Research Output per year
Dr Smillie has worked and studied in the environmental sector since 1987. After gaining a degree majoring in Environmental Biology from Leicester University, Chris spent the majority of the 1990s working for either the Scottish Wildlife Trust (predominantly conducting botanical surveys) or the North of Scotland Water Authority (now Scottish Water) conducting microbiological analyses. As a placement for his MSc in Water Environment from Bournemouth University, Dr Smillie also worked with the North East River Purification Board (now SEPA). Chris studied the relationship between mine metal wastes and salt marsh flora in a PhD from the Camborne School of Mines, Exeter University (now part of Combined Universities in Cornwall - CUC). Since 2004, Chris has worked in consultancy, primarily conducting EcIAs in the UK, the Middle East and North Africa, with other international experience.
From 2010, Dr Smillie was employed as a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, being involved in teaching, training, research and freelance consultancy. From 2013, Chris moved closer to home to Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) in West Lothian, Scotland.
Chris sat on the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management's (CIEEM) Training, Education and Career Development committee, and now sits on the Scottish Committee.
Protected species (bat, badger, newt)
Botanical and habitat surveying
Biogeochemistry of salt marshes
MSc: Contaminated Land and Remediation; Ecological Impact Assessment; Conservation Management Planning; Integrated Planning Management; Research Project
BSc 3rd / 4th Year: Carbon Management; Ecology: Management & Impacts; Rural Planning & EIA
HND / BSc 2nd Year: Conservation Skills; Data Collection and Handling; Ecological Surveying; Freshwater Environments; Graded Unit 2/3; Personal Development Planning; Terrestrial Ecosystems; Work Experience
HNC / BSc 1st Year: Biodiversity Conservation; Classification & Identification; Ecology & Ecosystems
NC: Intro to Biodiversity Conservation; Ecology & Wildlife ID; Local Investigations; Project Management
CONSULTANCY PROJECT EXAMPLES (not comprehensive)
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route – botanical, red squirrel, otter surveys, ECoW and mitigation specialist.
Stirling-Alloa Rail Re-opening - Bird monitoring during felling for Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW).
Dalry Bypass, Ayrshire – Ecological input into Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) report.
Scottish Water Solutions – Investigated the impact of abstraction on water bodies in SW/ Central Scotland.
Gremista Landfill, Shetland – Analysed water quality failures and amending of trigger/ control levels.
Wadi Rayan, Egypt – Co-ordinated a water quality monitoring programme on the impact of non-point agricultural pollution in a Protected Area. Listed by DfID as a Key Document.
Tonkolili, Sierra Leone – Mitigation recommendations for tailings reclamation.
Wales & West Utilities - Ecological scoping studies to assess pipeline impacts, including in SACs & SPAs.
Bacton-Balgzand Gas Pipeline, Norwich – habitat survey, including inter-tidal and maritime cliff.
Achany Windfarm, Lairg – ECoW for water vole, blanket bog, Schedule 1 birds and water monitoring.
Hydropower Proposal, Assynt - surveyed upland habitats, including quaking bog and montane vegetation.
Bridgewater Canal, Manchester – River Corridor and protected species surveys, prior to maintenance.
Cambridge University – Bat count survey of halls of residence to inform mitigation design.
EBIC, Egypt - Vegetation, reptile and coastal bird surveys for an ammonium plant adjacent to the Red Sea.
Tilbury Power Station, Essex - Survey of a protected salt marsh for proposed new coal-fired stations.
2010-2013 Senior Lecturer: Ecology & Environmental Management: Nottingham Trent University
Year 3: Atmospheric Pollution, Monitoring and Toxicology; Forensic Archaeology and Paleopathology
Year 2: Ecotourism; Practical Conservation: I designed both of these modules from the beginning
FdSc: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecosystems; Business Practice
Year 3: Environmental Forensic Assessment (palynology)
Year 2: Behavioural Ecology; Outdoor Management (EIA/EcIA/SIA); Terrestrial Ecosystems
Year 1: Sport, Leisure & the Environment; Natural & Man-made Environments; Life on Earth
FdSc: Applied Ecology; Practical Techniques in Biology
Master, Nottingham Trent University
2010 → 2011
Award Date: 1 Dec 2011
PhD, University of Exeter
2000 → 2006
Award Date: 7 Jul 2006
Master, Bournemouth University
1994 → 1995
Award Date: 1 Dec 1995
Bachelor, University of Leicester
1987 → 1990
Award Date: 9 Jul 1990
Committee Member (Scotland), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management2019 → …
Trustee, Transition Linlithgow2018 → 2020
Committee member (Training & Education), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management2012 → 2018
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Special issue
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Activities per year
Chris Smillie (Chair)
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee
Chris Smillie (Participant)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organising a conference, workshop, ...