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:

2022 - present Associate Editor Neobiota

2023 - present Associate Editor Biological Invasions

2019- 2024 Associate Editor Plant-Environment Interactions


2022 - present Expert on NEOBIOTA council for the UK

Professional memberships:

British Ecological Society

Freshwater Biological Association


My research is broadly focussed on the dispersal, impacts and management of invasive non-native species.

Impacts: I have expertise in community and ecosystem responses to invasive non-native plant species in freshwater and forest environments and I am interested in the threats to water and food security due to invasion by non-native species, particularly in rural landscapes.

Pathways of dispersal: As a group we research understudied dispersal pathways such as Raw Water Transfer schemes and the role of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., river degradation due to agriculture) in facilitating the spread of invasive non-native species.

Restoration: We also focus the restoration of habitats degraded by urbanisation and agricultural land use coupled with climate extremes and invasions, particularly the promotion of native species in restoration practices.

Social perceptions and management: We are interested in the social perceptions of invasive non-native species and how this may impact management action. We work with various stakeholders to implement and assess management methods tackling invasive non-native species, with a focus on working towards the UN SDG goals 15 and 6, CBD Target 6.

Where we work: We have a range of projects in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa, alongside collaborative work in Europe.

Field safety and inclusion: Over the last few years, I have been carrying out various projects on safety and equality in fieldwork.

see: https://zarahsinthefield.com/

Outputs (26)


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

ENVU9FC International Field Course

Module contributor:

BIOU4BD Biodiversity

ENMPG17 Field Techniques (MSc)

ENMPG24 Tropical Ecology and Conservation (MSc)

Committees: Faculty Health and Safety - Field safety