Dr Emily Waddell

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Biological and Environmental Sciences Stirling

Dr Emily Waddell

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About me

I am an ecologist who is interested in the impact of anthropogenic change on forest ecosystems, with a focus on ensuring these ecosystems are protected and resilient to future environmental change. My research has been based in tropical and temperate human-modified landscapes, and focused on both plant and animal communities.

PhD Ecology (UKCEH and University of York, 2020)

MRes Ecology and Environmental Biology (University of Glasgow, 2013)

BSc Zoology (University of Glasgow, 2011)


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the NERC-funded project "Restoring Resilient Ecosystems (RestREco)". This project aims to move restoration science forward, by considering complexity and resilience as fundamental aims for restoration projects, rather than attempting to re-create specific target ecosystems. The project includes restored grasslands and woodlands within the UK, and I will be focusing on the woodland aspect of this project.

PhD project. Intact tropical rainforests are considered to be robust to exotic plant invasions. However, land-use change across the tropics is altering the structure and native species composition of rainforests, potentially making these landscapes vulnerable to invasion. My PhD examined local and landscape-scale factors that affect exotic plant invasion in remnant forest sites surrounded by oil-palm plantations across Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, spanning gradients in landscape-scale fragmentation and local forest disturbance.

Outputs (8)



Scriven SA, Waddell EH, Sim S, King H, Reynolds G, Yeong KL & Hill JK (2022) Supporting decision-making by companies in delivering their climate net-zero and nature recovery commitments: synthesizing current information and identifying research priorities in rainforest restoration. Global Ecology and Conservation, 40, Art. No.: e02305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2022.e02305


Fleiss S, Waddell EH, Bala Ola B, Banin LF, Benedick S, Bin Sailim A, Chapman DS, Jelling A, King H, McClean CJ, Yeong KL & Hill JK (2020) Conservation set-asides improve carbon storage and support associated plant diversity in certified sustainable oil palm plantations. Biological Conservation, 248, Art. No.: 108631. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108631

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