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Dr Hilary Ford
Multi-Land Research Fellow

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I have a research masters in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of York and a PhD from Bangor University. I have also worked on the CBESS (Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability) project as a postdoctoral researcher.

Research interests

At present I’m working on the Multi-Land project, part of the National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE), as a research fellow.

Current interests include the management of semi-natural ecosystems for biodiversity and ecosystem service provision. Key questions include 'How resilient are ecosystems in the face of land use change?' and 'what trade-offs are necessary in ecosystem management?' The Multi-Land project aims to examine the roll of tree shelterbelt systems in the provision of ecosystem services and in increasing ecosystem resilience to perturbations in upland livestock systems.

Previous projects included assessing how grazing management influences biodiversity, ecosystem function and ecosystem service provision of coastal grasslands.


Ford, H., Ladd, C., Garbutt, A., Malarkey, J. & Skov, M. (2016) Soil stabilization linked to plant diversity and environmental context in coastal wetlands, Journal of Vegetation Science. Doi: 10.1111/jvs.12367

Ford, H., Van Klink, R., Evans, B., Skov, M. & Garbutt, A. (2016) The importance of canopy complexity in shaping seasonal spider and beetle assemblages in coastal grasslands, under review Ecological Entomology.

Ford, H., Roberts, A. & Jones, L. (2016) Nitrogen and phosphorus co-limitation and grazing moderate nitrogen impacts on plant growth and nutrient cycling in sand dune grassland, Science of the Total Environment 542, 203-209.

Ford, H., Garbutt, A., Jones, L. & Jones, D.L. (2013) Grazing management in saltmarsh ecosystems drives invertebrate diversity, abundance and functional group structure. Insect Conservation and Diversity 6, 189-200.

Ford, H., Rousk, J., Garbutt, A., Jones, L. & Jones, D.L. (2013) Grazing effects on microbial community composition, growth and nutrient cycling in salt marsh and sand dune grasslands. Biology and Fertility of Soils 49, 89-98.

Ford, H., Garbutt, A., Jones, D.L. & Jones, L. (2012) Impacts of grazing abandonment on ecosystem service provision: coastal grassland as a model system. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 162, 108-115.

Ford, H., Garbutt, A., Jones, L. & Jones, D.L. (2012) Methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide fluxes from a temperate salt marsh: grazing management does not alter Global Warming Potential. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 113, 182-191.

Olsen, Y.S., Dausse, A., Garbutt, A., Ford, H., Thomas, D.N. & Jones, D.L. (2011) Cattle grazing drives nitrogen and carbon cycling in a temperate salt marsh. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43, 531-541.