Dr Zarah Pattison

Senior Lecturer in Plant Sciences

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

Dr Zarah Pattison

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About me

About me

• 2023 - present: Senior Lecturer in Plant Science, University of Stirling

• 2019 – 2023: Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University

• 2018 – 2019: Statistician, Scottish Government

• 2016 - 2018: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Stirling, funded by NERC

• 2012 - 2016: Ph.D., University of Stirling, funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Environment Protection Agency

• 2011 - 2012: MRes Biological Sciences by Research, Royal Holloway University of London

• 2008 - 2011: BSc (Hons) Ecology, Royal Holloway University of London

• 2006 - 2007: Certificate in Natural Science, Distance Learning Access course, The Open University

Academic service roles:

2019- present Associate Editor Plant-Environment Interactions

2022 - present Associate Editor Neobiota

2023 Associate Editor Biological Invasions


2022 - present Expert on NEOBIOTA council for the UK

Professional memberships:

British Ecological Society

Freshwater Biological Association


I have expertise in community and ecosystem responses to invasive non-native species, particularly plants; the underlying mechanisms of invasion which drive plant community composition and competition, and the role of dispersal. I have expertise and interests in the threats to and sustainable development of water and food security due to invasions; and the causes and consequences of freshwater biodiversity loss. My research interests also include climate and anthropogenic impacts on forest systems; drivers of local and global spatial patterns of species distributions and research focused on meeting the UN SDG goals 15 and 6.

I have a range of projects in the UK, Tanzania, and Malawi, alongside some work in Europe. Over the last few years, I have been carrying out various bits of work around safety and equality in fieldwork.

see: https://zarahsinthefield.com/

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Book Chapter

Jeschke JM, Evans T, Pattison Z, Saul W & Robertson PA (2022) Biological invasions: Impact and management. In: Mehner T & Tockner K (eds.) Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. 2 ed. Kidlington, Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 368-381. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00034-7

Book Chapter

Bradbeer S & Pattison Z (2022) Impacts of Aquatic Plant Invasions. In: Barros A, Shackleton R, Rew L, Pizarro C & Pauchard A (eds.) Tourism, Recreation and Biological Invasions. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI, pp. 97-108. https://doi.org/10.1079/9781800620544.0011


Yannelli FA, Bazzichetto M, Conradi T, Pattison Z, Andrade BO, Anibaba QA, Bonari G, Chelli S, Ćuk M, Damasceno G, Fantinato E, Geange SR, Guuroh RT, Holle MJM & Küzmič F (2022) Fifteen emerging challenges and opportunities for vegetation science: A horizon scan by early career researchers. de Bello F (Editor) Journal of Vegetation Science, 33 (1), Art. No.: e13119. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.13119


Cuthbert RN, Pattison Z, Taylor NG, Verbrugge L, Diagne C, Ahmed DA, Leroy B, Angulo E, Briski E, Capinha C, Catford JA, Dalu T, Essl F, Gozlan RE & Haubrock PJ (2021) Global economic costs of aquatic invasive alien species. Science of The Total Environment, 775, Art. No.: 145238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145238


Jones IL, DeWalt SJ, Lopez OR, Bunnefeld L, Pattison Z & Dent DH (2019) Above- and belowground carbon stocks are decoupled in secondary tropical forests and are positively related to forest age and soil nutrients respectively. Science of The Total Environment, 697, Art. No.: 133987. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133987



Module co-ordinator:

BIOU6PE Plant Ecology

TBC Overseas Field Course


BIOU2PH Introduction to Physiology

BIOU4BD Biodiversity

ENMPG17 Field Techniques (MSc)