• Craibstone Estate, Bucksburn, SRUC, Ferguson Building

    AB21 9YA Aberdeen

    United Kingdom

20172020

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Research interests

Nick is an Ecologist with a wide-ranging interest in wildlife conservation and, especially, in the impact of management on species and habitats. His work spans plant, invertebrate, bird and mammal assemblages and the interactions between these. He also carries out work on individual species, and these have included rare or threatened taxa ranging from Narrow-headed Ant to Scottish Wildcat. Nick works closely with conservation practitioners, land managers, NGOs and agencies to produce outputs that have conservation policy and management relevance. Some recent work has focussed on providing policy and practical advice for responding to the threat from tree diseases. including Ash Dieback and Chronic Oak Decline. Nick also recently spent two years as part of the Conservation Evidence group at the University of Cambridge, working on a synopsis of effectiveness of actions for mammal conservation.

Previous employer

Nick has worked in a wide range of roles in both conservation practice and research. He spent several years as a nature reserve warden and site manager before completing a PhD (University of Aberdeen, 2001-05) that assessed biodiversity responses to moorland restoration. Subsequently, he managed the North-East Scotland Biological Records Centre (2005-07) and carried out research at the James Hutton Institute (formerly Macaulay Institute) in Aberdeen (2007-14). Nick then worked on a range of freelance ecological contracts (2014-17), carried out reserach on upland bird assemblages for Newcastle University (2017-18) and worked within the Conservation Evidence group at the University of Cambridge (2018-19). He joined SRUC in January 2020.

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, The James Hutton Institute

2014 → …

Research Associate, University of the Highlands and Islands

2014 → …

Associate Editor, Insect Conservation and Diversity

2010 → …

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Research Output

Interpreting insect declines: seven challenges and a way forward

Didham, R. K., Basset, Y., Collins, C. M., Leather, S. R., Littlewood, N. A., Menz, M. H. M., Müller, J., Packer, L., Saunders, M. E., Schönrogge, K., Stewart, A. J. A., Yanoviak, S. P. & Hassall, C., 4 Mar 2020, In : Insect Conservation and Diversity. 13, 2, p. 103-114 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Building a tool to overcome barriers in research-implementation spaces: The conservation evidence database

    Sutherland, W. J., Taylor, N. G., MacFarlane, D., Amano, T., Christie, A. P., Dicks, L. V., Lemasson, A. J., Littlewood, N. A., Martin, P. A., Ockendon, N., Petrovan, S. O., Robertson, R. J., Rocha, R., Shackelford, G. E., Smith, R. K., Tyler, E. H. M. & Wordley, C. F. R., Oct 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 238, 108199.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Collapsing foundations: The ecology of the British oak, implications of its decline and mitigation options

    Mitchell, R. J., Bellamy, P. E., Ellis, C. J., Hewison, R. L., Hodgetts, N. G., Iason, G. R., Littlewood, N. A., Newey, S., Stockan, J. A. & Taylor, A. F. S., May 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 233, p. 316-327 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Long-term impacts of changed grazing regimes on the vegetation of heterogeneous upland grasslands

    Pakeman, R. J., Fielding, D. A., Everts, L. & Littlewood, N. A., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, 7, p. 1794-1805 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    OakEcol: A database of Oak-associated biodiversity within the UK

    Mitchell, R. J., Bellamy, P. E., Ellis, C. J., Hewison, R. L., Hodgetts, N. G., Iason, G. R., Littlewood, N. A., Newey, S., Stockan, J. A. & Taylor, A. F. S., Aug 2019, In : Data in Brief. 25, 104120.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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