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Ecological Sciences

Ecological Sciences (ES) is a multi-disciplinary collective of over 56 researchers with a unique breadth of scientific expertise, skills and knowledge in the ecology, physiology and systematics of microbes, lichens, fungi, plants, invertebrates and mammals. Our dynamic department maintains a large post-graduate cohort of >100 PhD students who are affiliated with universities around the world.

Our science tackles spatial scales from soil microbial gene expression to biodiversity and landscape ecology. Our research aims to improve the management, conservation and restoration of organisms, biodiversity and ecosystems in managed and native habitats around the world. Our outreach engages with farmers, advisors and Governments in Scotland, across Europe, Africa, South America and Asia as well as international bodies including UNEP and IPCC.

One of our big challenges is the integration of ecological and biological knowledge into decision-making around the sustainable use of natural capital to balance societal demands for food, water and energy with a secure environment for future generations. As such, we work closely with social scientists, economists and other natural scientists within the Hutton and beyond on sustainable management of ecosystems, biodiversity and ecosystem services and the value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society.

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For further information about the group please contact the Ecological Sciences Department Head: Rob Brooker (email)


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.