• Broxburn, Oatridge, Ecclesmachan

    EH52 6NH West Lothian

    United Kingdom

20012019

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Personal profile

Personal profile

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.

Research interests

Plant-environment relationships

Protected species (bat, badger, newt)

Botanical and habitat surveying

Biogeochemistry of salt marshes

Teaching

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

CONSULTANCY PROJECT EXAMPLES (not comprehensive)

ROADS/BRIDGES/RAILWAYS

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.

 

WATER QUALITY

Scottish Water SolutionsInvestigated the impact of abstraction on water bodies in SW/ Central Scotland.

Gremista Landfill, ShetlandAnalysed water quality failures and amending of trigger/ control levels.

Wadi Rayan, EgyptCo-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.

 

MINING/OIL/PIPELINES

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.

 

WINDFARMS/RENEWABLES/WATER SCHEMES

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, ManchesterRiver Corridor and protected species surveys, prior to maintenance.

 

INDUSTRIAL/RESIDENTIAL

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.

Previous employer

2010-2013       Senior Lecturer: Ecology & Environmental Management: Nottingham Trent University

Module Leader:

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

Lecturer:

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Nottingham Trent University

20102011

Award Date: 1 Dec 2011

PhD, University of Exeter

20002006

Award Date: 7 Jul 2006

Master, Bournemouth University

19941995

Award Date: 1 Dec 1995

Bachelor, University of Leicester

19871990

Award Date: 9 Jul 1990

External positions

Committee Member (Scotland), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

2019 → …

Trustee, Transition Linlithgow

20182020

Committee member (Training & Education), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

20122018

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Research Output

The resurgence of traditional countryside management methods

Smillie, C., 23 Sep 2019, Countryside Jobs Service.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationSpecial issue

Open Access

Nature connectedness of conservation volunteers

Smillie, C. & Mccallum, M., 5 Nov 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
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    Nest site variables and breeding progress of Phalacrocorax aristolelis

    Smillie, C. & Plunkett, D., 19 Dec 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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  • Bat emergence and weather conditions in Central Scotland

    Smillie, C., 2 Apr 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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  • Closing the STEM Skills Gap Inquiry

    Smillie, C., 2017, Parliamentary Science & Technology Committee.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • Prizes

    Activities

    • 3 Membership of committee
    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Membership of board
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (External organisation)

    Chris Smillie (Chair)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Transition Linlithgow (External organisation)

    Chris Smillie (Chair)

    20182020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    British Ecological Society

    Chris Smillie (Participant)

    16 Dec 201819 Dec 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental ManagementAutumn Conference 2016

    Chris Smillie (Participant)

    1 Nov 20162 Nov 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    University of South Wales

    Chris Smillie (Visiting researcher)

    20132018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution