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Research Interests
  • Plant community ecology, vegetation dynamics and succession
  • Ecology and management of agricultural systems for biodiversity conservation, especially species-rich lowland grasslands
  • Restoration ecology, habitat creation, colonisation of new sites by plants and their associated invertebrates
  • Landscape character, drivers of landscape change, cultural value of rural landscapes
  • Evaluation of interaction between agricultural and environmental policies, agri-environment schemes, Biodiversity Action Plans

2014-date Head: Agri-Environment Group, SAPD, University of Reading
2012-2014 Head, Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division, SAPD, University of Reading
2009-date Senior Lecturer in Environmental Land Management, University of Reading
2007-2009 Lecturer in Agriculture and Environment, University of Reading
2003-2014 Assistant Director, Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, University of Reading
2000-2003 Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, University of Reading
1998-2000 Programme Leader - Land Use Change, CABI Bioscience
1996-1998 Post-doctoral Research Assistant, International Institute of Entomology
1993-1995 Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Imperial College at Silwood Park
1989-1993 PhD University of Cambridge
1984-1987 BSc University College London