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Andrea Britton

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Plant Ecologist
andrea.britton@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Andrea Britton is a senior post-doctoral research scientist in the Ecological Sciences Group.

Current research interests

Andrea's primary interests lie in the biodiversity and functioning of upland and especially alpine ecosystems, and the changes occuring in these ecosystems as a result of human influences including pollutant (nitrogen and sulphur) deposition and climate change.

Recent projects have included:

  1. Using long-term re-survey approaches to quantify change in Scottish upland and mountain plant communities and the role of climate change, pollution and grazing impacts in driving change.
  2. A long-term experimental study of the impact of nitrogen addition, climate change, grazing and burning on the vegetation and biogeochemistry of alpine Calluna heath (the Culardoch study).
  3. A UK wide study of the impacts of nitrogen deposition on above and below ground biodiversity and carbon and nitrogen cycling in alpine Racomitrium (moss) heath.
  4. Studies of the potential use of translocation as a tool to conserve populations of alpine lichens in the face of climate change.

Much of Andrea's research is strongly policy relevant or applied, for example contributing to the evidence base underpinning UK air polution policy. Many research projects are carried out in collaboration with government agencies or conservation organisations. Andrea has also supervised a number of PhD students and visiting researchers.

 

Bibliography

  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.; Kyle, C-A.; Abel, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H. (2018) Women in Science., The James Hutton Institute, 25pp.
  • Hester, A.; Ross, L.; Britton, A. (2016) Drivers of long-term biodiversity change - key Scottish habitats in a European context., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 9, pp20-21.
  • Britton, A.; Mitchell, R.; Taylor A. (2016) Cascading effects of nitrogen pollution on biodiversity and ecosystem function in alpine systems., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 10, pp22-23.
  • Mitchell, R.; Hewison, R.; Britton, A.; Pakeman, R.J.; Hester, A. (2016) Long-term changes in Scottish grassland plant communities., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.). Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp4-5.
  • Britton, A.J. (2008) The montane heathland lichen guide., Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen.

  • Britton, A.J.; Ross, L.C. (2018) Towards the development of a nitrogen deposition decision framework for vegetation assessment in Scotland., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No.958, 69pp.
  • Britton, A.J. (2017) Suitability of large-scale data holdings for analysis of driver impacts on soil properties., Unpublished Report, The James Hutton Institute, September 2017, 11pp.
  • Caporn, S.; Field, C.; Payne, R.; Dise, N.; Britton, A.J.; Emmett, B.; Jones, L.; Phoenix, G.; Power, S.; Sheppard, L.; Stevens, C. (2016) Assessing the effects of small increments of atmospheric nitrogen deposition (above the critical load) on semi-natural habitats of conservation importance., Natural England Commissioned Reports Number 210.
  • Jones, L.; Hall, J.; Strachan, I.; Field, C.; Rowe, E.; Stevens, C.J.; Capor, S.J.M.; Mitchell, R.; Britton, A.; Smith, R.; Bealey, B.; Masante, D.; Hewison, R.; Hicks, K. (2015) Developing a decision framework to attribute atmospheric nitrogen deposition as a threat to or cause of unfavourable habitat condition on protected sites 'AND-UP'. Final Report., JNCC Contract Report, February 2015
  • Britton, A.J.; Mitchell, R.J.; Potts, J.M.; Genney, D.R. (2013) Development of a surveillance scheme for priority lichens in Scotland., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.567, 177pp.
  • 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.
  • Demars, B.O.L.; Britton, A.J. (2011) Assessing the impacts of small scale hydroelectric schemes on rare bryophytes and lichens., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No 421, Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverness.
  • Brooker, R.W.; Britton, A.J.; Gimona, A.; Lennon, J.J.; Littlewood, N.A. (2011) Literature review: species translocations as a tool for biodiversity conservation during climate change., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No.440, Inverness.
  • Emmett, B.; Ashmore, M.; Belyazid, S.; Britton, A.; Caporn, S.; Carroll, J.; Davies, O.; Dise, N.; Field, C.; Helliwell, R.C.; Henrys, P.; Hester, A.J.; Hughes, H.; Jones, L.; Kivimaki, S.; Leake, J.; Leith, I.; Maskell, R.; Mills, L.; Mizunuma, T.; Ostle, N.; Phoenix, G.; Pilkington, M.; Pitman, R.; Power, S.; Reynolds, B.; Rowe, E.; Scott, A.; Sheppard, L.; Smart, S.; Sowerby, A.; Tipping, E.; Vanguelova, E.; Vuohelainen, A.; Williams, B.L. (2010) Terrestrial Umbrella - Effects of eutrophication and acidification on terrestrial ecosystems. Annual Report 2010., Annual Contract Report to Defra.
  • Emmett, B.; Ashmore, M.; Belyazid, S.; Britton, A.; Broadmeadow, M.; Caporn, S.; Davies, O.; Dise, N.; Field, C.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hester, A.J.; Hughes, S.; Leake, J.; Leith, I.; Maskell, L.; Mills, R.; Mizunuma, T.; Ostle, N.; Phoenix, G.; Power, S.; Reynolds, B.; Rowe, E.; Scott, A.; Sheppard, L.; Smart, S.; Sowerby, A.; Tipping, E.; Vanguelova, E.; Vuohelainen, A.;Williams, B.P. (2009) Terrestrial Umbrella - Effects of Eutrophication and Acidification on Terrestrial Ecosystems. Annual Report 2009., Annual Contract Report to DEFRA.
  • Black, H.I.J.; Britton, A.J.; Helliwell, R.C.; Langan, S.J.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Booth P.D. (2009) To establish soil indicators to assess the impact of atmospheric deposition on environmentally senstive areas., Consultancy Service, SEPA.
  • Emmett, B.; Cooper, J.R.; Ashmore, M.; Belyazid, S.; Britton, A.; Broadmeadow, M.; Caporn, S.; Carroll, J.; Davies, O.; Dise, N.; Field, C.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hester, A.J. Hughes, S.; Leake, J.; Leith, I.; Maskell, L.; Mills, R.; Mizunuma, T.; Ostle, N.; Phoenix, G.; Power, S.; Reynolds, B.; Rowe, E.; Scott, A.; Sheppard, L.; Smart, S.; Sowerby, A.; Tipping, E.; Vanguelova, E.; Vuohelainen, A. (2008) Terrestrial Umbrella - Effects of Eutrophication and Acidification on Terrestrial Ecosystems. Annual Report 2008., Annual Contract Report to DEFRA.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Beale, C.M.; Britton, A.J.; Brooker, R.W.; Iason, G.R.; Langan, S.J.; Littlewood, N.A; Westaway, S. (2008) Evaluation of UK Biodiversity Action plan revised targets for Scotland., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Britton, A.J.; Pakeman, R.J. (2008) Vegetation monitoring of Rum natura habitats., Final Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Britton, A.J.; Pakeman, R.J. (2008) Vegetation monitoring of Rum natural habitats: final report., Contract Report to SNH.
  • Emmett, B.A.; Williams, B.L.; Ashmore, M.; Britton, A.J.; Broadmeadow, M.; Bullock, J.; Cape, J.N.; Caporn, S.J.M.; Carroll, J.A.; Cresser, M.S.; Crossley, A.; de Lange, I.; Edmondson, J.; Evans, C.; Fowler, D.; Grant, H.; Green, E.R.; Green, S.; Griffiths, (2007) Terrestrial Umbrella Final Report, 2007., Report to NERC-DEFRA, Project Number C02613, Contract Number CPEA 18, July 2007.
  • Emmett, B.A.; Williams, B.L.; Ashmore, M.; Britton, A.J.; Broadmeadow, M.; Bullock, J.; Cape, J.N.; Caporn, S.J.M.; Carroll, J.A.; Cresser, M.S.; Crossley, A.; de Lange, I.; Edmondson, J.; Evans, C.; Fowler, D.; Grant, H.; Gren, E.R.; Green, S.; Griffiths, (2006) Terrestrial Umbrella Annual Report 2006., Report to NERC-DEFRA, Project No. CO2613, July 2006, Contract No. CPEA 18, July 2006.
  • Emmett, B.A.; Williams, B.L.; Ashmore, M.; Benham, S.; Britton, AJ..; Broadmeadow, M.; Caporn, S.J.M.; Carroll, J.; Cresser, M.; Cresswell, N.; Crossley, A.; Edmondson, J.; Grant, H.; Green, E.; Green, S.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hinton, C.; Hughes, S.; Jones, A.; Jones, M.; Leake, J.; Lee, J.; Leith, I.; Oakley, S.; Ostle, N.; Power, S.; Price, E.A.C.; Ray, N.; Reynolds, B.; Sheppard, L.; Smart, R.; Smart, S.; Sowerby, A.; Vanguelova, E.; Williams, D.; Wildig, J. (2005) Terrestrial Umbrella Annual Report, 2005., Contract Report to DEFRA, Project No. C02613, July 2005.
  • Armitage, H.A.; Pearce, I.S.K.; Britton, A.J. (2005) The impact of grazing and nitrogen deposition on the condition of Racomitrium lanuginosum on the Carneddau Mountains, North Wales., Contract Report to Countryside Council for Wales, Final Report, February 2005, 45pp. Contract No. C00691NEW, FC 73-01-453.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Britton, A.J.; Palmer, S.; Clutton-Brock, T.; Blankers, M.; Crawley, M. (2004) Habitat restoration project - Rum National Nature Reserve. Project monitoring and site condition monitoring. Final Report, September 2004., Contract Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.

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