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Prof Rob Marrs DSc FCIEEM, CEcol

Emeritus Bulley Professor of Applied Plant Biology/Honorary Senior Research Fellow/Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow School of Environmental Sciences


Research Interest 1

Restoration ecology and in situ conservation; development of management techniques and theoretical approaches to study vegetation dynamics for plant community conservation; predicting impact of management on multi-species interactions; study of heathland and moorland habitats and their interactions with weed species (bracken and Molinia); effects of soils on heath and moorland development.

Research Group Membership
Research Grants
  • Vegetation change in long-term experiments in the British uplands
  • URBAN GreenUP - New Strategy for Re-Naturing Cities through Nature-Based Solutions
  • Royal Society China Royal Fellowship.
  • Research into management of problem exotic species.
  • Uplands Assessment Unit.
  • Why are some species more vulnerable to environmental change than others? Passerines as a model taxon.
  • Ecosystem resistance and resilience: measuring ecological processes in applied situations.
  • Modelling temporal change in canopy composition and ground vegetation in British woodlands: the implications for conservation.
  • Landscape scale synergies between agri-environment schemes and protected sites
  • Implementing moorland restoration after bracken control: technology transfer.
  • Targeted Monitoring of Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity
  • Assessing the resilience of ecosystem service delivery: Can the Earth bounce back?
  • Changes in soil chemistry on managed and unmanaged heathland.
  • Integrated bracken control and vegetation restoration: ongoing assessment and model development.
  • Assessing the impact of Heather beetle.
  • Genetic diversity of heather.
  • Fire management to maintain biodiversity and mitigate economic loss (FIREMAN)
  • DEFRA contract - Demonstration moors in England and Wales.
  • CASE Top-Up: Is there biological ratioanale for the Framework Species approach to land restoration?