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Prof David Gowing

Professor of Botany


I am an ecohydrologist with a special interest in floodplain meadows.  My research focuses on the relationship between vegetation communities and both the water regime and the nutrient status of the soil.  The question of how numerous species manage to co-exist in these systems is of particular interest.  I have been widely involved in advising on water management for nature conservation and in  all applied aspects of floodplain-meadow management.  My current projects look to expand the research carried out on English meadows to species-rich assemblages of plants elsewhere in the world (particularly the fynbos region of South Africa's Cape and the Iberian mountains.)

I currently lead a research team of 4 post-docs, 4 PhD students and 2 visiting scientists. 

MA (Cantab) 1989, PhD (Lancaster) 1991

Teaching Interests

My teaching is in the field of Environmental Science; in particular the interactions of plants, soil and water.   I have taught at undergrad and Masters Level within Cranfield University and I have been involved in a number of course teams at the Open University:  Environmental Science (S216), Environmental Science in the Field (SXR216), Ecology (S328), Ecosystems (S396) and Discovering Science (S103).

I currently sit on the Environmental Science Award Committee .


Research Interests

My research for the past 15 years has focussed on characterising the water regime of meadow soils and relating the hydrological information to the vegetation community dynamics.  The main finding has been that each species within the meadow system has a unique hydrological niche and this fact may allow many species to co-exist  in close proximity.  Field data have demonstrated that the physical structure of soil is absolutely central to defining the water regime and therefore protection of soil structure should be a high priority for nature-conservation managers.

My research outputs are listed below


International refereed journals

Posthumus, H., J.R. Rouquette, J. Morris, D.J.G. Gowing, T.M. Hess (2010) A framework for the assessment of ecosystem goods and services; a case study on lowland floodplains in England. Ecological Economics, in press

Duprè C., Stevens C.J., Ranke T., Bleeker A., Peppler-Lisbach C., Gowing D.J.G., Dise N.B., Dorland E., Bobbink R. and Diekmann M. (2010). Changes in species richness and composition in European acidic grasslands over the past 70 years: the contribution of cumulative atmospheric nitrogen deposition. Global Change Biology, 16, 344-357.

Araya, Y.N., Gowing, D.J.G. and Dise, N.B. (2009) A controlled water-table depth system to study the influence of fine-scale differences in water regime for plant growth. Aquatic botany, in press doi: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2009.10.004

Kalusová, V., Le Duc, M.G., Gilbert, J.C., Lawson, C.S., Gowing, D.J.G. and Marrs, R.H. (2009) Determining the important environmental variables controlling plant species community composition in mesotrophic grasslands in Great Britain. Applied Vegetation Science, 12, 459-471.

Stevens, C.J., Thompson, K., Grime, J.P., Long, C.J. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2009) Acidification as opposed to eutrophication is the main cause of declines in species richness seen in calcifuge grasslands impacted by nitrogen deposition. Functional Ecology, (in press)

Rouquette, JR, Posthumus, H, Gowing, DJG, Tucker, G, Dawson, QL, Hess, TM, Morris, J (2009) Valuing nature-conservation interests on agricultural floodplains. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46, 289-296

Araya, Y.N., Gowing, D.J.G. and Silvertown, J. (2009) Variation in δ13C among species and sexes in the family Restionaceae along a fine-scale hydrological gradient. Austral Ecology (in press).

Stevens, C.J., Maskell, L.C., Smart, S.M., Caporn, S.J.M., Dise, N.B. and Gowing, D.J.G (2009) Identifying indicators of atmospheric nitrogen deposition impacts in acid grasslands. Biological Conservation , 2069-2075

Gilbert, J.C., Gowing, D.J.G. and Wallace, H.L. (2009) Available soil phosphorus in semi-natural grasslands: assessment methods and community tolerances. Biological Conservation, 142, 1074-1083

Thompson, J.R., Gavin, H., Refsgaard, A., Refstrup, Sorenson, H. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2009) Modelling the hydrological impacts of climate change on UK lowland wet grassland. Wetland Ecology and Management, 17, 503-523.

Stevens C, Dise N.B., Gowing D.J.G. and Mountford J.O. (2009) Regional trends in soil acidification and metal mobilisation related to acid deposition. Environmental Pollution 157, 313–319

Herbst, M., Rosier, P.T.W., Mc Neill, D.D., Harding, R.J and Gowing, D.J.G. (2008) Seasonal variability of interception evaporation from the canopy of a mixed deciduous forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 148, 1655-1667.

Herbst, M., Roberts, J.M., Rosier, P.T.W., Taylor, M.E. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2008) Edge effects and forest water use: A field study in a mixed deciduous woodland Forest Ecology and Management, 250, 176-186.

Herbst, M., Rosier, P.T.W., Morecroft, M.D. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2008) Comparative measurements of transpiration and canopy conductance in two mixed deciduous woodlands differing in structure and species composition. Tree Physiology, 28, 959-970.

Herbst, M., Roberts, J.M., Rosier, P.T.W. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2007) Seasonal and interannual variability of canopy transpiration of a hedgerow in southern England. Tree Physiology, 27, 321-333.

Herbst, M., Roberts, J.M., Rosier, P.T.W. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2007) Measuring and modelling the rainfall interception loss by hedgerows in southern England. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 141, 244-256

Herbst, M., Roberts, J.M., Rosier, P.T.W. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2006) Seasonal and interannual variability of canopy transpiration of a hedgerow in southern EnglandTree Physiology, 27, 321-333.

Stevens C, Dise N.B., Gowing D.J.G. and Mountford J.O. (2006). Loss of forb diversity in relation to nitrogen deposition in the UK: regional trends and potential controls. Global Change Biology, 12, 1823–1833

Whalley, W.R., Clark, L.J., Gowing, D.J.G., Cope, R.E., Lodge, R.J. and Leeds-Harrison, P.B. (2006) Does soil strength play a role in wheat yield losses caused by soil drying. Plant and Soil, 280, 279-290.

Silvertown, J., Dodd, M. E., Gowing, D. J.G., Lawson, C., and McConway, K. J. (2006). Phylogeny and the hierarchical organization of plant diversity. Ecology, 87, S39-S49.

Silvertown, J., McConway, K., Gowing, D.J.G., Dodd, M.E., Fay, M., Joseph, J. and Dolphin, K. (2006) Absence of phylogenetic signal in the niche structure of meadow plant communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 273, 39-44.

Morris J, Hess T M, Gowing D J G, Leeds-Harrison P B, Bannister N, Vivash R M N and Wade M (2005). A framework for integrating flood defence and biodiversity in washlands in England. International Journal of River Basin Management, 3, 1-11.
Leeds-Harrison, P.B., Clark L. J. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2005). Use of effective stress to predict the penetrometer resistance of unsaturated agricultural soils. Soil and Tillage Research. 84, 18-27.

Whalley, W.R., Clark, L.J., Gowing, D.J.G, Lark, R. M., Leeds-Harrison, P.B., Miller, A.J., Wells, D.M., Whalley W.R &. Whitmore A.P (2005) Sensing the physical and nutritional status of the root environment in the field: a review of progress and opportunities. Journal of Agricultural Science, 143, 347-358.

Stevens, C., Dise, N.B., Mountford, J.O. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2004) The impact of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on the species richness of grassland. Science, 303, 1876-1879.

Barber, K.R., Leeds-Harrison, P.B., Lawson, C.S and Gowing D.J.G. (2004) The effect of hydrology on soil aeration status in a lowland wet grassland. Hydrological Processes, 18, 329-341.

Gilbert, J.C., Gowing, D.J.G. and Loveland, P (2003) Chemical amelioration of high phosphorus availability in soil to aid the restoration of species-rich grassland. Ecological Engineering, 19, 297-304.

Silvertown, J. Dodd, M. and Gowing,D.J.G. (2001). Phylogeny and niche structure of meadow plant communities. Journal of Ecology, 89, 428-435.

Fermor, P.M., Hedges, P.D., Gilbert, J.C. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2001) Reedbed evapotranspiration rates in England. Hydrological Processes, 15, 621-631.

Gilbert, J.C., Gowing, D.J.G., Higginbottom, P.R.G. and Godwin, R.J. (2000) The habitat creation model: A decision-support system to assess the viability of converting arable land into semi-natural habitat. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 28, 67-85.

Morris, J., Gowing, D.J.G., Mills, J. and Dunderdale, J.A.L. (2000) Reconciling agricultural, economic and environmental objectives: The case of recreating wetlands in the Fenland area of Eastern England. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 79, 245-257.

Silvertown, J., Dodd, M.E., Gowing, D.J.G. and Mountford J.O. (1999). Hydrologically-defined niches reveal a basis for species richness in plant communities. Nature, 400, 61-63.

Swetnam, R. D., Mountford, J. O., Armstrong, A. C., Gowing, D.J.G., Brown, N. J., Manchester, S. J., Treweek, J. R (1998). Spatial relationships between site hydrology and the occurrence of grassland of conservation importance: a risk assessment with GIS. Journal of Environmental Management, 54, 189-203.

Brown, N.J., Swetnam, R.D., Treweek, J.R. Mountford, J.O., Caldow, R.W.G., Manchester, S.J., Stamp, T.R., Gowing, D.J.G., Soloman, D.R., Armstrong, A.C. and Veitch, N. (1998). Issues in GIS development: adapting to research and policy needs for management of wet grasslands in an Environmentally Sensitive Area. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 12, 465-478.

Trejo, C.L., Gowing, D.J.G. and Davies, W.J. (1993). Control of leaf growth and physiology: a link between climatic and edaphic effects. Current Topics in Plant Physiology, 10, 48-56.

Tardieu, F., Zhang, J. and Gowing, D.J.G. (1993). Stomatal control by both [ABA] in the xylem sap and leaf water status: a test of a model for droughted or ABA-fed field-grown maize. Plant, Cell and Environment, 16, 413-420.

Gowing, D.J.G., Jones, H.G. and Davies, W.J. (1993). Xylem-transported abscisic acid: the relative importance of its mass and its concentration in the control of stomatal aperture. Plant, Cell and Environment, 16, 453-459.

Gowing, D.J.G., Davies, W.J., Trejo, C.L. and Jones, H.G. (1993). Xylem-transported chemical signals and the regulation of plant growth and physiology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 341, 41-47.

Fleming, A.J., Gowing, D.J.G. and Hanke, D.E. (1991). The level of abscisic acid in the root tip of runner bean seedlings: implications for the ABA-uptake carrier. Journal of Plant Physiology, 138; 717-721.

Gowing, D.J.G., Davies, W.J. and Jones H.G. (1990). A positive root-sourced signal as an indicator of soil drying in apple, Malus x domestica Borkh. Journal of Experimental Botany, 41; 1535-1540.


Other refereed publications

Clark L.J., Whalley W.R., Gowing D.J.G., Leeds-Harrison P.B. (2005) Soil strength as a constraint to the growth of wheat. In: Roots and the soil Environment II. Aspects of Applied Biology, 73, 19-26. The Association of Applied Biologists.

Gowing, D.J.G. (2005)  The vegetation of water meadows. In: Water Meadows . M.Everard (ed). Westbury Academic and Scientific Publishing, Otley (in press).

Stevens C.J., Dise N.B., Gowing D.J.G., and Mountford, J.O. (2004) Decline in species richness in acid grasslands along a gradient of nitrogen deposition12th International Nitrogen Workshop, Controlling nitrogen flows and losses , 88-89.

Miller A.J., Wells D.M., Braven J., Ebdon L., Le Goff T., Clark L.J., Whalley W.R., Gowing D.J.G., and Leeds-Harrison P.B. (2003) Novel sensors for measuring soil nitrogen, water availability and strength. BCPC International Congress Crop Science & Technology, Congress Proceedings, 1107-1114.

Davies, W.J. and Gowing, D.J.G. (1999). Plant responses to small perturbations in soil water status. In: Physiological Plant Ecology. M. Press J. Scholes and M. Barker (eds). British Ecological Society Symposium Volume 39, 67-89.

Gowing, D.J.G., Spoor, G. and Mountford, J.O. (1998). The influence of minor variations in hydrological regime on the composition of wet-grassland plant communities. In: European Lowland Wet Grasslands: Biodiversity, Management and Restoration. Eds. C Joyce and M Wade. Wiley, Chichester. pp. 217-227.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Spoor, G. (1998). The effect of water table depth on the distribution of plant species in lowland wet grassland. In: UK Floodplains. Eds R Bailey, P Jose and B Sherwood. Westbury. pp. 185-196.

Gowing, D.J.G, Youngs, E.G., Gilbert, J.C. and Spoor, G. (1998). Predicting the effect of change in water regime on plant communities. In: Hydrology in a changing environment. Vol. I. H. Wheater and C Kirby (eds.) John Wiley and Sons, Chichester. pp. 473-483.

Spoor G., & Gowing D.J.G. (1998) Quantification of water regime requirements of wet grassland flora. In: 7th International Drainage Symposium on Drainage in the 21st Century - Food Production and the Environment, 621-628.

Mountford, J.O., Tallowin, J.R.B., Sparks, T.H., Gowing, D.J.G., Manchester, S.J., Rose, S.C., Treweek, J.R., Gilbert, J.C. and Armstrong, A.C. (1997). Experimental and monitoring studies of the use of raised water-levels for grassland rehabilitation in Lowland ESAs. In: Grassland Management in the Environmentally Sensitive Areas. R.D. Sheldrick (ed.) British Grassland Society, Occasional Symposium No. 32.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Youngs, E.G. (1997). The effect of the hydrology of a Thames flood meadow on its vegetation. In: Floodplain Rivers: hydrological processes and ecological significance (ed. A.R.G. Large). British Hydrological Society occasional paper No.8, pp 69-80.

Spoor, G. and Gowing, D.J.G. (1996). Reconciling water management needs for agriculture and wetland conservation. Proceedings of 6th Drainage Workshop (Ljubljana). International Committee for Irrigation and Drainage. pp 354-361.

Gilbert, J.C., Gowing, D.J.G., Spoor, G. and Mountford, J.O. (1996). Quantifying the hydrological requirements of plants as a tool for the water management of wet grassland. In: Problems of environmental development in rural areas. Vol. 10 Ecological aspects of environmental development. Warsaw Agricultural University. pp 283-294.

Gowing, D.J.G, Morris, J., Spoor, G and Dunderdale, J.A.L. (1994). Reconciling water-regime requirements for environmental and agricultural management. In: Integrated River Basin Development, eds. C Kirby and WR White, Wiley, Chichester.

Zhang, J., Gowing, D.J.G. and Davies, W.J. (1990). ABA as a root signal in root to shoot communication of soil drying. In Importance of root to shoot communication in the responses to environmental stress, pp. 163-173. British Society for Plant Growth Regulation, Monograph no. 21.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Davies W.J. (1989). Root growth when water supply is limited. In Roots and the soil environment, pp. 33-40. Aspects of applied biology series, no. 22. The Association of Applied Biologists.


Research and Consultancy reports

Daldorph, P., Gowing, D.J.G. and Pryce, A. (2006) Assessment of the impact of flooding on Portholme. Report to the Environment Agency, Peterborough.

Daldorph, P. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2006) Phosphorus enrichment of the Ouse Washes – investigations for Stage 4 Review of Consents. Report to the Environment Agency, Peterborough.

Gowing, D.J.G. (2005) A preliminary botanical survey of the Oxford Meads. Report to the Environment Agency, Reading.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Youngs, E.G. (2005) The requirements of Apium repens – an ecohydrological assessment.Report to the Environment Agency (Thames Region), Reading.

White, S., Gowing, D.J.G., Deeks, L., Freeman, M., Dodd, M.E. and Holden, A. (2005) Identifying sources of phosphorus to the floodplain meadows at Cricklade. Report to the Environment Agency, Wallingford.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Dodd, M.E. (2005) Oxley Mead SSSI, Milton Keynes – botanical baseline surveys, 2000-2005.  Report prepared for Westbury Homes(Holdings) Ltd., Northampton

Gowing, D.J.G. (2005) Estimating the contribution of flood-deposited sediments to the nutrient budget of floodplain meadows in the ThamesValley. Report to the Environment Agency (Thames Region), Wallingford.

Dixon, A. and Gowing , D.J.G. (2004) Farmoor Drought Permit - Oxford Meadows Monitoring. Report to Thames Water plc, Reading.

Whalley, W.R., Gowing, D.J.G., Clarke, L. and Lodge, R. (2004). Sensing the physical and nutritional status of the root growth environment. Report to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London. Project no.AR0913.

Wheeler, B.D., Gowing, D.J.G., Shaw, S.C., Mountford, J.O. and Money, R.P. (2004) Ecohydrological guidelines for lowland wetland plant communities (Eds. Brooks, A.W., Jose, P.V. and Whiteman, M.I.) Environment Agency (Anglian Region), Peterborough.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Dodd, M.E. (2004). Nutrients deposited in sediment on the floodplain of the Lower Derwent and their influence on plant community composition. Report to WS Atkins Ltd. Leeds.

Gowing, D.J.G. (2003). The Moors, Bishop’s Waltham – Botanical Surveys, 2001/2002. Report to Environment Agency and Hampshire County Council, Winchester.

Gowing, D.J.G., Lawson, C.S., Youngs, E.G., Barber, K.R., Prosser, M.V., Wallace, H., Rodwell, J.S., Mountford, J.O. and Spoor, G. (2002). The water-regime requirements and the response to hydrological change of grassland plant communities. Final report to DEFRA (Conservation Management Division,) London. Project BD1310.

Gowing, D.J.G., Tallowin, J.R.B., Dise, N.B., Goodyear, J., Dodd, M.E. and Lodge,R.J. (2002) A review of the ecology, hydrology and nutrient dynamics of floodplain meadows in England. English Nature Research Report 446. Peterborough.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Dodd, M.E. (2001) Oxley Mead SSSI, Milton Keynes – Botanical baseline survey. Report prepared for Westbury Homes Ltd., Northampton.

Souch, C.A., Gilbert, J.C., Gowing, D.J.G., Hess, T.M. and Fiorini, E (2000). Anglian region joint study on water resources availability for wetland creation. Report to the Environment Agency (Anglian Region, Peterborough), English Nature and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy.

Gowing, D.J.G, (2000). Impact of various abstraction scenarios upon North Meadow SAC. Report prepared for Environment Agency (Thames Region), Wallingford.

Gilbert, J.C., Gowing, D.J.G. and Youngs, E.G. (2000) Blackwater Valley SSSI: Hydrological investigations and management recommendations to conserve MG5 grassland communities. Report to English Nature (Thames and Chilterns Team, Newbury).

Gilbert, J.C. and Gowing, D.J.G. (2000) Assessment of interactions between vegetation and hydrology in Knebworth Woods SSSI, Hertfordshire. Report to Friends of the Earth, Stevenage.

Gilbert, J.C., Gowing, D.J.G. and Spoor, G. (1999) Botanical assessment and ecological mitigation advice – Shalford to Munstead pipeline. Report to Thames Water plc, Guildford.

Gowing, D.J.G and Gilbert, J.C. (1999) Wetland translocation at Warstone – Hydrological characterisation. Report to Andrews Ward Associates, Ecological Consultants, Huntingdon

Spoor, G., Gilbert, J.C. and Gowing, D.J.G. (1999). Conservation of peat soils on the Somerset Levels and MoorsPart 4. Safeguarding peat soils. Water level management recommendations to conserve peat soils. Research Report to English Nature, Taunton.

Gowing, D.J.G, Gilbert, J.C. and Youngs, E.G. (1998). Hydrological Assessment of Molinia-Juncus pastures at Rhos Llawr Cwrt NNrR/cSAC. Contract Science Report no. 273. Countryside Council for Wales, Bangor.

Gowing, D.J.G. (1998). Oxley Mead SSSI – moisture retention properties of the soil. Report prepared for Weeks Technical Services, Maidstone.

Gowing, D.J.G. and Gilbert, J.C. (1999). Hydrological monitoring of meadows at Stanford End, Berks. Report to English Nature (Thames and Chilterns Team), Newbury.

Ward, D.E, Holmes, N.T.H., Andrews, J.H., Gowing, D.J.G. and Kirby, P. (1998) Environmental guidelines for vegetation management in channel and on banks. Environment Agency R&D technical report W135, Bristol.

Spoor, G., Gowing, D.J.G., Hann, M.J. and Gilbert, J.C. (1997). Holme Fen NNR: Bog Restoration Feasibility Study. Report to English Nature, Peterborough.

Gowing, D.J.G., Gilbert, J.C., Mountford, J.O. and Youngs, E.G. (1997). The hydrology/ecology relationship of grassland at Elmlea Meadows, Cerney Wick Farm, Glos. Report to Hills Aggregates Ltd., Marlborough.

Gowing, D.J.G., Gilbert, J.C. and Spoor, G. (1997). Conservation of peat soils on the Somerset Levels and Moors. Parts 2 and 3. Research Report to English Nature, Taunton.

Gowing, D.J.G, Gilbert, J.C., Youngs, E.G. and Spoor, G. (1997). Water regime requirements of the native flora - with particular reference to ESAs. Final report to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London. Project BD0209.

Morris, J., Weatherhead, E.K., Knox, J., Gowing, D.J.G., Dunderdale, J.A.L., Green, C. and Tunstall, S. (1997). Practical implications of introducing tradeable permits for water abstraction. Cranfield University and Middlesex University. Report to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy.

Gilbert, J.C., Hann, M.J. and Gowing, D.J.G (1997) Ham Wall Water Management and Drainage Study. Report to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy.

Spoor, G., Gowing, D.J.G. and Gilbert, J.C. (1996). A quantitative approach to water level management planning for complex sites. In: 31st MAFF Conference for River and Coastal Engineers. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Flood Defence Division, London. 1.1.1-1.1.10

Morris, J., Mills, J., Dunderdale, J., Gowing, D., Burton, R., Gilbert, J. and Spoor, G. (1996) Wet Fens for the Future: Feasibility Study 2 - A study of the economic and social implications of creating new wetlands in Fenland. Report to Cambridgeshire County Council.

Hann, M., Gilbert, J., Spoor, G., Gowing, D. and Ward, D. (1996) Easton Valley, Part of Benacre to Easton Bavents SSSI: Water Level Management Plan and Enhancement Proposals Report to the Environment Agency.

Gowing, D.J.G. (1996). Examination of the potential impacts of alternative management regimes in the Somerset Levels and Moors ESA. Report to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Environmentally Sensitive Areas Division, London.

Gilbert, J.C., Higginbottom, P.R.G., Gowing, D.J.G., Bradley, R.I., Kerr, D.M., Leeds-Harrison, P.B., Spoor, G. and Godwin, R.J. (1996). The habitat creation model: a model to assess the viability of converting arable land into semi-natural habitat. Report to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London. Project CSA 2373

Spoor, G. and Gowing, D.J.G. (1995). Defining conservation requirements for water level management plans. ADA Gazette, Autumn 1995, p 40.

Gowing, D.J.G., Spoor, G., Mountford, J.O. and Youngs, E.G. (1994). The water-regime requirements of lowland wet-grassland plants. Report to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Flood and Coastal Defence Division, London.

Spoor, G., Morris, J., Gowing, D.J.G., Hill, D., Mountford, J.O. and Eversham, B.C. (1993). Northmoor core wetland - Implementation options. Report to National Rivers Authority (South Western Region), Bridgwater.

Gowing, D.J.G. (1993). Predicting the effect of changes in the water regime on wet-grassland flora. Flood and Coastal Defence, 3, 5.

Gowing, D.J.G., Jones, H.G. and Davies, W.J. (1991). An attempt to mimic the root signal of trees in drying soil with abscisic acid. Journal of Experimental Botany, 42 (suppl.); 15.


Current Research

·         2006-2009 NERC funded grant. “Biodiversity of European grasslands – impact of nitrogen deposition (part of the BEGIN consortium).” £174,290 (Principal investigator.)

·         2006-2009 ESF programme EuroDIVERSITY; leader of BEGIN consortium and member of scientific committee. BEGIN consortium funding €785,000.

·         2006-2010 EA funded project. “Barmby Barrage Habitat Regulations and Tidal Order Project” £26,000 (Principal investigator.)

·         2006-2009 Garfield-Weston charitable Foundation funded project. “Floodplain meadows: their conservation and restoration. £50,000 (Principal investigator.)

·         2005-2008 ESRC/NERC funded research grant “Integrated land and water management in floodplains.” £86,634 (co-Investigator)

·         2005-2007 Leverhulme funded grant “Soil moisture gradients and biodiversity in the Cape flora.” £84,822 (co-Investigator)

·         2004-2007 NERC-funded research grant “Woody wetland plants: an overlooked trace gas emission pathway £29,774 (co-Investigator)

·         2004-2008 EU Leader+ funding. “Control of marsh ragwort (Senecio aquaticus) for agriculture and conservation. £73,100 (lead academic)

·         2004-2009 Environment Agency- funded research “Nutrient deposition on floodplain grassland” £83,000 (Principal Investigator)

·         2003-2007 DEFRA-funded research grant via CEH “The role of grips in wetland hydrology” £64,000 (co-Investigator)

·         2003-2007 NERC-funded research grant “The Influence of Woodlands on Recharge in the Pang Catchment” £242,561 (co-Investigator)

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