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Glenn Iason

Staff picture: Glenn Iason
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Senior Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Glenn Iason is an ecologist with 30 years experience of research, mainly in plant-herbivore interactions. He has experience of work with a broad range of animal species (hares and rabbits, African buffalo, deer, moose and domestic ruminants and invertebrates species) in a range of ecosystems including the Arctic, Boreal forests, moorland, African savanna and agricultural environments.

Glenn's current work focuses on woodland ecology an conservation, particularly the factors that determine the resilience of Scots pine woods against pests and diseases and climate change. This research uses inductive monitoring approaches but also draws upon a complementary national transplant experiment, in which seed from widely distributed native pinewoods are planted into contrasting climatic zones. This allows measurement of the genetic and environmental effects on the trees’ traits such as growth, chemical defenses against pests and diseases, as well as their associated biodiversity and function.

Glenn has served as a  member of Scottish Natural Heritage's Scientific Advisory Committee nad a sub-committee of the Scottish Tree Health Advisory Group. He has contributed to the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management and Wildlife Biology, has been awarded a DSc degree and elected Fellow of the Society of Biology. He has chaired the Biodiversity Consultative Group, the main stakeholder knowledge exchange network for Scottish Government-funded biodiversity research.

Current research interests

Glenn's interests include the role of plant secondary metabolites in species interactions, community and ecosystem function and how variation in PSMs is underpinned by genetic and environmental factors. He aims to apply this knowledge to how the ecology of dominant and foundation species in ecosystems can be used to focus conservation effort and predict system responses to environmental change. He is currently working in native woodland ecosystems but is open to use any system appropriate to answer relevant scientific questions.


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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.