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Debbie Fielding

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Research Assistant
debbie.fielding@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1224 395184

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Debbie is a research assistant in the Ecological Sciences group. Her background is in environmental conservation. She completed a BSc in Environmental Conservation in 2005 and an MSc in Conservation & Land management in 2006 at the University of Wales, Bangor. Following her academic studies, she worked as a field surveyor for an ecological consultancy and then as Conservation Officer for the Countryside Council for Wales, prior to Joining the James Hutton Institute in 2008. In her current role she uses her extensive field skills and experience of working in a variety of habitats to collect data for a range of ecological projects.

Current research interests

Much of Debbie’s work focuses on an assessment of different aspects of biodiversity under different land management regimes.
She is currently working on a variety of projects:
o The Glen Finglas grazing experiment
o The effects of controlled fire on the biodiversity of heath communities
o The effects of deer carcasses on upland food webs
o Scottish native pinewoods
o A re-survey of vegetation records form the 1960’s & 70’s to detect long term changes linked to land management and climate change.

Bibliography

  • Pakeman, R.J.; Fielding, D.A.; Everts, L.; Littlewood, N.A. (2019) Long term impacts of changed grazing regimes on the vegetation of heterogeneous upland grasslands., Journal of Applied Ecology, 56, 1794-1805.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Fielding, D.A.; Fisher, J.M.; Gilbert, D.J.; Hurskainen, S.; Pakeman, R.J.; Potts, J.M.; Riach, D. (2018) Decline in atmospheric sulphur deposition and changes in climate are the major drivers of long-term change in grassland plant communities in Scotland., Environmental Pollution, 235, 956-964.
  • 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.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Britton, A.J.; Brooker, R.W.; Cummins, R.P.; Fielding, D.A.; Fisher, J.M.; Gilbert, D.J.; Hester, A.J.; Hurskainen, S.; Pakeman, R.J.; Potts, J.M.; Riach, D. (2017) Forty years of change in Scottish grassland vegetation: increased richness, decreased diversity and increased dominance., Biological Conservation, 212, 327-336.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Riach, D.; Fisher, J.; Hurskianen, S.; Fielding, D.; Mitchell, R.J. (2017) Long-term functional structure and functional diversity changes in Scottish grasslands., Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 247, 352-362.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding, D.F. (2017) Summary methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species., Report for CREW website.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding, D. (2017) Methods for controlling or eradicating invasive aquatic species., CREW Report, CRW2016_05, 40pp.
  • Douglas, D.J.T.; Buchanan, G.M.; Thompson, P.; Smith, T.; Cole, T.; Amar, A.; Fielding, D.A.; Redpath, S.M.; Wilson, J.D. (2016) Reply to comment on: Vegetation burning for game management in the UK uplands is increasing and overlaps spatially with soil carbon and protected areas., Biological Conservation, 195, 295-296.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Alexander, J.; Brooker, R.; Cummins, R.; Fielding, D.; Gore, S.; Hewison, R.; Mitchell, R.; Moore, E.; Erford, K.; Pemberton, C.; Trinder, C.; Lewis, R. (2016) Long-term impacts of nitrogen deposition on coastal plant communities., Environmental Pollution, 221, 337-347.
  • Eastwood, A.; Brooker, R.; Irvine, R.J.; Artz, R.R.E.; Norton, L.R.; Bullock, J.M.; Ross, L.; Fielding, D.; Ramsay, S.; Roberts, J.; Anderson, W.; Dugan, D.; Cooksley, S.; Pakeman, R.J. (2016) Does nature conservation enhance ecosystem services delivery?, Ecosystem Services, 17, 152-162.
  • Newey, S.; Mustin, K.; Bryce, R.; Fielding, D.; Redpath, S.R.; Bunnefeld, N.; Daniel, B.; Irvine, R.J. (2016) Impact of management on avian communities in the Scottish highlands., PLoS ONE, 11, Article No. e0155473.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D.; Fielding, D. (2016) Soil Survey Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 51 - Barnhill New Acquisition, Scottish Lowlands Forest District. (2016), Digital data submitted to Forestry Commission, Scotland.
  • Newey, S., Mustin, K., Fielding, D. Irvine, J. Redpath, S. Arroyo, B., Bryce, R., Beja, P., Bunnefeld, N. (2016) Consequences of game bird management for non-game species: a European review and Scottish case study., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.). Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 1, pp4-5.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Fielding, D.; Littlewood, N.; Pozsgai, G.; Smith, S. (2016) Grassland management drives trade-offs for biodiversity., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.) Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp20-21.
  • Fielding, D.; Littlewood, N.; Pozsgai, G.; Pakeman, R.J.; Evans, D. (2016) Upland grassland management for biodiversity., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.). Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp8-9.
  • Fielding, D.; Irvine, R.J. (2016) Heath vegetation recovery after muirburn under different grazing regimes., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 6, pp14-15.
  • Fielding, D.; Newey, S.; Navarro, C.; Irvine, R.J. (2016) The impact of deer carcasses on soil nutrients and invertebrate communities., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 15, pp32-33.
  • Newey, S.; Fielding, D.; Irvine, R.J.; Van der Wal, R. (2016) The use of deer carcasses by avain and mammalian scavengers., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 16, pp34-56.
  • 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.
  • Douglas, D.J.T.; Buchanan, G.M.; Thompson, P.S.; Amar, A.; Fielding, D.A.; Redpath, S.M.; Wilson, J.D. (2015) Vegetation burning for game management in the UK uplands is increasing and overlaps spatially with soil carbon and protected areas., Biological Conservation, 191, 243-250.
  • Fielding, D.A.; Matthews, R. (2015) Review of implications of land use change on climate change mitigation and adaption., Report to the Scottish Government.
  • Fielding, D.; Newey, S.; van der Wal, R.; Irvine, R.J. (2014) Carcass provisioning to support scavengers: evaluating a controversial nature conservation practice., Ambio, 43, 810-819.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Lilly, A.; Bell, J.S.; Cameron, C.; Donald, C.; Fielding, D.; Green, G.; Hewison, R.H.; McIntyre, S.; Newman, G.: Nolan, A.; Owen, J.; Smith, D.; Sturgeon, F.; Thompson, C.; Towers, W.; Williams E. (2014) Ecosystem effects of long-term herbivore exclusion., SNH Contract Report.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Hooper, R.; Fielding, D.; Henderson, D.J. (2013) Vegetation and soil survey for the Inverchaolain Glen Afforestation Proposal Environmental Impact Assessment, Cowal, Argyll., Report for Edwin Thompson Chartered Surveyors.
  • Fielding, D.; Hewison, R.L. (2013) Brief protected species survey ( badgers, otters, red squirrels, water voles and bats) for the Inverchaolain Glen Afforestation Proposal Environmental Impact assessment, Cowal, Argyll., Report for Edwin Thompson Chartered Surveyors.
  • Eastwood, A.; Nijnik, M.; Brooker, R.; Pakeman, R.J.; Artz, R.R.E.; Norton, L.; Ross, L.; Bullock, J.; Albon, S.; Vellinga, N.; Fielding, D.; Irvine, R.J.; Ramsay, S.; Cooksley, S. (2013) Nature conservation and ecosystem service delivery., Joint Nature Conservancy Council, Contract C12-0170-0635.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding D. (2013) Impact of riparian invasive non-native plant species on freshwater habitats and species. Final report., CREW Report CD 2012/37.
  • Littlewood, N.A.; Fielding, D. (2012) Response to consultation on management plan for Glen Finglas., Woodland Trust.
  • DeGabriel, J.L.; Albon, S.D.; Fielding, D.A.; Riach, D.J.; Westaway, S.; Irvine, R.J. (2011) The presence of sheep leads to increases in plant diversity and reductions in the impact of deer on heather., Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 1269 - 1277.
  • Cummins, R.P.; Hewison, R.L.; Dunn, S.M.; Fielding D.A.; Chapman S.J.; Hooper, R. (2011) St Fergus moss - Continuaton of peat extraction. Environmental impact assessment., Contract Report for Northern Peat and Moss Company.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Lewis, R.; Kriel, A.; Moore, E.K.; Pemberton, C.; Gore, S.; Hewison, R.L.; Alexander, J.; Cummins, R.; Fielding, D.; Orford, K.; Mitchell, R.; Brooker, R.; Nolan, A.J.; Eastwood, A.; Huband, S. (2011) Detecting biodiversity change in a rare habitat: a botanical re-survey of the Machair., Final Report to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
  • Fielding, D.A.; Irvine, R.J.; van der Wal, R. (2009) The role of ungulate carcasses for biodiversity., Contract Report for The John Muir Trust.

  • 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.
  • Newey, S., Mustin, K., Fielding, D. Irvine, J. Redpath, S. Arroyo, B., Bryce, R., Beja, P., Bunnefeld, N. (2016) Consequences of game bird management for non-game species: a European review and Scottish case study., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.). Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 1, pp4-5.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Fielding, D.; Littlewood, N.; Pozsgai, G.; Smith, S. (2016) Grassland management drives trade-offs for biodiversity., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.) Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp20-21.
  • Fielding, D.; Littlewood, N.; Pozsgai, G.; Pakeman, R.J.; Evans, D. (2016) Upland grassland management for biodiversity., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.). Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp8-9.
  • Fielding, D.; Irvine, R.J. (2016) Heath vegetation recovery after muirburn under different grazing regimes., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 6, pp14-15.
  • Fielding, D.; Newey, S.; Navarro, C.; Irvine, R.J. (2016) The impact of deer carcasses on soil nutrients and invertebrate communities., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 15, pp32-33.
  • Newey, S.; Fielding, D.; Irvine, R.J.; Van der Wal, R. (2016) The use of deer carcasses by avain and mammalian scavengers., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 16, pp34-56.

  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding, D.F. (2017) Summary methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species., Report for CREW website.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding, D. (2017) Methods for controlling or eradicating invasive aquatic species., CREW Report, CRW2016_05, 40pp.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D.; Fielding, D. (2016) Soil Survey Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 51 - Barnhill New Acquisition, Scottish Lowlands Forest District. (2016), Digital data submitted to Forestry Commission, Scotland.
  • Fielding, D.A.; Matthews, R. (2015) Review of implications of land use change on climate change mitigation and adaption., Report to the Scottish Government.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Lilly, A.; Bell, J.S.; Cameron, C.; Donald, C.; Fielding, D.; Green, G.; Hewison, R.H.; McIntyre, S.; Newman, G.: Nolan, A.; Owen, J.; Smith, D.; Sturgeon, F.; Thompson, C.; Towers, W.; Williams E. (2014) Ecosystem effects of long-term herbivore exclusion., SNH Contract Report.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Hooper, R.; Fielding, D.; Henderson, D.J. (2013) Vegetation and soil survey for the Inverchaolain Glen Afforestation Proposal Environmental Impact Assessment, Cowal, Argyll., Report for Edwin Thompson Chartered Surveyors.
  • Fielding, D.; Hewison, R.L. (2013) Brief protected species survey ( badgers, otters, red squirrels, water voles and bats) for the Inverchaolain Glen Afforestation Proposal Environmental Impact assessment, Cowal, Argyll., Report for Edwin Thompson Chartered Surveyors.
  • Eastwood, A.; Nijnik, M.; Brooker, R.; Pakeman, R.J.; Artz, R.R.E.; Norton, L.; Ross, L.; Bullock, J.; Albon, S.; Vellinga, N.; Fielding, D.; Irvine, R.J.; Ramsay, S.; Cooksley, S. (2013) Nature conservation and ecosystem service delivery., Joint Nature Conservancy Council, Contract C12-0170-0635.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding D. (2013) Impact of riparian invasive non-native plant species on freshwater habitats and species. Final report., CREW Report CD 2012/37.
  • Littlewood, N.A.; Fielding, D. (2012) Response to consultation on management plan for Glen Finglas., Woodland Trust.
  • Cummins, R.P.; Hewison, R.L.; Dunn, S.M.; Fielding D.A.; Chapman S.J.; Hooper, R. (2011) St Fergus moss - Continuaton of peat extraction. Environmental impact assessment., Contract Report for Northern Peat and Moss Company.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Lewis, R.; Kriel, A.; Moore, E.K.; Pemberton, C.; Gore, S.; Hewison, R.L.; Alexander, J.; Cummins, R.; Fielding, D.; Orford, K.; Mitchell, R.; Brooker, R.; Nolan, A.J.; Eastwood, A.; Huband, S. (2011) Detecting biodiversity change in a rare habitat: a botanical re-survey of the Machair., Final Report to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
  • Fielding, D.A.; Irvine, R.J.; van der Wal, R. (2009) The role of ungulate carcasses for biodiversity., Contract Report for The John Muir Trust.

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