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Rebekka Artz

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Post Doctoral Research Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I investigate the ecology and ecosystem functions of microbiota in peatland ecosystems. My interest in these ecosystems started with my position as a post doc on the EU Framework 5 RECIPE project, which investigated whether microbial community structure, their functions, and, ultimately, organic matter composition in heavily degraded ombrotrophic peatlands would be ameliorated following either unaided regeneration of the surface vegetation or active restoration efforts.

Current research interests

My research has now widened its scope to include research on peatland restoration as well as studying the effects of anthropogenic activities such as climate change and increased N deposition on carbon cycling in peatlands and other organic soils such as upland heathlands. We are using state of the art stable isotope techniques to determine the fate of carbon both in laboratory experiments and in the field. I have a special interest in the diversity and function of ericoid mycorrhizal and dark septate endophytic fungi in peatland ecosystems.

Some examples of ongoing work in the Research group can be found in the following pages for the Peatland Microbiology Group (Macaulay Institute):

The group has access to a wide variety of interesting field sites, a fully equipped molecular biology laboratory, excellent growth room and stable isotope facilities. I am also affiliated with the Aberdeen Mycorrhiza Research Group. We welcome visiting researchers and frequently have positions for PhD, MSc and placement students. Please contact me if you are interested in working with us.

From: Artz, R.R.E. (In press). Microbial community structure and carbon substrate use in Northern peatlands. In: Northern Peatlands and Carbon Cycling. A.Baird, L. Belyea, X. Comas, A. & L. Slater (eds.). American Geophysical Union Monograph Series.


  • Artz, R.R.E.; Semple, K.T.; Killham, K.; Prosser, J.I.; Paton, G.I. (2002) The potential for anaerobic mineralisation of hydrocarbon constituents of oily drill cuttings from the North Sea seabed., Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 4, 553-557.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Killham, K. (2002) Survival of Escherichia coli O157 : H7 in private drinking water wells: influences of protozoan grazing and elevated copper concentrations., FEMS Microbiology Letters, 216, 117-122.
  • van der Maarel, M.J.E.C., Artz, R.R.E., Haanstra, R., and Forney, L.J. (1998) Association of marine archaea with the digestive tracts of two marine fish species., Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 64, 2894-2898.
  • van der Giezen, M.; Sjollema, K.A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Alkema, W.; Prins, R.A. (1997) Hydrogenosomes in the anaerobic fungus Neocallimastix frontalis have a double membrane but lack an associated organelle genome., FEBS Letters, 408, 147-150.

  • Grelet, G.; Martino, E.; Dickie, I.A.; Tajuddin, R.; Artz, R.R.E. (2016) Ecology of Ericoid Mycorrhizal fungi: what insight have we gained with molecular tools and what’s missing?, In: Martin, F. (ed.). Molecular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis. Wiley-Blackwell, Chapter 22, pp405-420.
  • Artz, R.R.E. (2009) Microbial community structure and carbon substrate use in Northern peatlands., In: Northern Peatlands and Carbon Cycling (eds. A. Baird, L. Belyea, X. Comas, A. Reeve and L. Slater). American Geophysical Union, pp111-129.

  • Artz, R.R.E.; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and contributors (2020) Peatland mapping and monitoring - Recommendations and technical overview., Report to FAO.
  • Rivington, M.; Spencer, M.; Gimona, A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Ball, J. (2019) Snow cover and climate change in the Cairngorms National Park: Summary assessment., ClimateXChange Website, December 2019, 31pp.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Ball, J.; Gimona, A.; Blake, D.; McBride, A. (2019) Access to peatland for restoration - physical limitations., ClimateXChange Report, 8pp.
  • Coyle, M.; Khomik, M.; Artz, R.R.E.; Yelaputri, J. (2019) Carbon storage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from restored peatlands., Project Progress Report, April 2019.
  • Evans, C.; Artz, R.R.E.; Moxley, J.; Smyth, M.A.; Taylor, E.; Archer, N.; Burden, A.; Williamson, J.; Donnelly, D.; Aitkenhead, M.; Thomson, A.; Buys, G.; Malcolm, H.; Wilson, D.; Renou-Wilson, F. (2019) Implementation of an emissions inventory for UK peatlands., Report to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor, 88pp.
  • Eastwood, A.; Juarez Bourke, A.; Lorenzo-Arribas, A.; Fischer, A.; Herrett, S.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Hague, A.; Pakeman, R.J.; Hester, A.J.; Artz, R.R.E. (2018) Glen Creran Woods: Exploring the perceived impacts of different management interventions on woodland benefits., Workshop Report, Appin Village Hall, Port Appin, Argyll, 23 April 2018, 18pp.
  • Donaldson-Selby, G.H.; Artz, R.R.E. (2018) Visualisation of peatland restoration., Report for RESAS 1.1.2., James Hutton Institute, 3pp.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Faccioli, M.; Roberts, M.; Anderson, R. (2018) Peatland restoration - a comparative analysis of the costs and merits of different restoration methods., Report for ClimateXChange Scotland Website, Final report, March 2018, 48pp.
  • Williamson, J.; Morton, D.; Artz, R.R.E.; Burden, A.; Rowland, C.; Tornero, L.; O’Neill, A.; Poggio, L.; Khomik, M.; Donnelly, D.; Evans, C.D. (2018) The role of earth observation in an integrated framework for assessing peatland habitat condition and its impact on greenhouse gas accounting., Final Report to Defra, Project number MI07.
  • 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.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Poggio, L.; Donnelly, D.; Aitkenhead, M.J. (2017) Comparison of remote sensing approaches for detection of peatland drainage in Scotland., Report for CxC website.
  • Taylor, E.; Smyth, M-A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D.; Aitkenhead, M.; Evans, C.; Moxley, J.; Archer, N.J. (2017) Activity data for drainage and rewetting of organic soils 1990-2013., Report to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Work package 4 Project report, not for external publication), 37pp.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D.; Evans, C.; Williamson, J.; Moxley, J.; Smyth, M-A.; Taylor, E.; Archer, N. (2017) Sourcing and compilation of baseline activity data., Report to the UK Government Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 102pp. (Project report, Task 4.1, not for external publication).
  • Taylor, E.; Smyth, M.A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D.; Aitkenhead, M.; Evans, C.; Moxley, J.; Archer, N. (2016) Activity data for drainage and rewetting of organic soils 1990-2013., Workpackage Report to the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
  • Irvine, R.J.; Miller, D.R.; Artz, R.R.E.; Brooker, R.; Chapman, S.J.; Newey, S.; Hester, A.J.; Pakeman, R.J. (2016) Scoping a strategic vision for the uplands: A response from the James Hutton Institute., Response to a Consultation for Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Potts, J.; Chapman, S.; Wilson, D.; Heinemeyer, A.; Evans, C.; Renou-Wilson, F. (2016) Emission factors applicable to UK peatlands., Workpackage Report to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
  • Aitkenhead, M.; Poggio, L.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Gimona, A.; Artz, R.R.E. (2016) Detection of peatland drainage with remote sensing - a scoping study., Technical Report to CxC Directorate.
  • Towers, W.; Chapman, S.J.; Artz, R.R.E.; Miller, D.R. (2015) Carbon-rich soil, deep peat and priority peatland habitats map., Consultation response to Scottish Natural Heritage from the James Hutton Institute.
  • Chapman, S.J.; Artz, R.R.E.; Poggio, L. (2015) Determination of organic carbon stocks in blanket peat soils in different condition - assessment of peat condition., Final Project Report to SEPA (TT1401).
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D.; Aitkenhead, M.; Balana, B.; Chapman, S. (2014) WISE Peatland Choices - A decision support tool for peatland restoration in Scotland., Version 2- September 2014, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 16pp.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D.; Aitkenhead, M.; Balana, B.; Chapman, S.J. (2013) WISE peatland choices - a decision support tool for peatland restoration in Scotland., ClimateXChange Scotland, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.
  • Reed, M.S.; Bonn, A.; Evans, C.; Josten, H.; Bain, B.; Farmer, J.; Emmer, I.; Couwenberg, J.; Moxey, A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Tannerberger, F.; Von Unger, M.; Smyth, M.; Birnie, R.V.; Inman, I.; Smith, S.; Quick, T.; Cowap, C.; Prior, S. (2013) Towards the development of a UK peatland code. Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) pilot research project., Defra PES Pilot Code Final Report.
  • 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.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D.; Cuthbert, A.; Evans, C.; Smart, S.; Reed, M.; Kenter, J.; Clark, J. (2013) Restoration of lowland raised bogs in Scotland: emissions savings and the implications of a changing climate on lowland raised bog condition., Final report. Commissioned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Artz, R.R.E.; Birch, A.N.E.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Cummins, R.; Flanigan, S.; Hallet, P.; Irvine, R.J.; Kenyon, W.; Pakeman, R.J., Prager, K.; Slee, B.; Squire, G.; Stutter, M.; Sutherland, L.; Thomson, K.; Towers, W.; Vinten, A.J.A. (2012) Developing agri-environmental measures for the next Scottish Rural Development Programme: a summary of relevant research findings from the James Hutton Institute., Report to the Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division, SRDP Technical Working Group (Agri-Environment), 11pp, 25 June 2012.
  • Chapman, S.J.; Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D. (2012) Carbon savings from peat restoration., Climate XChange Enquiry Number 1205-02, Edinburgh, ClimateXChange.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Chapman, S.J.; Donnelly, D.; Matthews, R. (2012) Potential abatement from peatland restoration., Briefing Note to Scottish Government.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Donnelly, D.; Andersen, R.; Mitchell, R.; Chapman, S.J.; Smith, J.; Smith, P.; Cummins, R.; Balana, B.; Cuthbert, A. (2012) Managing and restoring blanket bog to benefit biodiversity and carbon balance - a scoping study., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report.
  • Worrall, F.; Chapman, P.; Holden, J.; Evans, C.; Artz, R.R.E.; Smith, P.; Grayson, R. (2011) Climate change mitigations and adaptation potential., IUCN UK Peatland Programme Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands.
  • Evans, C.; Worrall, F.; Holden, J.; Chapman, P.; Smith, P.; Artz, R.R.E. (2011) A programme to address evidence gaps in the greenhouse gas and carbon fluxes from UK peatlands., JNCC Report 443, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough, June 2011.

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