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Glenn Iason

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Senior Scientist
glenn.iason@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
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.

Bibliography

  • Iason, G.; Newey, S., (2017) Mountain Hare (Lupus timidus)., In: Littlewood, N., Chapman, P., Francis, I., Roberts, G., Robinson, A. & Sideris, K. (eds.). Mammal Atlas of North-East Scotland and Cairngorms. NESBReC, Aberdeen, pp56-57. ISBN 978-1-5262-0669-5
  • Newey, S.; Iason, G.; Potts, J.; Fletcher, K., (2016) Developing monitoring methods for mountain hares to improve the evidence base for decision-making., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.). Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 5, pp12-13.
  • Moore, E.; Pemberton, J.; Iason, G.; Pakeman, R.J., (2016) Managing habitat mosaics., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.). Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp10-11.
  • Iason, G.; Sim, D.; Moore, B.; Campbell-Palmer, R.; Gaywood, M.; Hall, J.; Brewer, M., (2016) The effects of beavers on woodlands., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 13, pp28-29.
  • Robinson, E.J.H.; Stockan, J.A.; Iason, G.R., (2016) Wood ants and their interaction with other organisms., In: Stockan, J.A. & Robinson, E.J.H. (eds.). Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation. Cambridge University Press, Chapter 8, pp177-206.
  • Iason, G.R.; Dicke, M.; Hartley, S.E., (2012) Preface to - The ecology of plant secondary metabolites: from genes to global processes., In: Iason, G.R., Dicke, M. & Hartley, S.E. (eds.). The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: from Genes to Global Processes. Ecological Reviews,Cambridge University Press.
  • Iason, G.R.; Moore, B.D.; Lennon, J.J.; Stockan, J.A.; Osler, G.H.R.; Russell, J.R.; Campbell, C.D.; Sim, D.A.; Beaton, J.R., (2012) Plant secondary metabolite polymorphisms and the extended chemical phenotype., In: Iason, G.R., Dicke, M. & Hartley, S.E. (eds.). The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: from Genes to Global Processes. Ecological Reviews, Cambridge University Press. Chapter 13, pp247-268.
  • Iason, G.R.; Dicke, M.; Hartley, S.E., (2012) The integrative roles of plant secondary metabolites in natural systems : a synthesis., In: Iason, G.R., Dicke, M. & Hartley, S.E. (eds.). The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: from Genes to Global Processes. Ecological Reviews, Cambridge University Press. Chapter 1, pp1-8.
  • Iason, G.R.; Dicke, M.; Hartley, S.E. (eds.), (2012) The ecology of plant secondary metabolites: from genes to global processes., Ecological Reviews, Cambridge University Press.
  • Iason, G.R.; Hulbert, I.A.R.; Hewson, R.; Dingerkus, K., (2008) The mountain hare (Lepus timidus)., In: Harris, S. & Yalden, D.W. (eds.). The Handbook of British Mammals. 4th edition, The Mammal Society, 200-228.
  • Hester, A.J.; Lempa, K.; Neuvonen, S.; Hoegh, K.; Feilberg, J.; Arnthorsdottir, S.; Iason, G.R., (2006) Birch sapling responses to severity and timing of domestic herbivore browsing - implications for management., In: Plant Ecology, Herbivory and Human Impact in Nordic Mountain Birch Forests (eds. F.E. Wielgolaski). Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, pp139-155.
  • Hester, A.J.; Bergman, M.; Iason, G.R.; Moen, J., (2006) Impacts of large herbivores on plant community structure and dynamics., In: Large Herbivore Ecology, Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation (eds. K. Danell, R. Bergstrom, P. Duncan and J. Pastor). Cambridge University Press, pp97-141
  • Iason, G.R.; van Wieren, S.E., (1999) Digestive and ingestive adaptations of mammalian herbivores to low-quality forage., In: Herbivores: between Plants and Predators, 38th Symposium of the British Ecological Society (eds. H. Olff, V.K. Brown and R.H. Drent). Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, pp337-369.

  • Newey, S.; Fletcher, K.; Potts, J.; Iason, G.R., (2018) Developing a counting methodology for mountain hares (Lepus timidus) in Scotland., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No.1022, 104pp.
  • Brooker, R.; Mitchell, R.J.; Iason, G.; Stone, D., (2017) The application of resilience to conservation of the natural environment., Resilience 2017 Edinburgh Workshop, Silvan House, Edinburgh, 26 October 2017. Final meeting notes circulated to Workshop attendees and also made available via Theme 1 web pages.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Pakeman, R.J.; Ellis, C.; George, T.; Iason, G.; Gilbert, L.; Artz, R,.R.E.; Irvine, R.J.; McVittie, A.; Newey, S.; Mitchell, R.; Gimona, A.; Fischer, A.; Begg, G.; Maxwell, J., (2017) Ecosystems and Land Use Stakeholders Engagement Group (ELSEG) Workshop Report., Workshop, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, 20 November 2017.
  • Iason, G.R.; Sim, D.A.; Moore, B.D., (2014) Scottish Beaver Trial: Woodland monitoring 2012 report., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report.
  • Iason, G.R.; Sim, D.A.; Brewer, M.J.; Moore, B.D., (2014) The Scottish beaver trial: woodland monitoring 2009-2013, final report., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 788.
  • Littlewood, N.A.; Campbell, R.D.; Dinnie, L.; Gilbert, L.; Hooper, R.; Iason, G.; Irvine, R.J.; Kilshaw, L.; Kitchener, A.; Lackova, P.; Newey, S.; Ogden, R.; Ross, A., (2014) Survey and scoping of wildcat priority areas., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No 768.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Broome, A.; Harmer, R.; Beaton, J.K.; Bellamy, P.E.; Brooker, R.W.; Duncan, R.; Ellis, C.J.; Hester, A.J.; Hodgetts, N.G.; Iason, G.R.; Littlewood, N.A.; Mackinnon, M.; Pakeman, R.J.; Pozsgai, G.; Ramsey S.; Riach, D.; Stockan, J. A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Woodward, S., (2014) Assessing and addressing the impacts of ash dieback on UK woodlands and trees of conservation importance (Phase 2)., Natural England Report.
  • Littlewood, N.A.; Dinnie, E.; Gilbert, L.; Hooper, R.J.; Iason, G.R.; Irvine, R.J.; Lackova, P.; Newey, S., (2013) Scoping and survey of wildcat priority areas: interim report., Unpublished Report to Scottish Natural Heritage, November 2013.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Bailey, S.; Beaton, J.K.; Bellamy, P.E.; Brooker, R.W.; Broome, A.; Chetcuti, J.; Eaton, S.; Ellis, C.J.; Farren, J.; Gimona, A.; Goldberg, E.; Hall, J.; Harmer, R.; Hester, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Hodgetts, N.G.; Hooper, R.J.; Howe, L.; Iason, G.R.; Kerr, G.; Littlewood, N.A.; Morgan, V.; Newey, S.; Potts, J.M.; Pozsgai, G.; Ray, D.; Sim, D.A.; Stockan, J.A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Woodward, S., (2013) Ash dieback: impacts on other species and understanding the ecology of ash., Report to JNCC.
  • Moore, B.D.; Sim, D.A.; Iason, G.R., (2013) The Scottish beaver trial: woodland monitoring 2011., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 525.
  • Pakeman, R,J.; Beale, C.; Brooker, R,; Chamberlain, D.; Demars, B.O.L.; Iason, G.R.; McLeod, J.; Littlewood, N.; Lisewski, V.; Taylor, A.F.S., (2011) Prioritising species and habitat actions by Local Biodiversity Action Partnerships in Scotland., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Moore, B.D.; Sim, D.; Iason, G.R., (2011) The Scottish beaver trial: woodland monitoring 2010., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 462.
  • Newey, S.J.; Potts, J.; Baines, D.; Castillo, U.; Duncan, M.; Harrison, A.; Ramsay, S.; Thirgood, S.J.; Iason, G.R., (2011) Development of a reliable method for estimating mountain hare numbers., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.444.
  • Moore, B.D.; Iason, G.R.; Sim, D., (2010) The Scottish beaver trial: Woodland monitoring 2009., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No 393.
  • Newey, S.J.; Potts, J.M.; Iason, G.R.; Baines, D.; Harrison, A.; Ramsay, S.; Duncan, M.; Castillo, U.; Thirgood, S.J., (2009) Development of a reliable method for estimating mountain hare numbers., Scottish Natural Heritage Interim Report.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Beale, C.M.; Britton, A.J.; Brooker, R.W.; Iason, G.R.; Langan, S.J.; Littlewood, N.A; Westaway, S., (2008) Evaluation of UK Biodiversity Action plan revised targets for Scotland., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Kinrade, V.; Ewald, J.; Smith, A.; Newey, S.J.; Iason, G.R..; Thirgood, S.J.; Raynor, R., (2008) The distribution of mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in Scotland (2006/07)., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.278 (ROAME No. F05AC701).
  • Newey, S.J.; Iason, G.R.; Raynor, R., (2008) The conservation status and management of mountain hares., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No. 287, 33pp. (ROAME No. F05AC316).
  • Moberg, L.; Mayes, R.W.; Iason, G.R., (1999) An integrated approach to radionuclide flow in semi-natural ecosystems underlying exposure pathways to man., Final Report to EC DGXI, Radionuclide Protection Programme. Swedish Radiological Protection Institute.
  • Hester, A.J.; Iason, G.R.; Stolte, A.; Sim, D., (1998) 1997 Vegetation survey; Abernethy Forest RSPB Nature Reserve., Contract Report to RSPB.

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