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Professor Philip Wookey


Biological and Environmental Sciences Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Philip Wookey

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I am an ecosystems ecologist/biogeochemist, whose principal research focus is on high latitude ecosystems and environmental change.

I graduated in 1984 with a BSc Combined Honours in Biology and Geography from the University of Exeter, and completed a PhD in 1988 at Lancaster University and the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology on the effects of air pollutants on forest soils. After a post-doctoral term at Lancaster University, continuing with air pollution research for the EU, my career path took me to the Arctic (in 1991), where I have continued to research ever since. My first academic position, however, was back at Exeter as Lecturer in Ecology, where I stood-in for Professor Jo Anderson while Jo was seconded to Rothamsted International. Since then I have held appointments at Royal Holloway, University of London (Lecturer in Environmental Geography; 1996 – 1997), the University of Uppsala, Sweden (Associate Professor, then Docent, and finally Professor in Physical Geography; 1997 – 2004), and then back to the UK as Reader, then Professor of Ecosystems Ecology (2004-2009) at the University of Stirling, and Professor in Physical Geography (2012-2013), University of Sheffield, and Chair in Ecosystem Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2013-2017). I am now back in Stirling, as Professor of Ecosystem Science.



Community Contribution

Chair of the International Arctic Science Committee's (IASC) Terrestrial Working Group
The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC; is a non-governmental, international scientific organization. The Founding Articles committed IASC to pursue a mission of encouraging and facilitating cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multi-disciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system. The scientific scope of the Terrestrial Working Group ( includes scientific research on arctic terrestrial and freshwater environments, landscapes and biota, and their responses to, and interactions with, other components of the Earth system. The remit encompasses the dynamics of the Arctic system; past, present and future.

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