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Robin Matthews

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Honorary Fellow
robin.matthews@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Robin has a background in plant science, and for over 35 years has been involved in modelling biological systems, ranging from the gene level to the global level. He has had a long experience in crop modelling, particularly of tropical crops, having developed models of Eucalyptus, cassava, and tea production, and has modelled the impact of climate change on rice production systems in Asia. Subsequently, he extended this work to soil processes, which has included work on methane emissions from rice agriculture, carbon sequestration under biomass plantations in the UK, the sustainability of carbon and nitrogen in cropping systems in Nepal, and symbiotic nitrogen fixation while a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University in Japan in 2003.

Robin currently acts as Leader of the Natural Assets Theme of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme at the James Hutton Institute, and is also responsible for coordinating climate change activities across the Institute, particularly in relation to the ClimateXChange initiative providing policy advice to the Scottish Government. He is a member of the Scottish Government Agriculture and Climate Change Strategy Group (ACCSG), and a member of the Global Steering Group of the CGIAR's ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins.

Current research interests

Robin's overall research interests are in the processes of change and adaptation in coupled socio-ecological systems in response to external drivers, and in using complex adaptive systems ideas and integrated modelling approaches, including agent-based models, to understand these processes. He is particularly interested in exploring these ideas in relation to mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and to the provision of ecosystem services.

He currently coordinates the EU-FP7 REDD-ALERT project on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), a collaboration of 12 partners in Europe, Indonesia, Cameroon, Peru and Vietnam. The aim of the project includes evaluating mechanisms for translating REDD benefits received at the national level into incentives for reducing deforestation at the local level. A related project, funded by Defra, reviewed approaches to estimating baselines for calculating REDD credits. As part of this work, he represented MLURI as a non-governmental organisation at the UNFCCC CoP14 (Poznan, 2008) and CoP15 (Copenhagen, 2009), and was an invited speaker by the EU on tropical deforestation at both events.

Over his career, Robin has been successful in winning more than £9.8 million in research funding.

Bibliography

  • Desbiez, A.; Matthews, R.B.; Tripathi, B.; Ellis-Jones, J., (2004) Perceptions and assessment of soil fertility by farmers in the mid hills of Nepal., Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 103, 191-206.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2003) Rice production, climate change and methane emissions: adaptation and mitigation options., In: Proceedings of the International Rice Research Conference, 16-19 September 2002, Beijing, China. International Rice Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China, pp585-598.
  • Panda, R.K.; Stephens, W.; Matthews, R.B., (2003) Modelling the influence of irrigation on the potential yield of tea (Camellia sinensis) in north-east India., Experimental Agriculture, 39, 181-198.
  • Matthews, R.B.;Wassmann, R., (2003) Modelling the impacts of climate change and methane emission reductions on rice production: a review., European Journal of Agronomy, 19, 573-598.
  • Graves, A.; Matthews, R.B.; Waldie, K.J., (2003) Low external input technologies for livelihood improvement in subsistence agriculture., Advances in Agronomy, 82, 473-555.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Stephens, W., (2002) Concluding remarks., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Where to now with crop modelling?, In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 15, pp209-229.
  • Matthews, R.B., Stephens, W. and Hess, T., (2002) Impacts of crop/soil models., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK.
  • Graves, A., Hess, T. and Matthews, R.B., (2002) Using models as tools in education and training., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK. Chapter 12, pp151-182.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Wassmann, R., (2002) Global level processes., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 7, pp79-92.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Regional and national planning., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 6, pp69-77.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Crop management., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK, Chapter 5.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Crop genotype improvement., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 3, pp13-28.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Models as research tools., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 2, pp9-12.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Introduction., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 1, pp1-5.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Stephens, W. (eds.), (2002) Crop-soil models: Applications in developing countries., CAB International, Wallingford, UK. 277pp. ISBN: 0 85199 563 2.
  • Graves, A.R., Hess, T.M., Matthews, R.B., Stephens, W. and Middleton, T., (2002) Crop simulation models as tools in computer laboratory and classroom-based education., Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 31, 48-54.
  • Matthews, R.B.; Stephens, W.; Hess, T.M.; Middleton, T.; Graves, A.R., (2002) Applications of crop/soil simulation models in tropical agricultural systems., Advances in Agronomy, 76, 31-124.
  • Grogan, P. and Matthews, R.B., (2002) A modelling analysis of the potential for soil carbon sequestration under short rotation coppice willow bioenergy plantations., Soil Use and Management, 18, 175-183.
  • Matthews, R.B., Wassmann , R. and Knox, J.W., (2000) Coupling crop and soil models to simulate methane emissions from rice fields in Asia., Journal of Agricultural Science, 135, 326-327.
  • Matthews, R.B., Wassmann, R., Knox, J. and Buendia, L., (2000) Using a crop/soil simulation model and GIS techniques to assess methane emissions from rice fields in Asia. IV. Upscaling of crop management scenarios to national levels., Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 58, 201-217.
  • Knox, J., Matthews, R.B. and Wassmann, R., (2000) Using a crop/soil simulation model and GIS techniques to assess methane emissions from rice fields in Asia. III. Databases., Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 58,179-199.
  • Matthews, R.B., Wassmann, R., Buendia, L. and Knox, J.W., (2000) Using a crop/soil simulation model and GIS techniques to assess methane emissions from rice fields in Asia. II. Model validation and sensitivity analysis., Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 58,161-177.
  • Matthews, R.B., Wassmann, R. and Arah, J., (2000) Using a crop/soil simulation model and GIS techniques to assess methane emissions from rice fields in Asia. I. Model development., Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 58, 141-159.
  • Olszyk, D.M., Centeno, H.G.S., Ziska, L.H.,Kern, J.S. and Matthews, R.B., (1999) Global change, rice productivity and methane emissions: comparison of simulated and experimental results., Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 97, 87-101.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Stephens, W., (1998) CUPPA-Tea: A simulation model describing seasonal yield variation and potential production of tea. II. Biomass production and water use., Experimental Agriculture, 34, 369-389.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Stephens, W., (1998) CUPPA-Tea: A simulation model describing seasonal yield variation and potential production of tea. I. Shoot development and extension., Experimental Agriculture, 34, 345-367.
  • Matthews, R.B.; Stephens, W., (1998) The role of photoperiod in determining seasonal yield variation in tea., Experimental Agriculture, 34, 323-340.
  • Singh, U.; Matthews, R.B.; Griffin, T.S.; Ritchie, J.T.; Hunt, L.A.; Goenaga, R., (1997) Modeling growth and development ofroot and tuber crops., In: Understanding Options for Agricultural Production, Chapter VII. Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht.
  • Matthews, R.B., Kropff, M.J., Horie, T. and Bachelet, D., (1997) Simulating the impact of climate change on rice production in Asia and evaluating options for adaptation., Agricultural Systems, 54, 399-425.

  • Gupta, J.; Shin, H.Y.; Matthews, R.B.; Meyfroidt, P.; Kuik, O., (2012) The forest transition, the drivers of deforestation and governance approaches., In: Gupta, J., van der Grijp, N. & Kuik, O. (eds.). Climate Change, Forests and REDD: Lessons for Institutional Design. Routledge, London and New York, pp25-51.
  • Gupta, J.; Matthews, R.B.; Minang, P.; van Noordwijk, M.; Kuik, O.; van der Grijp, N., (2012) Climate change and forests: From the Noordwijk Declaration to REDD., In: Gupta, J., van der Grijp, N. & Kuik, O. (eds.). Climate Change, Forests and REDD: Lessons for Institutional Design. Routledge, London and New York, pp1-24.
  • Gupta, J.: Matthews, R.B.; Meyfroidt, P.; Haug, C.; Kuik, O.; van der Grijp, N., (2012) The future of forests., In: Gupta, J., van der Grijp, N. & Kuik, O. (eds.). Climate Change, Forests and REDD: Lessons for Institutional Design. Routledge, London and New York, pp229-258.
  • Singh, S.J.; Haberl, H.; Gauble, V.; Grunbuhel, C.M.; Lisivieveci, P.; Lutz, J.; Matthews, R.B.; Mirtl, M.; Vadineanu, A.; Wildenberg, M., (2010) Conceptualising long-term socio-ecological research (LTSER): Integrating the social dimension., In: Muller, F., Schubert, H. & Klotz, S. (eds.). Long-Term Ecological Research: Between Theory and Application. Springer, Berlin, pp377-398.
  • Eitzinger, J.; Thaler, S.; Orlandini, S.; Nejedlik, P.; Kazandjiev, V.; Vucetic, V.; Sivertsen, T.H.; Mihailovic, D.T.; Lalic, B.; Tsiros, E.; Dalezios, N.R.; Susnik, A.; Kersebaum, C.K.C.; Holden, N.M.; Matthews, R.B., (2009) Agroclimatic indices and simulation models., In: Survey of Agrometeorological Practices and Applications in Europe regarding Climate Change Impacts (eds. P. Nejedlijk and S. Orlandini). Cost Action 734: Impact of Climate Change and Variability on European Agriculture. European Science Foundation, Florence, Italy, pp15-114.
  • Matthews, R.B.; van Noordwijk, M.; Gijsman, A.J.; Cadisch, G., (2004) Models of below-ground interactions: their valididty, applicability, and beneficiaries., In: Belowground Interactions in Tropical Agroecosystems: Concepts and Models with Multiple Plant Components (eds. M. Van Noordwijk, G. Cadisch and C.K. Ong). Chapter 3, Wallingford, CAB International, pp41-60.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2003) Rice production, climate change and methane emissions: adaptation and mitigation options., In: Proceedings of the International Rice Research Conference, 16-19 September 2002, Beijing, China. International Rice Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China, pp585-598.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Stephens, W., (2002) Concluding remarks., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Where to now with crop modelling?, In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 15, pp209-229.
  • Matthews, R.B., Stephens, W. and Hess, T., (2002) Impacts of crop/soil models., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK.
  • Graves, A., Hess, T. and Matthews, R.B., (2002) Using models as tools in education and training., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK. Chapter 12, pp151-182.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Wassmann, R., (2002) Global level processes., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 7, pp79-92.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Regional and national planning., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 6, pp69-77.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Crop management., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK, Chapter 5.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Crop genotype improvement., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 3, pp13-28.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Models as research tools., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 2, pp9-12.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Introduction., In: Crop-Soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). CAB International, Wallingford, UK., Chapter 1, pp1-5.
  • Matthews, R.B., (2002) Who are models targeted at., In: Crop-soil Simulation Models: Applications in Developing Countries (eds. R.B. Matthews and W. Stephens). Chapter 13, CAB International, Wallingford, pp185-193.
  • Matthews, R.B. and Stephens, W. (eds.), (2002) Crop-soil models: Applications in developing countries., CAB International, Wallingford, UK. 277pp. ISBN: 0 85199 563 2.
  • Singh, U.; Matthews, R.B.; Griffin, T.S.; Ritchie, J.T.; Hunt, L.A.; Goenaga, R., (1997) Modeling growth and development ofroot and tuber crops., In: Understanding Options for Agricultural Production, Chapter VII. Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht.
  • Matthews, R.B., Kropff, M.J.,Bachelet, D. and van Laar, H.H. (eds.), (1995) Modeling the impact of climate change on rice production in Asia., IRRI/CAB International., Wallingford. 289pp. (ISBN 0-85198-959-4)
  • Aggarwal, P.K.; Matthews, R.B.; Kropff, M.J.; van Laar, H.H. (eds.), (1995) Applications of Systems Approaches in Plant Breeding., Proceedings of an International Workshop held at IRRI, 18 Apr - 6 May, 1994. SARP Research Proceedings, IRRI/AB-DLO. (ISBN 90-73384-32-X).
  • Matthews, R.B., Kropff, M.J., Bachelet, D., Horie, T. Moon Hee Lee, Centeno, H.G.S., Shin, J.C., Mohandass, S. Singh, S. and Defeng, Zhu., (1995) Modeling the impact of climate change on rice production in Asia., In: Climate Change and Rice (ed. S. Peng, K.T. Ingram, U. Neue and L. Ziska). Springer Verlag. pp314-325.
  • Matthews, R.B., Kropff, M.J., Thiyagarajan, T.M. and Kareem, A.A. (eds.), (1994) The development, testing and application of crop models simulating the potential production of rice., Proceedings of an international workshop held in Tamil Nadu, India, 20-24 January 1993. SARP Research Proceedings, IRRI/AB-DLO. (ISBN 90-73384-20-6).
  • Kropff, M.J., van Laar, H.H. and Matthews, R.B. (eds.)., (1994) ORYZA1: An ecophysiological model for irrigated rice production., SARP Research Proceedings, IRRI/AB-DLO. (ISBN 90-73384-23-0).

  • Rees, R.M.; Buckingham, S.; Chapman, S.J.; Jones, S.; Lilly, A.; Mathews, R.B.; Morison, J.I.L.; Perks, M.; Vanguelova, E.I.; Yamulki, S.; Yeluripati, J., (2018) Soil carbon and land use in Scotland., Final Report to ClimateXChange, Rapid Evidence Assessment.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Miller, D.G.; Baggaley, N.; Lilly, A.; Matthews, R.B.; Fitton, N.; Jones, E.; Smith, J.; Smith, P.; Perks, M.; Bathgate, S.; Taylor, P.; Ray, D., (2017) Analysis of the net change in carbon stocks from future forestry planting in Scotland., Meeting with Forestry Commission Scotland and Climate Exchange Directorate Staff, ECCI, Edinburgh, 23 January 2017.
  • Morrison, J.I.L.; Matthews, R.B. (eds.), (2016) Agriculture and forestry climate change impacts summary report., Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Network (with additional support from the Scottish Government), 24pp. ISBN 978-0-9934074-0-6.
  • Melo, P.C.; Abdul-Salam, Y.; Roberts, D.; Gilbert, A.; Matthews, R.B.; Cohen, L.; Sebastien, M.; Gomez Y Paloma, S., (2015) Income elasticities of food demand in Africa: a meta-analysis., JRC Technical Report, EUR 27650 EN, Publications Office of the European Union.
  • Waldron, S.; Yeluripati, J.B.; Saunders, M.; Conniff, A.; Chapman, S.J.; Miller, D.G.; Matthews, R.B.; Smith, J.; Govan, S., (2015) The peatland carbon calculator - its use and future potential., CXC Final Report, 14 December 2015, 92pp.
  • Waldron, S.; Yeluripati, J.B.; Saunders, M.; Conniff, A.; Chapman, S.J.; Miller, D.; Matthews, R.B.; Smith, J.; Govan, S., (2015) Use of and priorities for extending the Peatland Carbon Calculator., Draft Report to CxC.
  • Fielding, D.A.; Matthews, R., (2015) Review of implications of land use change on climate change mitigation and adaption., Report to the Scottish Government.
  • Hough, R.L.; Bengough, A.G.; Chapman, S.J.; Daniell, T.; Matthews, R.; Squire, G.; Towers, W.; White, P.J., (2014) Heat in the soil form (NIA-NGGT0017)., Interim Report for National Grid.
  • Munoz-Rojas, J.M.; Topp, K.; Ogston, M.; Pimblett, D.; Donnelly, D.; Lilly, A.; Towers, W.; Matthews, R.B., (2014) SRDP Report on draft final targeting maps and criteria., SRDP Spatial Targeting Project-Climate Change Working Group Report to Scottish Government and Final Version of the SRDP Spatial Targetting Tool.
  • Chapman, S.J.; Thomson, K.; Matthews, R.B., (2013) AFOLU accounting: implications for implementing peatland restoration - costs and benefits., CXC Enquiry Number 1208-01, Edinburgh, ClimateXChange.
  • Rivington, M.; Dinnie, E.; Craig, T.; Heslop, S.; Slee, B.; Matthews, R.; Nijnik, M.; Morris, S.; Stewart, D.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Dawson, L.A.; Daniell, T., (2013) Climate: public understanding and policy implications., The James Hutton Institute response to the UK Parliament House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry, April 2013.
  • McKee, A.; Dinnie, E.; Matthews, R., (2013) Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill., The James Hutton Institute Consultation Response to the Scottish Government.
  • Brown, I.; Dunn, S.M.; Matthews, K.B.; Poggio, L.; Sample, J.; Miller, D., (2012) Mapping of water supply-demand deficits with climate change in Scotland: land use implications., Technical Report, Centre of Expertise for Water (CREW).
  • Marsden, K.; Ebmeier, S.; Matthews, R., (2012) Peatlands and climate change., SPICe Briefing, 28/12, 20 April 2012.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Chapman, S.J.; Donnelly, D.; Matthews, R., (2012) Potential abatement from peatland restoration., Briefing Note to Scottish Government.
  • Smith, J.; Abegaz, A.; Avery, L.M.; Balana, B.B.; Davidson, G.; Edwards, S.; Eshete, G.; Hailemichael, K.; Leckie, S.; Lemna, B.; Mahteme, Y.; Melamu, R.; Mwirigi, J.; Naik, L.; Orskov, E.R.; Pertiwiningrum, A. Subedi, M.; Tumwesige, V.; Yilma, D.; Yongabi, K.; Zenebe, G.; Mugisha, J.; Glenk, K.; Walekhwa, P.; Casson, E.; Austin, G.; Bechtel, K.; Matthews, R.; Goude, P.; Semple, S.; Strachan, N., (2011) DFID Interdisciplinary expert workshops on the potential of small-scare biogas digesters in sub-Saharan Africa., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 16-18 May 2011. Report.
  • Smith, J.; Abegaz, A.; Avery, L.; Balana, B.; Davidson, G.; Edwards, S.; Eshete, G.; Hailemichael, K.; Leckie, S.; Lemna, B; Mahteme, Y.; Melamu, R.; Mwirigi, J.; Naik, L.; Orskov, B.; Pertiwiningrum, A.; Subedi, M.; Tumwesige, V.; Yilma, D.; Yongabi, K.; Zenebe, G.; Mugisha, J.; Glenk, K.; Walekhwa, P.; Casson, E.; Austin, G.; Bechtel, K.; Matthews, R.; Goude, P.; Semple, S.; Strachan, N., (2011) The potential of small-scale biogas digesters in Sub-Saharan Africa., DFID Interdisciplinary Expert Workshop on the Potential of Small-Scale Biogas Digesters in Sub-Saharan Africa, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 16-18 May 2011.
  • Moran, D.; MacLeod, M.; Wall, E.; Eory, V.; Pajot, G.; Matthews, R.B.; McVittie, A.; Barnes, A.; Rees, B.; Moxey, A.; Williams, A., (2008) UK marginal abatement cost curves for the agriculture and land use, land use change and forestry sectors out to 2022, with qualitative analysis of options to 2050., Final Report to the Committee on Climate Change, Report No. RMP4950. SAC Commercial Ltd, King's Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JG. 152pp.
  • Galbraith, D.; Smith, P.; Mortimer, N.; Stewart, R.; Hobson, M.; McPherson, G.; Matthews, R.; Mitchell, P.; Nijnik, M.; Norris, J.; Skiba, U.; Smith, J.; Towers, W., (2006) Review of greenhouse gas life cycle emissions, air pollution impacts and economics of biomass production and consumption in Scotland., Final Report to SEERAD, Project No. FF/05/08.
  • Matthews, R.B.; Gilbert, N.; Roach, A.; Polhill, J.G.; Gotts, N.M.; Izquierdo, L.R., (2005) Development of a rural economy and land use simulation modelling strategy., Final Project Report of RELU Development Activity RES-224-25-0102, Macaulay Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB158QH, UK.

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