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Kate Beauchamp

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Climate Change Researcher

Kate’s research supports the forest sector adapt to climate change. She works closely with forest practitioners and policy teams to develop research and knowledge exchange resources which support adaptation. Kate launched the Scottish demonstration forest at Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, has hosted workshops and developed multimedia resources. She is interested in assessing forest species diversity and overcoming barriers to achieving diversity. She has developed work to assess ecosystem service provision under future climate and alternative management scenarios in Scotland. Kate is currently involved in assessing risk across the forest supply chain and the role of contingency planning in adaptation and risk management.

Climate change

Forest Research

c/o Northern Research Station


Midlothian EH25 9SY


Related Research


Adapting Scotland's forests for resilience to climate change

Hosting video clips to show how climate change might affect Scotland's forests

Status current


ClimateXChange (CXC)

A collaborative initiative between sixteen of Scotland’s leading research and higher education institutions undertaking work on climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy

Status current

Other Research


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Support Scotland’s forest sector adapt to climate change. Facilitate knowledge exchange around climate change impacts and adaptation options between policy, industry, & research. Develop resources to support forest practitioners. Deliver research to support forest adaptation policy.

Climate Change Adaptation in Wales

Climate Change Researcher
Kate is developing climate change research in Wales. Support forestry and climate change policy needs. Develop adaptation research to support Natural Resources Wales

Peer reviewed journal articles

Beauchamp, K., Mencuccini, M., Perks, M and Gardiner, B. (2012). The regulation of sapwood area, water transport and heartwood formation in Sitka spruce (PDF-665K). Plant Ecology and Diversity.

Harmer, R., Beauchamp, K. and Morgan, G. (2011). Natural regeneration in western hemlock plantations on ancient woodland sites (PDF-529K). Forestry Commission Research Note 11.

Harmer, R., Morgan, G. and Beauchamp, K. (2010). Restocking with broadleaved species during the conversion of Tsuga Heterophylla plantations to native woodland using natural regeneration. European Journal of Forest Research. 130 (2) 161-171.

Contract and project reports

Beauchamp, K., Ray, D., Bathgate, S., Morison, J. (2016) The Impact of Adaptation Management Options and Future Climate Scenarios on the Standing Carbon Stock of Scotland’s National Forest Estate ClimateXChange report

Trade journal and newsletter articles

Beauchamp, K., Bathgate, S., Ray, D., Nicoll, B. (2016) Forest ecosystem service delivery under future climate scenarios and adaptation management options: a case study in central Scotland Scottish Forestry. Volume 70, No. 3, Autumn/Winter 2016

Beauchamp, K. (2016) How diverse is your forest? Chartered Forester Autumn/Winter 2016

Scientific conferences: presentations or posters

Beauchamp, K. (2014) Adapting Scotland’s Forests to a Changing Climate. AFORCE International Workshop on forest adaptation to climate change, Paris.

Beauchamp, K. (2014) Policies & management approaches to promote and implement tree species-rich forests in Great Britain. FunDivEurope workshop: Adaptability and stability of European forest ecosystems in relation to tree species diversity: a review of the scientific evidence and forest management options, Freiberg.

Beauchamp, K. (2013) Climate Change Adaptation at Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Scotland’s Adaptation Conference, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


A series of three videos and three tutorials describing the principles of species selection using the Ecological Site Classification method and using the ESC decision support tool (2014)

Promotional Video for the SilviFuture database of novel species (2014)

A series of five videos to support adapting Scotland’s forests for resilience to climate change: Forestry and climate change overview, Extreme Weather, Biodiversity, Pests and Diseases, Forestry in a changing and uncertain climate (2013)

Other audiences and other delivery channels

Adaptation indicators for ClimateXChange and the Adaptation Sub Committee

NF1 Proportion of major timber species on Scotland’s National Forest Estate planted in areas likely to be climatically suitable in 2050 (Sitka spruce and Scots pine)
NF4 Diversity of tree species ordered for planting in Scotland
NF5 Planted forest tree species diversity index
NF6 Number of uses & users of the Ecological Site Classification (ESC) decision support tool
NF16 Proportion of coniferous woodland on the National Forest Estate with a high/medium-high risk of wind throw
NF21 Number of uses and users of the ForestGALES decision support tool