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Robin Pakeman

Staff picture: Robin Pakeman
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Plant Ecologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Robin is a researcher at the Institute focussing on the management and functioning of biodiversity in a range of Scottish ecosystems. He currently leads a workpackage, Functioning of Species, Habitats and Ecosystems, as part of the Scottish Government funded research programme on Environment - Land Use and Rural Stewardship. He is an Editor of Biological Conservation and a Subject Editor for Oikos. He is a Visiting Professor in the School of Biological Science at the University of Liverpool and an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. He is an author of over ninety refereed publications and numerous reports to government departments and statutory agencies.

Current research interests

His current research covers the following areas:

  • The role of plant functional traits in ecosystem function,
  • Long-term land use and biodiversity change on the Machair,
  • Prioritisation of species and habitats for conservation,
  • Upland management for biodiversity, and
  • The impact of tree regeneration on moorland biodiversity.

He also maintains an interest in previous areas of research including:

  • The role large mammals play as seed dispersal agents,
  • Bracken ecology and control,
  • The role of seedbanks in vegetation dynamics, and
  • The impact of management on vegetation dynamics.

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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.