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Bob Ferrier

Staff picture: Bob Ferrier
Director of Research
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Director of Research
bob.ferrier@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Invergowrie 
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland

 

Bob Ferrier is Director of Research and is responsible for the development and delivery of the Institute’s research portfolio, associated knowledge exchange, and income generation strategies.

He is also the Director of the recently established policy:research Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW). He has over 20 years experience in water resources management in particular the hydrological, hydrochemical and ecological consequences of environmental change; in particular land use and management, and climate change.

He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen, is a current member of the CEH Programme Development Group, an Advisory Board member of the NERC Water Security Knowledge Exchange Programme and is a non-executive director of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).

He was an International Flagship Fellow for CSIRO's Water for a Healthy Country Programme advising on the development of an effects based strategy for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. He sits on a number of local, national and European stakeholder consultation groups, and acts as an evaluator for National, North American and European funding programmes.

Current research interests

His own research interests centre on the potential role of policy and land use change on water resources and the development of systems based approaches and frameworks for sustainable management. He has been a champion for catchment management and in particular, addressing the global challenge of diffuse pollution.

Bibliography

  • Shuzhong, G.; Jenkins, A.; Gao, S.J.; Lu, Y.L.; Li, H.; Li, Y.Y.; Ferrier, R.C.; Bailey, M.; Wang, Y.W.; Zhang, Y.; Qi, X.B.; Yu, L.L.; Ding, L.Q.; Daniell, T.; Williams, R.; Hannaford, J.; Acreman, M.; Kirk, S.; Liu, H.X.; Liu, Z.T.; Luo, L.G.; Yan, D.H.; Liu, X.J.; Yu, F.; Wang, D.; Zhang, B.; Ding, A.Z.; Xie, X.R.; Liu, J.; Ma, C.; Jobson, A., (2017) Ensuring water resource security in China; the need for advances in evidence-based policy to support sustainable management., Environmental Science and Policy, 75, 65-69.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Ferrier, R.C.; Greig, B., (2017) Hydro Nation Commercial Advisory Services - Support structure paper., Report to Scottish Government, 15pp.
  • Lu, Y.L.; Song, S.; Wang, R.S.; Liu, Z.Y.; Meng, J.; Sweetman, A.J.; Jenkins, A.; Ferrier, R.C.; Li, H.; Luo, W.; Wang, T.Y., (2015) Impacts of soil and water pollution on food safety and health risks in China., Environment International, 77, 5-15.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Ferrier, R.C.; Gordon, I.J., (2015) Water ecosystem services: moving forward., In: Martin-Ortega, J., Ferrier, R.C., Gordon, I.J. & Khan, S. (eds.). Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Gordon, I.J.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Ferrier, R.C., (2015) Introduction., In: Martin-Ortega, J., Ferrier, R.C., Gordon, I.J. & Khan, S. (eds.). Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Ferrier, R.C.; Gordon, I.J.; Kahn, S.; (eds.), (2015) Water ecosystem services: a global perspective., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Wright, R.F.; Jackson-Blake, L.A.; Ferrier, R.C.; Aherne, J.; Cosby, B.J.L; Evans, C.D.; Forsius, M.; Hruska, J.; Jenkins, A.; Kram, P.; Kopacek,J.; Majer, V.; Moldan, F.; Posch, M.; Potts, J.M.; Rogora, M.; Schopp, W., (2014) Assessing recovery from acidification of European surface waters in the year 2010: evaluation of projections made with the MAGIC model in 1995., Environmental Science and Technology, 48, 13280-13288.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Ferrier, R.C.; Rathgen, J., (2014) Scotland the hydro nation: The role of ecosystem services in meeting Scotland's hydro nation challenge., In: Out of the Blue: New Thinking on Water, Social and Natural Capital. Arup Publication, Leeds, pp88-93.
  • Morris, S.; Ferrier, R.C., (2012) Water security: a review of terminology related to water security and water efficiency., Scottish Government.
  • Smith, P.; Ashmore, M.; Black, H.I.J.; Burgess, P.; Evans, C.; Hails, R.; Potts, S.; Quine, T.; Thomson, A.; Biesmeijer, K.; Breeze, T.; Broadmeadow, M.; Ferrier, R.C.; Freer, J.; Hansom, J.; Haygarth, P.; Hesketh, H.; Hicks, K.; Johnson, A.; Kay, D.; Kunin, W.; Lilly, A.; May, L.; Memmott, J.; Orr, H.; Pickup, R.; Purse, B.; Squire, G., (2011) Regulating services., In: UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Understanding Nature's Value to Society. Technical Report. Cambridge, UNEP-WCMC, Chapter 14, pp535-596.
  • Jenkins, A.; Ferrier, R.C., (2010) Effluent management., In: Ferrier, R.C. & Jenkins, A. (eds.). Handbook of Catchment Management. Blackwell Publications, Oxford, pp135-153.
  • Ferrier, R.C.; Jenkins, A.; Blackstock, K.L., (2010) The future for catchment management., In: Ferrier, R.C. & Jenkins, A. (eds.). Handbook of Catchment Management. Blackwell Publications, Oxford, pp501-515.
  • Ferrier, R.C.; Jenkins, A., (2010) The catchment management concept., In: Ferrier, R.C. & Jenkins, A. (eds.). Handbook of Catchment Management. Blackwell Publications, Oxford, pp1-17.
  • Jenkins, A.; Ferrier, R.C., (2009) Water, climate change and tough choices: competing policy demands mean greater complexity., Water and Wastewater International, 24, 16-18.
  • Futter, M.N.; Ferrier, R.C.; Ballantine, D.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Blackstock, K.L; Dunn, S.M., (2008) H2O (Heuristics for Hydrological Observatories): A prototype application to the Lunan water catchment., SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference Agriculture and the Environment VII Land Management in a Changing Environment, Edinburgh, 26-27 March 2008.
  • Kay, D.; Edwards, A.C.; Ferrier, R.C.; Francis, C.; Kay, C.; Rushby, L.; Watkins, J.; McDonald, A.T.; Wyer, M.; Crowther, J.; Wilkinson, J., (2007) Catchment microbial dynamics: the emergence of a research agenda., Progress in Physical Geography, 31, 59-76.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Davies, J.J.L.; Jenkins, A.; Evans, C.D.; Coull, M.C.; Reynolds, B.; Norris, D.; Ferrier, R.C., (2007) Spatial and seasonal variations in nitrogen leaching and acidity across four acid-impacted regions of the UK., Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 185, 3-19.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Coull, M.C.; Evans, C.D.; Davies, J.J.L.; Norris, D.; Ferrier, R.C.; Jenkins, A.; Reynolds, B., (2007) The role of catchment characteristics in determining surface water nitrogen in four upland regions in the UK, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 11, 356-371.
  • Aherne, J.; Helliwell, R.C.; Lilly, A.; Ferrier, R.C.; Jenkins, A., (2007) Simulation of soil and surface water acidification: Divergence between one-box and two-box models?, Applied Geochemistry, 22, 1167-1173. Special Issue on Acid Rain2005, 7th International Conference on Acid Deposition, June 12-17th 2005, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Ferrier, R.C., (2007) Science challenges to support diffuse pollution management in the Great Barrier Reef., Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Fellowship. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Publications, Canberra, Australia, 55pp.
  • Ferrier, R.C., (2007) Achieving successful change: towards effects-based strategies in the GBR., Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Publications, Canberra, Australia, 8pp.
  • Kamari, J.; Boorman, D.; Icke, J.; Perrin, C.; Candela, L.; Elorza, F-J.; Ferrier, R.C.; Bakken, T.H.; Hutchins, M., (2006) Process for benchmarking models: dialogue between water managers and modellers., Archiv fur Hydrologie: Large Rivers Supplement, 17, 3-21.
  • Urama, K.C.; Dilks, C.F.; Dunn, S.M.; Ferrier, R.C., (2006) Socio-economic and bio-physical modelling of diffuse pollution: closing the gaps., Archiv fur Hydrobiologie: Large Rivers Supplement, 17, 175-199.
  • Evans, C.D.; Reynolds, B.; Jenkins, A.; Helliwell, R.C.; Curtis, C.J.; Goodale, C.L.; Ferrier, R.C.; Emmett, B.A.; Pilkington, M.; Caporn, S.J.M.; Carroll, J.A.; Norris, D.; Davies, J.; Coull, M.C., (2006) Evidence that soil carbon pool determines susceptibility of semi-natural ecosystems to elevated nitrogen leaching., Ecosystems, 9, 453-462.
  • Ferrier, R.C., (2006) Achieving successful change: towards effects-based strategies in the GBR., Report on the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Fellowship.
  • Ferrier, R.C., (2006) Science challenges to support diffuse pollution management in the Great Barrier Reef., Report on the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Fellowship.
  • Carter, C. (ed.); Ferrier, R.; Manson, R.; Jenkins, A., (2006) Catchment modelling., Work Package 4 Report, RELU Theme A Scoping Study on "Achieving Sustainable Catchment Management : Developing Integrated Approaches and Tools to Inform Future Policies", RES-224 -25-0081. Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen.
  • Hendry, S.; Jenkins, A.; Ferrier, R.C., (2006) River basin planning in Scotland and the European Community., In: Hydrology and Water Law - Bridging the Gap (eds. J. Wallace and P. Wouters). Chapter 11, IWA Publishing, London, pp280-296.
  • Bennion, H., Johnes, P., Ferrier, R.C., Phillips, G. and Haworth, E., (2005) A comparison of diatom phosphorus transfer functions and export coefficient models as tools for reconstructing lake nutrient histories., Freshwater Biology, 50, 1651-1670.
  • Wright, R.F.; Camarero, L.; Cosby, B.J.; Ferrier, R.C.; Forsius, M.; Helliwell, R.C.; Jenkins, A.; Kopacek, J.; Majer, V.; Moldan, F.; Posch, M.; Rogora, M.; Schopp, W., (2005) Recovery of acidified European surface waters., Environmental Science and Technology, 39, 64A-72A.

  • 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

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