Vanessa Burton

MSc, BSc


Related research

Research topic

Land Use and Ecosystem Services

The research aims to increase our understanding of how woodlands and wooded landscapes provide a diverse range of ecosystem services (ES), and to help policymakers, forest managers and planners understand and assess how the specific placement and management of woodlands affects ES delivery at various scales.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
Research topic

B4EST – adaptive breeding for productive, sustainable and resilient forests under climate change

B4EST will offer new understanding about how adaptive forest breeding can be used to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under climate change and natural disturbances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Tree breeding
Research topic

Understanding stakeholder visions for woodland expansion in Scotland

The development of stakeholder visions for woodland expansion in Scotland from analysing organisational documents, workshops and interviews.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening

Research topics

Current projects:

  • B4EST:  providing an understanding of how adaptive forest breeding can be used to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under climate change and natural disturbances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions
  • Visions for Woodland Expansion in 21st Century Scotland: alternative governance pathways and ecosystem service implications (PhD Thesis). An interdisciplinary approach combining evidence synthesis, stakeholder engagement and agent-based modelling.

Recently/previously completed projects:

  • Understanding stakeholder visions for woodland expansion: a mixed method approach using existing published sources and stakeholder feedback and input to determine the values that different Scottish stakeholders have for woodland expansion, and to translate these into alternative storylines, or visions.

Related publications

Peer reviewed papers

UK landscape ecology: trends and perspectives from the first 25 years of ialeUK

With 2017 marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the UK chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (ialeUK), current members of its organising committee set out to examine the content of past ialeUK conferences and, with input from past ialeUK contributors, reflect on what observed patterns might mean for shaping future landscape research.

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research

Peer reviewed papers

  • Burton, V., Metzger, M. J., Brown, C., & Moseley, D. (2018). Green Gold to Wild Woodlands; understanding stakeholder visions for woodland expansion in Scotland. Landscape Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-018-0674-4

  • Burton, V., Moseley, D., Brown, C., Metzger, M. J., & Bellamy, P. (2018). Reviewing the evidence base for the effects of woodland expansion on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the United Kingdom. Forest Ecology and Management, 430, 366–379. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.08.003