Vanessa Burton

Vanessa Burton
The Woodland Trust · Conservation Outcomes & Evidence

PhD

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Introduction
My research interests include landscape scale conservation, socio-economic dimensions around land use change, and methods for woodland creation (in particular natural colonisation and montane woodland restoration). I am working at the interface between science, practice, and policy, and am keen to input to or facilitate research which addresses knowledge gaps relating to woodland creation in the UK.
Additional affiliations
May 2019 - November 2021
Forest Research - Forestry Commission UK
Position
  • Researcher
September 2015 - March 2020
The University of Edinburgh
Position
  • PhD
September 2014 - September 2015
Forest Research - Forestry Commission UK
Position
  • Analyst
Education
September 2013 - August 2014
The University of Edinburgh
Field of study
  • Environmental Sustainability
September 2009 - August 2012
University of Exeter
Field of study
  • Geography

Publications

Publications (10)
Article
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Context Despite woodland expansion being advocated via a number of Scottish policy documents, barriers to woodland creation remain. These include contested views about land use, concerns about trade-offs between ecosystem services, and a lack of synergy between policies and plans. Objectives To use existing published sources and stakeholder feedba...
Conference Paper
Title Landscape-scale conservation: the role of space and time in the realisation of biodiversity benefits Authors Nick Synes1, Kevin Watts2, Kamil Barton3, Stephen Palmer3, Justin Travis3 Affiliations 1 Institute of Complex Systems Simulation, University of Southampton, University Road, SO30 3HF, UK. 2 Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham, S...
Article
This study investigated the environmental health risks to soil and potential risks to groundwater associated with long term (8-18years) greywater disposal practices. Land application of greywater is likely to have environmental impacts, which may be positive or negative. Greywater can contain plant macronutrients that may benefit plant growth. Conv...
Article
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Forests provide important ecosystem services and renewable materials. Yet, under a future climate, optimal conditions will likely shift outside the current range for some tree species. This will challenge the persistence of populations to rely on inherent plasticity and genetic diversity to acclimate or adapt to future uncertain conditions. An oppo...
Preprint
We aim to 1) understand the synergies and trade-offs in ecosystem services generated by woodland expansion under alternative visions, and 2) understand how novel governance mechanisms could influence woodland expansion and ecosystem service provision. We simulate previously developed visions for woodland expansion within a spatially explicit agent-...
Article
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Context The 25th anniversary of the founding of the UK chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (ialeUK) was marked in 2017. Objectives To assess trends in UK landscape ecology research over ialeUK’s first 25 years, to compare these trends to changes elsewhere in the world, and to consider how ialeUK can continue to support l...
Article
Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) techniques were originally developed in the mid-1980s. In this century they are gaining increasing attention in the literature and in practical use as a powerful tool to support forest management strategies especially under climate change. In this review paper we consider species occurrence datasets, climatic an...
Article
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Woodland expansion is internationally accepted as a strategy to reduce biodiversity loss, climate change and flood risk, but there has been limited assessment of the evidence for these benefits. In addition, despite UK targets for woodland creation, planting levels remain low. Furthermore, following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, a...

Projects

Projects (3)
Project
To compare stakeholder visions and alternative scenarios for increasing woodland cover in Scotland, to assess what would be best for ecosystem service provision. To determine how alternative governance arrangements influence the delivery of ecosystem services from woodland expansion, and how novel governance strategies could promote pathways to visions.
Project
The aim of the Land Use and Ecosystem Services (LUES) group at Forest Research is to deliver evidence, methods and tools which support policymakers and practitioners in their understanding of how land use and climate change affects the biodiversity, resilience and ecosystem services of wooded landscapes now and in the future.