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Rebekka Artz

Staff picture: Rebekka Artz
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Senior Research Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Twitter: @ArtzRebekka


I have more than 17 years of research experience in the ecology and ecosystem functions of peatland ecosystems and more than a decade of experience of providing links between science and policy, delivering land management decision support tools, policy briefings and expert opinions on Soils and Climate Change mitigation policy matters to Scottish and UK Governments. I have been an expert reviewer on the carbon benefits of peatland management to the UK and Scottish Governments as well as for various nature conservation agencies in the UK.

My publication metrics can be found here and you can read a case study of work on peatland restoration in the current RESAS 2016-2021 programme here. This includes findings from a wider team of colleagues at James Hutton Institute and SRUC (former and current staff).


Current research interests

Current research includes assessing remote sensing as a means to estimate the effectiveness of peatland restoration and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands in relation to climate change impacts and emissions mitigation potential.

One of my projects involves instrumenting and running peatland sites with eddy covariance equipment (CO2/H2O and CH4) in order to better understand the impact of regional climatic difference on GHG emissions. I currently manage a peatland eddy covariance tower at the highest elevation in the UK, and co-supervise a PhD studentship (with University of Western England) that will elucidate the hydrological effects of restoring eroded peatlands on this site. I am investigating the effects of various methods of peatland restoration on soil fungal community, vegetation structure, site hydrology and carbon dynamics in various field sites in one of the largest landscape scale restoration areas on blanket bog in Europe (Forsinard Flows). This research also aims to determine whether these methods are effective in areas that are likely to experience significantly lower rainfall in future decades. This will broaden our understanding of the (limits to) resilience of peatlands and the effect that drought/restoration management can have on this ecosystem’s capacity for carbon sequestration. A linked PhD project is investigating the impacts of climatic variability on peatlands, with University of Reading. Finally, I also currently lead a NERC Urgency project that seeks to understand the drivers of post-fire recovery of GHG fluxes in peatland.


CURRENT PROJECTS (in addition to RESAS 2016-2021 Strategic Research Programme)
2020-2021. Scottish Natural Heritage. Peatland Action equipment grant for new eddy covariance equipment. Principal Investigator, Value £453k.
2019-2020. Commercial confidential research contract, Principal Investigator. Value £49k.
2019-2020. NERC FIRE-RECOVER (Urgency Grant; 2019-2020) Assessing the greenhouse gas emissions post wildfire on restored peatland. Principal Investigator, with partners at University of Glasgow; University of the Highlands and Islands, RSPB Scotland, and University of Edinburgh. Value £67.3k

- Gillian Donaldson-Selby (University of Western England) 2018 – present. Understanding and evaluating peatland degradation and restoration dynamics through hydrological monitoring and modelling

- Linda Toca (University of Reading) 2019- present. Analysis of peatland carbon dynamics using combined optical and microwave satellite data

- Will Pallier, starting October 2020 (University of Aberdeen & Universty of Highlands and Islands)

Past research

Previous PhD students:

Helen Gordon (2007); Clare Trinder (2007), Hannah Toberman (2008), Pauline Currey (2008); Sam Quin (2012); Mike Whitfield (2012), Ully Kritzler (2013); Ainoa Pravia (2018); Kirsten Lees (2019)


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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.