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

• 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


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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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