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Andrew Nolan

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Head of Ecology and Land Evaluation Unit
andrew.nolan@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Andrew is a research scientist with 29 years field experience in carrying out assessment of land resources throughout Scotland and the wider UK. His expertise ranges from soil survey, classification and sampling to the assessment of grazing and trampling impacts on upland vegetation. He has combined research interests in soils and upland ecology with extensive consultancy work for a wide range of government bodies, agencies and private clients.

Current research interests

Andrew started his career working for the Soil Survey of Scotland, Macaulay Institute, carrying out soil surveys and land classification at a range of scales. He was also involved in the baseline sampling of the National Soils Inventory. His research interests in upland ecology led to a collaborative project with the Deer Commission Scotland (DCS) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to devise and test sampling strategies for carrying out assessment of grazing and trampling impacts over extensive upland areas. The outcome of this work greatly facilitated management planning by Deer Management Groups. He also has research interests in the effects of agri-environment schemes, native woodland regeneration and peatlands. He leads the Soil Survey and Land Evaluation Unit carrying out a range of consultancy work and is currently a principal investigator involved in the re-sampling of the National Soils Inventory and a wide range of core research and applied projects related to soil quality, land evaluation, peatland erosion, environmental change and the provision of soils data.

Bibliography

  • Hewison, R.L.; Nolan, A.J.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 143 - Glendoll Forest, 2020, Tay Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 142 - Durris Forest South-West Block, 2020, Moray & Aberdeenshire Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Baggaley, N.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 141 - Durris Forest North-West Block, 2020, Moray & Aberdeenshire Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 140 - Durris Forest North-East Block, 2020, Moray & Aberdeenshire Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 139 - Weem and Glassie Blocks, 2020, Tay Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 138 - Allean Forest 2020, Tay Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 137 - Strathdon-Ladylea Block, 2020, Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Report, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 136 - Elchies Forest Peat Survey, 2020, Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 135 - Glen Sherup Forest, 2020, Tay Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Henderson, D.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 134 - Glen Devon Main Block, 2020, Tay Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 133 - Glen Devon East Block, 2020, Tay Forest District, East Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Butler, B.M.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 132 - Glentrool Forest West Block, 2020 - Galloway Forest District, South Region, Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Riach, D.J.; Addy, S.J.; Donnelly, D. (2021) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 131 - Glentrool Main Block 2020, Galloway Forest District, South Region., Digital Soil Resources within ForesterWeb - Forest and Land Scotland GIS and Management Tool.
  • McMullen, A.; Hewison, R.L.; Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Coulshill and the Corb - Habitats, vegetation and soils., Contract output to Scottish Woodlands.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 130 - Allean Forest 2019 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Henderson, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 129 - Loch Chon 2019 Blocks, Cowal and Trossachs Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 128- Loch Ard Forest Drumore Block, Cowal and Trossachs Forest District, 2019., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 127 - Queensway Forest 2019 Block, Galloway Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 126 - Pencloe 2019 Block, Galloway Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 1235 - Lanehead Farm, Galloway Forest District, 2019., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 124 - Knapdale 2019 West Block, West Argyll Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Beesley, L.; Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 123 - Knapdale Forest 2019 Mid Block, West Argyll Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 122 - Knapdale 2019 East Block, West Argyll Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 121 - Ashietiel 2019 Block, Dumfries and Borders Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 120 - Torran Farm, West Argyll Forest District, 2019., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 119 - Kindrogan Forest 2019 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 118 - Blackcraig Forest Tay Forest District, 2019., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 117 - Rest and Be Thankful, Cowal and Trossachs Forest District (2019)., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Henderson, D.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 116 - Glen Loy Forest, Lochaber Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 115 - Glen Markie Forest 2018 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 114 - Glen Isla Forest 2018 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 113 - Drummond Hill, Tay Forest District (2018)., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J. (2020) From Rum to recording forest soils via the Soil Survey of Scotland: a life of fieldwork., In: Burt, T. & Thompson, D. (eds.). Curious About Nature: A Passion for Fieldwork. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 36, pp284-289.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Henderson, D.J.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2019) Soil survey digital map data and technical reports., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical report for Forestry Commission, scale 1:10,000, volume 112 - Loch Ard Forest Corriegrennan Block, Inverness, Ross & Skye Forest District (2019).
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2019) Soil survey digital map data and technical reports., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical report for Forestry Commission, scale 1:10,000, volume 111 - Inverliever Forest 2018, West Argyll Forest District (2019).
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2019) Soil survey digital map data and technical reports., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical report for Forestry Commission, scale 1:10,000, volume 110 - Glen Righ Forest 2018 block, Lochaber Forest District (2019).
  • Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2019) Soil survey digital map data and technical reports., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical report for Forestry Commission, scale 1:10,000, volume 109 - Torrachilty Forest 2018 north block, Inverness, Ross & Skye Forest District (2019).
  • Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2019) Soil survey digital map data and technical reports., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical report for Forestry Commission, scale 1:10,000, volume 108 - Torrachilty Forest 2018 mid block, Inverness, Ross & Skye Forest District (2019).
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2019) Soil survey digital map data and technical reports., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical report for Forestry Commission, scale 1:10,000, volume 107 - Torrachilty Forest 2018 south block, Inverness, Ross & Skye Forest District (2019).
  • Beesley, L.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2018) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Technical Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 100 - Contin Forest 2017 North Block, North Highland Forest District (2017)., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical Report to Forestry Commission.

  • Pakeman, R.J.; Alexander, J.; Beaton, J.; Brooker, R.; Cummins, R.; Eastwood, A.; Fielding, D.; Fisher, J.; Gore, S.; Hewison, R.; Hooper, R.; Lennon, J.; Mitchell, R.; Moore, E.; Nolan, A.; Orford, K.; Pemberton, C.; Riach, D.; Sim, D.; Stockan, J.; Trinder, C.; Lewis, R. (2015) Species composition of coastal dune vegetation in Scotland has proved resistant to climate change over a third of a century., Global Change Biology, 21, 3738-3747.
  • Chapman, S.J.; Bell, J.S.; Campbell, C.D.; Hudson, G.; Lilly, A.; Nolan, A.J.; Robertson, A.H.J.; Potts, J.M.; Towers, W. (2013) Comparison of soil carbon stocks in Scottish soils between 1978 and 2009., European Journal of Soil Science, 64, 455-465.
  • Rhind, S.M.; Kyle, C.E.; Kerr, C.; Osprey, M.; Zhang, Z.L.; Duff, E.I.; Lilly, A.; Nolan, A.; Hudson, G.; Towers, W.; Bell, J.; Coull, M.C.; McKenzie, C. (2013) Concentrations and geographic distribution of selected organic pollutants in Scottish surface soils, Environmental Pollution, 182, 15-27.
  • Nayak, D.R.; Miller, D.R.; Nolan, A.J.; Smith, P.; Smith, J.U. (2010) Calculating carbon budgets of wind farms on Scottish peatlands., Mires and Peat, 4, Article No. 9, 1-23.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Nolan, A.J. (2009) Setting sustainable grazing levels for heather moorland: a multi-site analysis., Journal of Applied Ecology, 46, 363-368.
  • Brewer, M.J.; Nolan, A.J. (2007) Variable smoothing in Bayesian intrinsic autoregressions., Environmetrics, 18, 841-857.
  • Albon, S.D.; Brewer, M.J.; Nolan, A.J.; Cope, D. (2007) Quantifying the grazing impacts associated with different herbivores on rangelands., Journal of Applied Ecology, 44, 1176-1187.
  • Brewer, M.J.; Elston, D.A.; Hodgson, M.E.A.; Stolte, A.M.; Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J. (2004) A spatial model with ordinal responses for grazing impact data., Statistical Modelling, 4, 127-143.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Stolte, A.M.; Hope, I.M.; Scott, R. (2003) Assessment of grazing and trampling impacts on rangeland for management planning by land managers and government agencies in Scotland, UK., Africal Journal of Range and Forage Science, 20, 123-124.
  • Bayfield, N.G.; Nolan, A.J. (1998) Vegetation and soils of the Allt A'Mharcaith catchment, Cairngorm mountains., Scottish Geographical Magazine, 114, 18-21.
  • Nolan A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Still, M.J.; Madden, S.; Bell, J.S. (1998) Effects of excluding wild herbivores on the growth of small saplings in some woodlands within the Breadalbane and Loch Lomond Environmentally Sensitive Areas., Scottish Forestry, 52, 22-29.
  • Henderson, D.J.; Nolan, A.J.; Madden, S.; Still, M.J. (1997) The effect of domestic livestock exclosure on broadleaved woodland regeneration in three Scottish Environmentally Sensitive Areas., Scottish Forestry, 51, 6-14.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Merrell, B. (1995) The vegetation dynamics of wet heather moorlands in relation to sheep grazing intensity., In: Heaths and Moorlands: Cultural Landscapes (eds. D.B.A. Thompson, A.J. Hester and M.B. Usher). HMSO, Edinburgh, pp174-179.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hulme, P.D.; Wheeler, D. (1994) The status of Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull on Fair Isle., Botanical Journal of Scotland, 47, 1, 1-16.
  • Morrice, J.G.; Miller, D.R.; Gauld, J.H.; Nolan, A.J.; Hulme, P.D.; Birnie, R.V.B. (1990) Digital mapping for land cover studies., In: Evaluation of Land Resources in Scotland. Proceedings of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Annual Symposium, Stirling, September 1989 (eds. J.S. Bibby and M.F. Thomas). Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, pp69-73.

  • Nolan, A.J. (2020) From Rum to recording forest soils via the Soil Survey of Scotland: a life of fieldwork., In: Burt, T. & Thompson, D. (eds.). Curious About Nature: A Passion for Fieldwork. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 36, pp284-289.


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