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Rob Brooker

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Plant Ecologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Rob is a plant ecologist with over 16 year's experience of ecological research. He has extensive experience of ecology in a wide range of environments, including arctic, montane, alpine and semi-arid ecosystems, and currently undertakes research at sites across Scotland.

Current research interests

Rob's research includes work on the impacts of environmental change on biodiversity, and the ecology of rarity in Scottish vascular plants. Currently he is working on the development of risk assessment processes for determining the threats to biodiversity from climate change, as well as practical conservation measures for dealing with the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. In particular he is coordinating a partnership project with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) looking at the practicalities of applying assisted colonisation as a conservation tool during climate change.

As well as applied research, Rob is involved in fundamental research on related topics. He was Project Partner on a NERC-funded project examining the direct measurement of resource competition by plants along environmental gradients. Rob is also part of the Ecogradients Research Team (the Alpine Pals), an international group of researchers interested in examining the role of plant interactions in regulating the structure and functioning of plant communities in severe environments. In 2009 Rob coordinated the BES Symposium "Facilitation in Plant Communities" at the University of Aberdeen, and acted as Guest Editor for the Special Feature arising from the Symposium (Journal of Ecology, 2009, Issue 6).

Rob is a member of the Biodiversity Science Group of the Scottish Biodiversity Forum, and the Public and Policy Committee of the British Ecological Society. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.

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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.