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Antonia Eastwood

Staff picture: Antonia Eastwood
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I am a socio-ecologist with experience in working in a wide range of countries including the UK overseas territories and the Balkans. My early research career focused on the consevation biology of rare and globally threatened island floras. However,  after years of practical conservation experience with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Fauna and Flora International, the need for more integrated solutions to biodiversity conservation, and the need to better understand the complex dynamics of human-ecosystem interactions become more and more apparent to me.

My main research interest now is therefore the application of interdisciplinary research to biodiversity conservation and the governance of ecosystem services/natural resources. I currently lead the research on participatory decision-making in multi-functional woodlands. Recent contracts include assessing the effects of nature conservation on ecosystem delivery (JNCC), and the evaluation of the Natural Capital Assest Index (SNH).

Current research interests

  • Exploring and understanding human-ecosystem interactions in ecosystem service delivery
  • Exploring decision making processes and tools  in natural resource mananagment and understanding trade-offs in ecosystem services
  • Providing guidance to the Conservation Organisation for Afghan Mountain Areas on participatory evaluation (Darwin Initiative project with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)
  • Understanding the social aspects  of  adaptive co-management across landscapes

Past research

  • Conservation planning (protected areas) and grassland biodiversity conservation in Croatia - 2004-2007
  • Research on seed viability and hybridisation in the globally threatened Commidendrum from St Helena - 1999-2003
  • Population genetics of Elaphoglossum from St Helena - 1999-2003
  • Coastal biodiversity assessment of Anegada, British Virgin Islands - 2004
  • IUCN Red listing of globally threatened trees -2004-2007

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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.