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Richard Hewison

Staff picture: Richard Hewison
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Research Assistant - Plant Ecology
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Richard is a Research Assistant in vegetation ecology. He has worked in a wide variety of habitats including mountains, moorlands, woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and coastal plant communities throughout Scotland.

Current research interests

He has a particular interest in the ecology of lower plant groups such as bryophytes and lichens. Recently he has been involved with re-visiting a large dataset of vegetation records from the 1960's and 70's investigating the effects of long term changes in relation to land management and climate change. Consultancy work has mainly involved vegetation monitoring of The Scottish Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme and herbivore impact assessments for Scottish Natural Heritage, The Deer Commission for Scotland and private landholders.


  • Mitchell, R.; Hewison, R.; Britton, A.; Pakeman, R.J.; Hester, A. (2016) Long-term changes in Scottish grassland plant communities., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.). Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp4-5.

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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.