hawes, C.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Owen, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.J.A.., (2016) CAP Greening Review, Summary., Scottish Government and The James Hutton Institute Website.
  • Squire, G.R.; Hawes, C.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Towers, W.; Owen, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.J.A.., (2016) CAP Greening Review, Part 4, Expert Panel Review. Views of members of the expert panel on CAP Greening., Scottish Government and The James Hutton Institute Websites.
  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Black, H.I.J.; Squire, G.; McLeod, K.; Hastings, E.; Troldborg, M.; Aalders, I.H.; Towers, W.; Lilly, A.; Brown, I.; Coull, M.C.; Castellazzi, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Baggaley, N.J., (2016) A review of ecosystem service mapping within Scottish Government RESAS-funded research., Report for Scottish Government.
  • Morris, S.; Prager, K.; MacLeod, K., (2015) Working together for better outcomes: learning from different perspectives to improve delivery of solutions to land and natural resource challenges., Briefing Note from Meeting, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh, 26-27 March 2015.
  • Prager, K.; Morris, S.; MacLeod, K.; Currie, M., (2015) Exploring Interdisciplinarity - summary report of DICE at the James Hutton Institute., The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, March 2015, 88pp.
  • Morris, S.; MacLeod, K.; Prager, K.; Currie, M.; Holmes, B.; Waylen, K.A., (2015) Theory and practice of interdisciplinary team based research for understanding socio-ecological systems: review of literature., Report on internal website, March 2014.
  • Akoumianaki, I.; Macleod, C.J.A.; McCreadie, B.; Ibiyemi, A.; Crothers, D.; Forbes, H.; Garft, D.; Field, S.; MacDonald, J., (2014) Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020: Recommendations for targeting support to deliver maximum benefit for the water environment., Crew Report, J203019.
  • Miller, D.G.; Matthews, K.B.; Towers, W.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.J.; Squire, G.; Hawes, C.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.; Owen, J.; Wardell-Johnson, D.H., (2014) CAP Greening Review - Expert panel - Interim results., Technical Report for Policy.
  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Black, H.I.J.; Squire, G.; McLeod, K.; Hastings, E.; Troldborg, M.; Aalders, I.; Towers, W.; Lilly, A.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Brown, I.; Castellazzi, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Baggaley, N.J., (2014) A review of ecosystem service mapping within Scottish Government RESAS funded research., Report for Scottish Government.
  • Jackson-Blake, L.A.; Macleod, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Kenyon, W., (2012) Impacts of climate change on water quantity and quality in the North Sea Region., Report to Interreg IVB on WaterCAP WP3, Activity 1.

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Senior Research Scientist
rachel.helliwell@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

Rachel is currently working with the Water Industry Team at the Scottish Government to develop the Hydro Nation International programme, an initiative geared towards the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030). She is responsible for projects in India and Malawi and currently coordinates a decentralised waste water treatment project, designed with a local community for a rural school in India.

Rachel is particularly interested in co-designing her research with stakeholder groups to ensure it is relevant, fit for purpose and the translation of scientific information is effectively communicated to regulators, policy makers, industry and the general public. She is currently focusing on the development of new initiatives to build capacity in her area of work and ensure a sustainable legacy of projects beyond the period of funding.

As part of her commitment to the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme, Rachel is leading a project on river temperatures in Scotland. The research has shown evidence that Scottish rivers are warming. Increases can be attributed to rising air temperatures in spring, less snow accumulation during winter, and earlier snow melt. A factsheet has been disseminated amongst estate managers, policy makers and regulators, to highlight the root of the problem and demonstrate management options to enhance the resilience of rivers to change. A number of positive actions to keep rivers cools are recommended.

Bibliography

  • Wright, R.F.; Aherne, J.; Bishop, K.; Dillon, P.J.; Erlandsson, M.; Evans, C.D.; Forsius, M.; Hardekopf, D.W.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hruska, J.; Hutchins, M.; Kaste, O.; Kopacek, J.; Kram, P.; Laudon, H.; Moldan, F.; Rogora, M.; Sjoeng, A.M.s.; de Wit, H.A., (2010) Interaction of climate change and acid deposition., In: Kernan, M., Moss, B. & Battarbee, R. W. (eds.). Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Ecosystems: Direct Effects and Interactions with Other Stresses. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, Chapter 7, pp152-179.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Lilly, A.; Bell, J., (2007) Soils of Lochnagar: their development, distribution, properties and influence on surface water chemistry., In: Lochnagar: The Natural History of a Mountain Lake Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research (DPER) (ed. Neil L. Rose). Volume 12, Springer, pp93-120.

  • Helliwell, R.C.; Pagaling, E., (2018) Stockholm Wise List learning journey - pharmaceutical "waste" and carbon emissions., Contract Report, 22pp.
  • Donnelly, D.; Helliwell, R.C.; Bowes, J.; Hallard, M., (2018) An assessment of the performance of the PLUS+ tool to evaluate WFD compliance in Scottish standing waters., Report for RESAS, 26pp.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Gibbs, S., (2017) Review the changing demand on water supplies, the impact of abstraction, the resilience and sustainability of ground water in Malawi., Report for the Evaluation of the Malawi Climate Justice Fund Project, 8pp.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Ferrier, R.C.; Greig, B., (2017) Hydro Nation Commercial Advisory Services - Support structure paper., Report to Scottish Government, 15pp.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Donnelly, D., (2016) Assessment of the capacity of Loch Shiel to accommodate additional inputs of phosphorus without comprising the current WFD /RAG status, Contract Report on behalf of Marine Harvest.
  • Donnelly, D.; Helliwell, R.C., (2016) Loch Garry draft report., Contract Report, 29 August 2016.
  • Donnelly, D.; Helliwell, R.C., (2016) Loch Ness draft report., Contract Report, 21 September 2016.
  • Jackson-Bake, L; Balana, B.; Dunn, S.M.; Helliwell, R.C.: Martin-Ortega, J.; Perni, A.; Slee, B., (2014) Synthesis of work in the River Dee catchment, UK., Deliverable 7.13 of the EU FP7 REFRESH Project.
  • Sarkki, S.; Grunewald, K.; Alados,C.L.; Nijnik,M.; Ficko, A.; Formanek, P.; Malis, F.; Wielgolaski, F.E.; Laine, K.; Skre, O.; Inkeroinen, J.; Miller, D.R.; Brown, I.; Castellazzi, M.; Munoz-Rojas, J.; Helliwell, R.C., (2014) Questionnaire based investigation of stakeholder needs as linked to ecosystem services, governance, and science in European treeline areas., Report of COST Action ES1203 on Enhancing the Resilience Capacity of SENSitive Mountain FORest Ecosystems under Environmental Change (SENSFOR), 6ECST, Brussels, 64pp.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Avery, L.; Conniff, A.; MacNay, D.; Gorman,H., (2013) Reducing pollution from forestry related activities in the Gallloway and Eskdalemuir forests: a review of best management practices to reduce diffuse pollution., CREW Report.
  • Balana, B.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Perni, A.; Slee, B.; Helliwell, R.C.; Jackson-Blake, L.; Cooksley, S.L.; Dunn, S.M., (2013) Cost-effectiveness analysis report for the Dee sub-catchment (Scotland) including analysis of disproportionality, REFRESH PROJECT: Adaptive Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems.
  • Jackson-Blake, L.; Dunn, S.M.; Hershkovitz, Y.; Sample, J.; Helliwell, R.C.; Balana, B., (2013) Biophysical catchment-scale modelling in the River Dee, Scotland, Deliverable 5.3: REFRESH website.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Beesley, L.; Briggs, R.; Cuthbert, A.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hewison, R.L.; Kerr, C.; Leith, I.D.; Owen, I.J.; Potts, J.M.; Newman, G.; Smith, D.; Shephard, L.J.; Sturgeon, F.; Taylor, A.F.S.; White, D.; Williams, A.; Williams, E.; Black, H.I.J., (2013) Testing soil quality indicators., Report to SEPA.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Irvine, R.J., (2013) Towards developing a common understanding of scenarios in research and practice in Scotland., Report to staff at MRP and Scottish Government, 28 January 2013.
  • Rowe, E.C.; Jones, L.; Stevens, C.J.; Vieno, M.; Dore, A.J.; Hall, J.; Sutton, M.; Mills, G.; Evans, C.D.; Helliwell, R.C.; Britton, A.J.; Mitchell, R.J.; Caporn, S.J.; Dise, N.B.; Field, C.; Emmett, B.A., (2013) Measures to evaluate benefits to UK semi-natural habitats of reductions in nitrogen deposition., Final Report on REBEND Project. Defra Tender Reference: AQ0823. CEH Project: NEC04307.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Aherne, J.; MacDougall, G., (2012) Evaluation of the future impact of acid deposition from the proposed Hunterston power station on the status of surface waters in the UK., Final report on behalf of CREW (Centre of Expertise for Waters), Scottish Government, Project No. C203010.
  • Jackson-Blake, L.A.; Dunn, S.M.; Helliwell, R.C., (2012) Strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change on European freshwater ecosystems. Interim report on the biophysical catchment-scale modelling in the River Dee, Scotland., EU FP7 REFRESH Project. Integrated Biophysical Modelling (WP5) Reporting.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Perni, A.; McKee, A.; Helliwell, R.C.; Cooksley, S., (2012) Social and Economic effects of improving water quality in the Loch of Skene and the Leuchar Burn. Sharing local knowledge and views (II)., REFRESH Project: Adaptive strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems. 2nd Dunecht REFRESH Workshop Feedback Leaflet.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Perni, A.; McKee, A.; Helliwell, R.C., (2012) Proceedings of the workshop for informing the disproportionality analysis and flagging the wider benefits of improving water quality in the Loch of Skene and Leuchar Burn sub-catchment, UK., REFRESH Project: Adaptive strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems Tasks 6.4 & 6.5 Interim Report.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Perni, A.; McKee, A.; Helliwell, R.C., (2012) Social and economic effects of improving water quality in the Loch of Skene and the Leuchar Burn. Sharing local knowledge and views (II)., REFRESH Project: Adaptive strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems. 2nd Dunecht REFRESH Workshop summary.

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Principal Researcher in Catchment Management & Water Quality
andy.vinten@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Andy Vinten is a principal catchment scientist, with over 20 years background in applied research in soil and water management. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Agricultural and Forest sciences, and a PhD in soil science, he worked on irrigation and water quality issues in the Volcani Center Israel for four years. Thereafter he was a lecturer and senior lecturer on soil science at Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, and managed a Masters Course in Environmental Protection and Management  for 10 years. He joined the Institute in 2005. 

Current research interests

Andy has worked on modelling and measurement of the transport of pollutants (nitrates, phosphates, micro-organisms, pesticides etc.), for many years and contributed to the growing appreciation of the role that agricultural activities play in contributing to bathing water pollution issues in SW Scotland. 

Recent work includes assessment of cost effectiveness and proportionality of diffuse pollutant mitigation measures. This has shown support for SEPA’s targets for restoration of standing waters to Good Ecological Status, but demonstrates that for many lochs where mitigation is likely to be costly, costs can exceed society’s willingness to pay.

He has also sought to identify the responses of stream benthic microbial communities to aquatic pollution using molecular methods, and carried out modelling on the risk of microbial pollution from livestock influencing human health through bathing water and drinking water pollution; A recent interest is in the development of a new technique, filter fences, for erosion control in the aftermath of potatoes.

On-going and recent projects

Bibliography

  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Thomas, N.; Potts, J.M.; Avery, L.M.; Langan, S.J.; Watson, H.; Cook, Y.; Taylor, C.; Abel, C.; Reid, E.; Singh, B.K., (2011) Comparison of microbial community assays for the assessment of stream biofilm ecology., Journal of Microbiological Methods, 85, 190-198.
  • Balana, B.B.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Slee, B., (2011) A review on cost-effectiveness analysis of agri-environmental measures related to the EU WFD: Key issues, methods, and applications., Ecological Economics, 70, 1021-1031.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2010) Monitoring, modelling and mitigation of P pollution of lochs: cost effective or disproportionate., Scottish Freshwater Group, 84th Meeting, Stirling University, Stirling, 8 April 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Water Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Water Quality Conference, 1st, Leeds University, Leeds, 23-24 June 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Stutter, M.I.; Sample, J.; Dunn, S.; Birkel, C.; Potts, J.; MacDonald, J.; Napier, F.; Jeffrey, W.; Christian, C., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group: Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication, Quebec, Canada, 12-17 September 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; MacDonald, J.; Christian, C., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Water 21, August 2010.
  • Gouriveau, F.; Heal, K.; Stewart, K.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Russell, G., (2010) Constructed farm wetlands: An analysis of costs, benefits and perceptions., Joint SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference 2010, Climate, Water and Soil: Science: Policy and Practice, Edinburgh, 31 March - 1 April 2010.

  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Introduction and overview to Tropical Wetland Management., In: Ioris, A.A.R. (ed.). Tropical Wetland Management: The South-American Pantanal and the International Experience. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Farnham, Surrey, Chapter 1, pp1-6.

  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Spears, B., (2018) Cost-effectiveness of mitigation of sources of P pollution in the Lunan Water catchment: a note on effect of including point sources and internal loch sources of phosphorus along with different sources., Internal report, SEFARI, 4pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Gabriel, M.; Hoang-Cong, C.; Stockan, J., (2018) Could managing water levels of Lunan Water at the outlet to Balgavies Loch help conserve Chapel Mires from eutrophication and loss of biodiversity?, Report for Lunan Catchment Management Group, 15pp.
  • Spezia, L.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2018) A note on the analysis of turbidity data from the Wemyss catchment., Internal Report, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.
  • Brooker, R.; Paterson E.; Glendell, M.; Ellis, C.; Eastwood, A.; Fraser, F.; Wilkinson, M.; Skuce, P.; Macleod, C.; Carvalho, L.; Fischer, A.; Comerford, D.; Holland, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; McVittie, A., (2017) Report on natural assets theme science day, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2 October 2017., Theme 1 Web pages, 6pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Ibiyemi, A., (2017) Interim report on hydraulics modelling using HECRAS 5.0.1., 4th Lunan Catchment Management Group Meeting, 24 October 2017.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Kuhfuss, L.; Shortall, O.; Ibiyemi, A.; Pohle, I.; Gabriel, M.; Gunn, I.; O'Hare, M.; Olszewska, J.; Corrigan, J., (2017) Summary progress report on "Water for all project"., 4th Lunan Catchment Management Group Meeting, 24 October 2017, 10pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Wilkinson, M.; Sample, J.; Rear, L.; Hoang-Cong, C.; Novo, P.; Halliday, M., (2017) Water level management in the upper Lunan Water, Angus, Scotland, Report for James Hutton Website, 35pp.
  • Akoumianaki, I.; Potts, J.; Baggio, A.; Gimona, A.; Spezia, L.; Sample, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacDonald, J., (2016) Developing a method to monitor the rural diffuse pollution plan: Providing a framework for interpreting catchment data., CREW Report, CRW2014/13.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; May, L., (2016) Water ecosystem services in the Loch Leven and Lunan Water catchments., Report of Joint Workshop between Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the James Hutton Institute, Guthrie Village Hall, Angus, 15 September 2016.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Towers, W.; Squire, G.R.; Hawes, C.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Owen, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.J.A.., (2016) CAP Greening Review, Summary., Scottish Government and The James Hutton Institute Website.
  • Squire, G.R.; Hawes, C.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Towers, W.; Owen, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.J.A.., (2016) CAP Greening Review, Part 4, Expert Panel Review. Views of members of the expert panel on CAP Greening., Scottish Government and The James Hutton Institute Websites.
  • Miller, D.G.; Matthews, K.B.; Towers, W.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.J.; Squire, G.; Hawes, C.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.; Owen, J.; Wardell-Johnson, D.H., (2014) CAP Greening Review - Expert panel - Interim results., Technical Report for Policy.
  • Vinten, A.; Sample, J.; Ibeyemi, A.; Balana, B.; Diggins, G., (2014) Development of indicators of the impact of SRDP (2007-2013) measures on water quality and applications at national level and to the Lunan water catchment., Report for Scottish Government as part of sub-contract with rural development company on Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013: Ongoing evaluation activity 2011 to 2013, Objective III Tender reference: RERAD/018/10.
  • Baggaley, N.J.; Addy, S.; Hough, R.L.; Loades, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2013) A scoping study into BSI PAS100 compost use to mitigate field and riverbank erosion in Scotland., Contract Report for Zero Waste Scotland, ZWS ORI003-005 PO:538.
  • Avery, L.; Chilton, S.; Connolly, E.; Cummins, A.; Glenk, K.; Hanley, N.; Hewitt, J.; Kay, D.; McPhail, C.; McRory, E.; McVittie, A.; Oliver, D.; Quilliam, R.; Rabinovici, S.; Rahman, A.; Roberts, S.; Shaikh, S.; Simpson, K.; Stirling, N.; Thairs, T.; Tinch, D.; van Niekerk, M.; Vinten, A.; Watts, B., (2013) Delivering healthy water: building the science-policy interface to protect bathing water quality, Report from Delivering Health Water Workshop 3, Stirling, 9-10 October 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Artz, R.R.E.; Birch, A.N.E.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Cummins, R.; Flanigan, S.; Hallet, P.; Irvine, R.J.; Kenyon, W.; Pakeman, R.J., Prager, K.; Slee, B.; Squire, G.; Stutter, M.; Sutherland, L.; Thomson, K.; Towers, W.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Developing agri-environmental measures for the next Scottish Rural Development Programme: a summary of relevant research findings from the James Hutton Institute., Report to the Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division, SRDP Technical Working Group (Agri-Environment), 11pp, 25 June 2012.
  • Sample, J.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Assessing the effectiveness of SRDP measures: a GIS handbook., Report to Scottish Government Department of Rural Statistics.
  • Oliver, D.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Report on Water of Fail Farmer Focus Group Meeting, 22 February 2012., Final Report, James Hutton Institute and University of Stirling, 24 April 2012.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Oliver, D.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Christen, B.; Jackson-Blake, L.; Macleod, C., (2011) CREW-DP report on workshop on strategies to assess effectiveness of diffuse pollution mitigation policy in Scotland., CREW-DP Workshop Final Report, The James Hutton Institute, 3-4 November 2011.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Abel, C.; Watson, H.; Taylor, A., (2009) Lunan monitored priority catchment project., Annual Report 2008.

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social Researcher
kerry.waylen@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1224 395313

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

Kerry's main ongoing research projects

Her research is motivated by the following research questions:

  • When might it make sense to adopt new concepts and instruments for environmental management? How can we best understand the challenges and consequences of implementing such new concepts, especially those (such as the 'Ecosystem Approach') that encourage a systemic approach to connect multiple issues?
  • How are different knowledges produced and used in collaboration and decision-making for environmental management? If and how do concepts (such as ecosystem services) or tools (such as scenario-planning) influence processes of knowledge co-production, including in science-policy interfaces?
  • How can we better enable stakeholder participation in environmental management, including Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) ?  What are the social and environmental consequences of doing so?

Kerry's expertise includes the following skills for carrying out, managing and communicating research:

  • Qualitative research methods e.g. semi-structured interviews, participant observation, Rapid Rural Appraisal, qualitative thematic analysis using both inductive and deductive approaches.
  • Quantitative research methods e.g. design, deployment and quantiative analysis of paper and online surveys for primary data collection, design and deplyment of systematic reviews and meta-analyses to identify and analyse secondary data
  • Extensive experience in leading design and facilitation of workshops for knowledge exchange and/or research data collection.
  • Skilled in engaging and communicating with varied audiences using varied methods, from short written briefings, longer reports and academic papers, through to videos, oral presentations and blog posts.
  • Expertise in research project management, line management, student supervision, and research ethics.

Kerry currently co-supervises 2 PhD students: Sam Poskitt, who is exploring the potential of scenario-planning to support learning for sustainable development, with Dr Andrew Ainslie at the University of Reading; and Kirsty Holstead, who is building understanding of community water governance, with Dr Shona Russell at the University of St Andrews.

Kerry is a trustee of the Orskov Foundation, a charitable foundation that supports students and communities to develop sustainable land use to support livelihoods in lower-income countries. She is also a research associate of CECHR, the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience at Dundee.   Within the Institute, Kerry is leader of the 'Society Institutions and Governance' sub-group of SEGS, and she also founded the SEGS blog.

Past research

Exploring institutional constraints to adopting more systemic and/or participatory approaches to environmental management:

  • She jointly led research with Kirsty Blackstock to understand the potential and challanges of implementing the Ecosystem Approach, funded by the Scottish Government RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2011-2016.  Click here to visit the webpage of the Ecosystem Approach Review. This work also relates to the ideas of exploring the challenges multi-level governance as noted above, and of communication as noted below.

Analysing processes of knowledge co-production relating to environmental management:

  • Kerry co-led WP2 for the FP7 project ‘SPIRAL’ (Science Policy Interfaces for Research Action and Learning, for biodiversity) Visit the Project website to find out more about this project, and see the EPC paper and Biodiversity and Conservation paper in the list below for academic outputs she led on.
  • Kerry helped design the ESPPI:CREW project, which aims to monitor and evaluate science-policy and practice links for the Scottish Centre of Expertise in Waters, which has been operating since 2011.  She was also involved in CATCH II – which aimed to try to better connect policy, practitioners working in and for integrated catchment management.

Understanding and tackling the challenges faced by conservation initiatives in the 'Global South':

  • COMET-LA was a EU FP7 project on the Community-based Management of Environmental Challenges in Latin America, that ran 2012-2015.  Kerry was part of a small team exploring if and how scenario-planning can assist communities in Latin America to identify and develop sustainable community-based management for their natural resources in the face of climate change and increased competition for the use of natural resources. Visit our short animated youtube video on scenario-planning for more information about what this concept can offer.
  • Since December 2012 Kerry has supported work in Malawi to support villages and district-level planning for integrated natural resource management.  She has provided expertise to two projects lead by VSO.  The first project called "Water Futures: Towards Equitable Resource Strategies" aimed to improve the resilience of Malawian water management, whilst from late 2014 the second project 'MAJI' focuses on how to take account of climate change.  Kerry, together with Julia Martin-Ortega, provides expertise on community engagement on topics of ecosystem services and for co-constructing scenarios of future change.
  • Kerry’s past PhD work at Imperial College London (2006-2009) focused on understanding social factors linked to success in community-based conservation projects, involving fieldwork in Nepal and Kalmykia, Russia, as well as a systematic review of the factors affecting ‘success’ in developing-country community-based conservation projects. The thesis can be downloaded from the Imperial College Conservation Science website.

Prior to working at the James Hutton Institute Kerry's PhD research, carried out at Imperial College London, examined how the combination of individual views, culture and local institutions could significantly influence the outcomes of community-based conservation in developing countries.  In addition to policy-relevant work with NGOs, her prior academic experience included social research into attitudes towards nature resources in Trinidad, as part of an MSc from Imperial College. Her first degree is a MA in Natural Sciences, from Cambridge University.

Bibliography

  • Young, J.; Waylen, K.A.; van den Hove, S.; Watt, A., (2016) SPIRAL Improving science-policy interfaces for biodiversity., In: Martinuzzi, A. & Sedlacko, M. (eds.). Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development. Innovative Tools for Increasing Research Impact and Evidence-Based Policy-Making. Greenleaf Publishing, Saltaire, UK, pp275-290.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Waylen, K.A., (2016) Delivering ecosystem services at a national scale: institutions and governance., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp18-19.
  • Waylen, K.A.; Blackstock, K.L., (2016) Concepts: 'Eco' terminology., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp4-5.
  • Waylen, K.A.; Gearey, B.R.; Blackstock, K.L., (2016) Peatlands and cultural ecosystem services., In: Bonn, A., Allott, T., Evans, M., Joosten, H. & Stoneman, R. (eds.). Peatland Restoration for Ecosystem Services. Ecological Reviews Series, British Ecological Society, Cambridge University Press, Chapter 7, pp114-128.

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Hydromorphologist
stephen.addy@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Steve is a hydromorphologist who is interested in physical processes and forms within river systems.  His background is in physical geography and fluvial geomorphology.  Based at the University of Aberdeen, he gained a BSc degree in geography in 2005 and completed a PhD in fluvial geomorphology in 2009.  The PhD work examined controls on the distribution of channel reach types and tested the effectiveness of an existing channel reach classification system in upland catchments of the upper River Dee catchment, north-east Scotland.

Current research interests

His main current research interests are:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of river restoration at the reach scale in a degraded agricultural stream (Logie Burn, Aberdeenshire) and a large gravel bed river with an altered floodplain (River Dee near Braemar, Aberdeenshire).
  • The effectiveness of natural flood management and coarse sediment measures including novel in-stream wooden structures in upland catchments (Bowmont Water, Scottish Borders).
  • The impacts of hydroelectric power on river geomorphology and the habitats of freshwater pearl mussels and salmonids (River Kerry, Wester Ross).
  • Investigating the geomorphic impact of the 30th of December 2015 'Storm Frank'  flood on the River Dee and the 8th of January 2016 flood on other rivers in Aberdeenshire to help inform sustainable river management.

In addition to this core research, Steve undertakes consultancy work for river restoration and managment assessments where expertise in fluvial geomorphology is required.  In collaboration with the EnviroCentre, he has worked as the principal hydromorphologist on a number of projects for SNH (EU LIFE funded Pearls in Peril project; sites in the River Dee catchment, Aberdeenshire and South Esk catchment, Angus), SEPA (Pow Burn, Angus) and the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership (River Avon, Moray).   

Bibliography

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