Dr Simon Willcock- Staff Profile

Lecturer in Environmental Geography

Room: G18, Thoday Building
Email: s.willcock@bangor.ac.uk
Tel No: +44 (0) 1248 382 288

Responsibilities within SENRGY/BU

  • Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team member
  • Module leader for DXX-3800 Coping with a Changing Planet

Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies

  • BA (Hons) Biological Sciences – University of Oxford (2007)
  • PhD Geography – University of Leeds (2012)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice – University of Southampton (2015)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Ecosystem Service Partnership
  • Member of the British Ecological Society

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary scientist, keen on producing real-world outputs that can be applied in numerous policy and business contexts. My particular interests focus on the interactions between people and nature, particularly within the tropics. Key subject areas include:

  • Adaptation
  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Land use/cover change
  • Migration
  • Resilience
  • Tipping points

Publications

My publications can all be found on my google scholar profile.

2016

Bone, R.A., Parks, K.E., Hudson, M.D., Tsirinzeni, M. and Willcock, S., 2016. Deforestation since independence: a quantitative assessment of four decades of land-cover change in Malawi. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science, pp.1-7.

Green, E.L., Eigenbrod, F., Schreckenberg, K. and Willcock, S., 2016. Modelling tree growth to determine the sustainability of current off-take from miombo woodland: a case study from rural villages in Malawi. Environmental Conservation, pp.1-8.

Martin JP Sullivan, Joey Talbot, Simon L Lewis, OL Phillips, L Qie, SK Begne, J Chave, A Cuni Sanchez, W Hubau, G Lopez-Gonzalez, L Miles, A Monteagudo-Mendoza, B Sonké, T Sunderland, H ter Steege, LJT White, K Affum-Baffoe, S Aiba, EC Almeida, E Almeida de Oliveira, P Alvarez-Loayza, E Álvarez Dávila, A Andrade, LEOC Aragão, P Ashton, C Aymard, TR Baker, M Balinga, LF Banin, C Baraloto, JF Bastin, N Berry, J Bogaert, D Bonal, F Bongers, R Brienen, JLC Camargo, C Cerón, V Chama Moscoso, E Chezeaux, CJ Clark, A Cogollo Pacheco, JA Comiskey, F Cornejo Valverde, E Honorio Coronado, G Dargie, SJ Davies, C De Canniere, K Djuikouo, JL Doucet, TL Erwin, JS Espejo, CEN Ewango, S Fauset, TR Feldpausch, R Herrera, M Gilpin, E Gloor, J Hall, DJ Harris, TB Hart, K Kartawinata, L Khoon Kho, K Kitayama, SGW Laurance, WF Laurance, ME Leal, T Lovejoy, J Lovett, FM Lukasu, JR Makana, Y Malhi, L Maracahipes, BS Marimon, BH Marimon, AR Marshall, PS Morandi, JT Mukendi, J Mukinzi, R Nilus, P Núñez Vargas, NC Pallqui Camacho, G Pardo, M Peña-Claros, P Pétronelli, GC Pickavance, AD Poulsen, JR Poulsen, RB Primack, H Priyadi, CA Quesada, J Reitsma, M Réjou-Méchain, Z Restrepo, E Rutishauser, KA Salim, RP Salomão, I Samsoedin, D Sheil, R Sierra, M Silveira, JWF Slik, L Steel, H Taedoumg, S Tan, JW Terborgh, SC Thomas, M Toledo, P Umunay, L Valenzuela Gamarra, ICG Vieira, VA Vos, O Wang, S Willcock, L Zemagho, 2016. Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Scientific Reports.

Willcock, S., Camp, B.J. and Peh, K.S.H., 2016. A comparison of cultural ecosystem service survey methods within South England. Ecosystem Services.

Willcock, S., Hooftman, D., Sitas, N., O’Farrell, P., Hudson, M.D., Reyers, B., Eigenbrod, F. and Bullock, J.M., 2016. Do ecosystem service maps and models meet stakeholders’ needs? A preliminary survey across sub-Saharan Africa. Ecosystem Services18, pp.110-117.

Francesconi, W., Srinivasan, R., Pérez-Miñana, E., Willcock, S.P. and Quintero, M., 2016. Using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to model ecosystem services: A systematic review. Journal of Hydrology535, pp.625-636.

Willcock, S., Phillips, O.L., Platts, P.J., Swetnam, R.D., Balmford, A., Burgess, N.D., Ahrends, A., Bayliss, J., Doggart, N., Doody, K. and Fanning, E., 2016. Land cover change and carbon emissions over 100 years in an African biodiversity hotspot. Global change biology. 22, pp2787-2800

Valerio Avitabile, Martin Herold, Gerard Heuvelink, Simon L Lewis, Oliver L Phillips, Gregory P Asner, John Armston, Peter S Ashton, Lindsay Banin, Nicolas Bayol, Nicholas J Berry, Pascal Boeckx, Bernardus HJ Jong, Ben DeVries, Cecile AJ Girardin, Elizabeth Kearsley, Jeremy A Lindsell, Gabriela Lopez‐Gonzalez, Richard Lucas, Yadvinder Malhi, Alexandra Morel, Edward TA Mitchard, Laszlo Nagy, Lan Qie, Marcela J Quinones, Casey M Ryan, Slik JW Ferry, Terry Sunderland, Gaia Vaglio Laurin, Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Riccardo Valentini, Hans Verbeeck, Arief Wijaya, Simon Willcock, 2016. An integrated pan‐tropical biomass map using multiple reference datasets. Global change biology. 22 pp1406-1420

2015

Weyell, J., Eigenbrod, F., Hudson, M., Kafumbata, D., Tsirizeni, M., Chiotha, S., Poppy, G. and Willcock, S., 2015. The impact of animals on crop yields in Malawian rural villages. African Journal of Agricultural Research10(31), pp.3016-3028.

Francesconi, W., Miñana, E.P., Willcock, S., Villa, F. and Quintero, M., 2015, May. Linking Ecosystem Services to Food Security in a Changing Planet: assessing Peruvian Amazon deforestation using the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) framework. In ASABE 1st Climate Change Symposium: Adaptation and Mitigation Conference Proceedings (pp. 1-3). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Ramirez-Gomez, S.O., Torres-Vitolas, C.A., Schreckenberg, K., Honzák, M., Cruz-Garcia, G.S., Willcock, S., Palacios, E., Pérez-Miñana, E., Verweij, P.A. and Poppy, G.M., 2015. Analysis of ecosystem services provision in the Colombian Amazon using participatory research and mapping techniques. Ecosystem Services13, pp.93-107.

2014

Willcock, S., Burgess, N., Lewis, S., Marshall, A., Mbilinyi, B., Munishi, P., Phillips, O., Platts, P., Shirima, D. and Swetnam, R., 2014. Forests helping to reduce climate change. The Arc Journal, (29), pp.7-8.

Willcock, S., Phillips, O.L., Platts, P.J., Balmford, A., Burgess, N.D., Lovett, J.C., Ahrends, A., Bayliss, J., Doggart, N., Doody, K. and Fanning, E., 2014. Quantifying and understanding carbon storage and sequestration within the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania, a tropical biodiversity hotspot. Carbon balance and management9(1), p.2.

Julian Bayliss, Jonathan Timberlake, William Branch, Carl Bruessow, Steve Collins, Colin Congdon, Michael Curran, Camila De Sousa, Robert Dowsett, Francoise Dowsett-Lemaire, Lincoln Fishpool, Timothy Harris, Eric Herrmann, Stephen Georgiadis, Mirjam Kopp, Bruce Liggitt, Ara Monadjem, Hassam Patel, Daniel Ribeiro, Claire Spottiswoode, Peter Taylor, Simon Willcock, Paul Smith, 2014. The discovery, biodiversity and conservation of Mabu forest—the largest medium-altitude rainforest in southern Africa. Oryx48(02), pp.177-185.

2013

Burgess, N.D., Mwakalila, S., Munishi, P., Pfeifer, M., Willcock, S., Shirima, D., Hamidu, S., Bulenga, G.B., Rubens, J., Machano, H. and Marchant, R., 2013. REDD herrings or REDD menace: response to Beymer-Farris and Bassett. Global Environmental Change23(5), pp.1349-1354.

Kelvin S-H Peh, Andrew Balmford, Richard B Bradbury, Claire Brown, Stuart HM Butchart, Francine MR Hughes, Alison Stattersfield, David HL Thomas, Matt Walpole, Julian Bayliss, David Gowing, Julia PG Jones, Simon L Lewis, Mark Mulligan, Bhopal Pandeya, Charlie Stratford, Julian R Thompson, Kerry Turner, Bhaskar Vira, Simon Willcock, Jennifer C Birch, 2013. TESSA: a toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance. Ecosystem Services5, pp.51-57.

Simon L Lewis, Bonaventure Sonké, Terry Sunderland, Serge K Begne, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Geertje MF Van Der Heijden, Oliver L Phillips, Kofi Affum-Baffoe, Timothy R Baker, Lindsay Banin, Jean-François Bastin, Hans Beeckman, Pascal Boeckx, Jan Bogaert, Charles De Cannière, Eric Chezeaux, Connie J Clark, Murray Collins, Gloria Djagbletey, Marie Noël K Djuikouo, Vincent Droissart, Jean-Louis Doucet, Cornielle EN Ewango, Sophie Fauset, Ted R Feldpausch, Ernest G Foli, Jean-François Gillet, Alan C Hamilton, David J Harris, Terese B Hart, Thales de Haulleville, Annette Hladik, Koen Hufkens, Dries Huygens, Philippe Jeanmart, Kathryn J Jeffery, Elizabeth Kearsley, Miguel E Leal, Jon Lloyd, Jon C Lovett, Jean-Remy Makana, Yadvinder Malhi, Andrew R Marshall, Lucas Ojo, Kelvin S-H Peh, Georgia Pickavance, John R Poulsen, Jan M Reitsma, Douglas Sheil, Murielle Simo, Kathy Steppe, Hermann E Taedoumg, Joey Talbot, James RD Taplin, David Taylor, Sean C Thomas, Benjamin Toirambe, Hans Verbeeck, Jason Vleminckx, Lee JT White, Simon Willcock, Hannsjorg Woell, Lise Zemagho, 2013. Above-ground biomass and structure of 260 African tropical forests. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B368(1625), p.20120295.

Pfeifer, M., Platts, P.J., Burgess, N.D., Swetnam, R.D., Willcock, S., Lewis, S.L. and Marchant, R., 2013. Land use change and carbon fluxes in East Africa quantified using earth observation data and field measurements. Environmental conservation40(03), pp.241-252.

2012

Willcock, S., 2013. Laura German, Jeremias Mowo, Tilahun Amede, and Kenneth Masuki. Abingdon, United Kingdom: EarthScan, 2012. xxix+ 306 pp.£ 65.00, US $105.00. ISBN 987-1-84971-424-2. Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa: From Concept to Practice. Mountain Research and Development33(4), pp.485-486.

Marshall, A.R., Willcock, S., Platts, P.J., Lovett, J.C., Balmford, A., Burgess, N.D., Latham, J.E., Munishi, P.K.T., Salter, R., Shirima, D.D. and Lewis, S.L., 2012. Measuring and modelling above-ground carbon and tree allometry along a tropical elevation gradient. Biological Conservation154, pp.20-33.

Willcock, S., Phillips, O.L., Platts, P.J., Balmford, A., Burgess, N.D., Lovett, J.C., Ahrends, A., Bayliss, J., Doggart, N., Doody, K. and Fanning, E., 2012. Towards regional, error-bounded landscape carbon storage estimates for data-deficient areas of the world. PLoS One7(9), p.e44795.

Ted R Feldpausch, Jon Lloyd, Simon L Lewis, Roel JW Brienen, Manuel Gloor, Abel Monteagudo Mendoza, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Lindsay Banin, K Abu Salim, Kofi Affum-Baffoe, Miguel Alexiades, Samuel Almeida, Ieda Amaral, Ana Andrade, LEOC Aragão, A Araujo Murakami, EJMM Arets, L Arroyo, C Aymard, TR Baker, OS Bánki, NJ Berry, N Cardozo, J Chave, JA Comiskey, E Alvarez, A de Oliveira, A Di Fiore, G Djagbletey, TF Domingues, TL Erwin, PM Fearnside, MB França, MA Freitas, Niro Higuchi, Y Iida, E Jiménez, AR Kassim, TJ Killeen, WF Laurance, JC Lovett, Y Malhi, BS Marimon, BH Marimon-Junior, E Lenza, Andy Marshall, C Mendoza, DJ Metcalfe, ETA Mitchard, DA Neill, BW Nelson, R Nilus, EM Nogueira, A Parada, KS-H Peh, A Pena Cruz, MC Peñuela, NCA Pitman, A Prieto, CA Quesada, F Ramírez, H Ramírez-Angulo, JM Reitsma, A Rudas, G Saiz, RP Salomão, M Schwarz, N Silva, JE Silva-Espejo, M Silveira, B Sonké, J Stropp, HE Taedoumg, S Tan, H Ter Steege, J Terborgh, M Torello-Raventos, GMF van der Heijden, R Vásquez, E Vilanova, VA Vos, L White, S Willcock, H Woell, OL Phillips, 2012. Tree height integrated into pantropical forest biomass estimates. Biogeosciences, pp.3381-3403.

Pfeifer, M., Burgess, N.D., Swetnam, R.D., Platts, P.J., Willcock, S. and Marchant, R., 2012. Protected areas: mixed success in conserving East Africa’s evergreen forests. PloS one7(6), p.e39337.

Burgess, N.D., Munishi, P., Mwakalila, S., Willcock, S., Shirima, D., Hamidu, S., Bulenga, G. and Marchant, R., 2012. Enhancing Tanzanian capacity to deliver short and long term data on forest carbon stocks across the country. The Arc Journal27, pp.22-26.

2011

Brendan Fisher, R Kerry Turner, Neil D Burgess, Ruth D Swetnam, Jonathan Green, Rhys E Green, George Kajembe, Kassim Kulindwa, Simon L Lewis, Rob Marchant, Andrew R Marshall, Seif Madoffe, PKT Munishi, Sian Morse-Jones, Shadrack Mwakalila, Jouni Paavola, Robin Naidoo, Taylor Ricketts, Mathieu Rouget, Simon Willcock, Sue White, Andrew Balmford, 2011. Measuring, modeling and mapping ecosystem services in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. Progress in Physical Geography35(5), pp.595-611.

Fisher, B., Lewis, S.L., Burgess, N.D., Malimbwi, R.E., Munishi, P.K., Swetnam, R.D., Turner, R.K., Willcock, S. and Balmford, A., 2011. Implementation and opportunity costs of reducing deforestation and forest degradation in Tanzania. Nature Climate Change1(3), pp.161-164.

Swetnam, R.D., Fisher, B., Mbilinyi, B.P., Munishi, P.K., Willcock, S., Ricketts, T., Mwakalila, S., Balmford, A., Burgess, N.D., Marshall, A.R. and Lewis, S.L., 2011. Mapping socio-economic scenarios of land cover change: A GIS method to enable ecosystem service modelling. Journal of environmental management92(3), pp.563-574.

2010

Neil D Burgess, Bruno Bahane, Tim Clairs, Finn Danielsen, Søren Dalsgaard, Mikkel Funder, Niklas Hagelberg, Paul Harrison, Christognus Haule, Kekilia Kabalimu, Felician Kilahama, Edward Kilawe, Simon L Lewis, Jon C Lovett, Gertrude Lyatuu, Andrew R Marshall, Charles Meshack, Lera Miles, Simon AH Milledge, Pantaleo KT Munishi, Evarist Nashanda, Deo Shirima, Ruth D Swetnam, Simon Willcock, Andrew Williams, Eliakim Zahabu, 2010. Getting ready for REDD+ in Tanzania: a case study of progress and challenges. Oryx44(03), pp.339-351.

2007

Bass, D., Howe, A., Brown, N., Barton, H., Demidova, M., Michelle, H., Li, L., Sanders, H., Watkinson, S.C., Willcock, S. and Richards, T.A., 2007. Yeast forms dominate fungal diversity in the deep oceans. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences274(1629), pp.3069-3077.