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Tom Ovenden

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PhD project assessing the resilience of UK forests to extreme climatic events

Tom joined Forest Research as a PhD student in 2018. His PhD is focused on assessing the resilience of UK forests to extreme climatic events, with a focus on drought.

Tom completed a Masters in Environmental Forestry at the University of Bangor, which focused on forest habitat networks, reintroduction biology and dispersal ecology; his thesis project used eco-evolutionary, spatially explicit individual based modelling to improve the reintroduction success of large carnivores.

Prior to his Masters studies Tom has been involved in fraud analytics, biosecurity, and conservation both in Scotland and New Zealand.

Affiliations

Associate of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

PhD student
Silviculture and wood properties

NRS

Northern Research Station

Bush Estate

Roslin

Scotland

Related Research

Research

Assessing the resilience of UK forests to extreme climatic events

This project aims to quantify the historic impact and legacy of extreme climatic events on UK forests using tree-ring chronologies, climate and soil data. It focuses on species of major importance to UK forestry in order to provide the information basis for building adaptive capacity into future forest planning and decision making.

Status current

Related Publications

Publication

Life after recovery: Increased resolution of forest resilience assessment sheds new light on post-drought compensatory growth and recovery dynamics

Understanding the impacts of extreme drought on forest productivity requires a comprehensive assessment of tree and forest resilience. However, current approaches to quantifying resilience limit our understanding of forest response dynamics, recovery trajectories and drought legacies by constraining the temporal scale and resolution of assessment. We compared individual tree growth histories with growth forecasted using […]

Published

Peer reviewed journal articles

Ovenden, T.S., Perks, M.P., Clarke, T.-K., Mencuccini, M., Jump, A.S., 2021. Threshold Response to Extreme Drought Shifts Inter-Tree Growth Dominance in Pinus sylvestris. Front. For. Glob. Chang. 4, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2021.737342

Ovenden, T.S., Perks, M.P., Clarke, T‐K, Mencuccini, M, Jump, A.S. Life after recovery: Increased resolution of forest resilience assessment sheds new light on post‐drought compensatory growth and recovery dynamics. J Ecol. 2021; 00: 1– 14. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13576

Thompson, D.L., Ovenden, T.S., Pennycott, T., Nager, R.G., 2020. The prevalence and source of plastic incorporated into nests of five seabird species on a small offshore island. Mar Pollut Bull. 154:111076. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111076

Ovenden, T.S., Palmer, S.C.F., Travis, J.M.J., Healey, J.R., 2019. Improving reintroduction success in large carnivores through individual

based modelling: How to reintroduce Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to Scotland. BiolConserv. 234, 140–153. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2019.03.035

 

Ovenden, T.S., 2019. The potential for lynx reintroduction to Scotland: Innovative modelling provides robust scientific evidence to inform

decision making. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.35390.84806 (Policy brief).