Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Woodland Ecology and Conservation, with or without placement.

I grew up in a place with more lamposts than trees. I worked in a suit and tie in a city, until I had a moment of epiphany whilst hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, Canada. I remember looking up at the big trees and realising I preferred them to the big buildings I worked in. I studied as a mature student as far away from my former workplace as possible. I thought I would get a job as a forester on a private estate after graduating, but I was a mature student who found my vocation at university. Having struggled with A levels, I enjoyed my degree. I spent my placement year at the Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute and found the research difficult, but exciting. My PhD fieldwork was based in dense Sitka spruce stands and on clearfell/restock sites, now I prefer to work in Atlantic oakwoods. I thought by studying trees I could escape from people, but now I enjoy helping students learn about how trees, woods and forests can benefit human society. I am a forest management educated woodland ecology lecturer.

I am the module leader for:

Introduction to Managing Trees, Woods and Forests

Measuring Trees and Forests

Woodland Ecology and Conservation

Forest Carbon Management

And I contribute to other modules in the National School of Forestry and the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, especially where I can help students gain the skills and expertise in sustainable forest management to combat climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, the twin challenges of our time.

Qualifications and memberships

2005 PhD Forestry (Aberdeen) - Nutrient cycling in forests

2009 Post-Graduate Certificate in Research Studnet Supervision (UCLan)

Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (i.e. Chartered Forester)

Leader of Working Group 1 of EU COST Action CA15226 Climate Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions (CLIMO)

University of Cumbria representative on Lake District National Park Partnership Climate Change SubGroup

Member of British Ecological Society's Forest Ecology Group.

Academic and research interests

My research interests can be summarised as:

''The effects of forest and woodland management on ....'

For example, my own PhD could be summarised as:

'The effects of forest management on nutrients'.

I would like to try and switching this around too:

'The effects of ....... on forest/woodland management.'

In particular, I am interested in persue my work as the leader of a working group defining climate smart forestry by investigating methods of assessing criteria and indicators measuring management interventions to improve climate adaptation or mitigation by forestry.

If you are a potential collaborator, or a possible PhD student with an idea that might broadly fit under this canopy, let me know. If you are a current student thinking about dissertation ideas, come and have a chat.

Research supervision


The effects of forest management on soil carbon - Mauro Lanfranchi (with Dr Elena Vanguelova at Forest Research)

The effects of woodland management, and climate change, on hazel dormouse - Rachel Findlay-Robinson (with Dr Davina Hill and Dr Volker Deecke)


The effects of woodland management on bats - Dr Andy Carr (with Professor Gareth Jones at University of Bristol) (Completed)

The effects of woodland management on butterflies - Dr Donna Taylor (Completed)

The development of community renewable energy projects - Dr Jenny Rogers (Completed)


Bowditch,E, Santopuoli, G, Binder, F, del Rio, M, La Porta, N, Kluvankova, T, Lesinski, J, Motta, R Pach, M, Panzacchi, P, Pretzsch, H, Temperli, C, Tonon, G, Velikova, V, Smith, M, Weatherall, A Tognetti, R (2020) What is Climate-Smart Forestry? A definition from a multinational collaborative process focused on mountain regions of Europe. Accepted by Mountain Research and Development (International Mountain Society)

Carr, A, Weatherall, A and Jones, G, (2020). The effects of thinning management on bats and their insect prey in temperate broadleaved woodland. Forest Ecology and Management.

Carr, A, Zeale, M, Weatherall, A, Froidevaux, J & Jones, G, 2018. ‘Ground-based and LiDAR-derived measurements reveal scale-dependent selection of roost characteristics by the rare tree-dwelling bat Barbastella barbastellus’. Forest Ecology and Management, vol 417., pp. 237-246

Nair, R.K.F., Perks, M.P., Weatherall, A., Baggs, E.M. and Mencuccini, M. 2016. Does canopy nitrogen uptake enhance carbon sequestration by trees? Global Change Biology 22: 875 – 888.

Nair R, Weatherall A, Perks M, Mencuccini M. 2014. Stem injection of 15N-NH4NO3 into mature Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis). Tree Physiology 34: 1130-1140.

Taylor, D.L., Ramsey, A., Convery, I., Lawrence, A. and Weatherall, A., 2013. The impacts of commercial woodland management on woodland butterfly biodiversity in Morecambe Bay, UK. Conservation Evidence 10: 10-15.

Bogdanou, T., Starr, C.B., Weatherall, A. and Leslie, A.D., 2013. Use of the internet and social media in the forestry profession in the United Kingdom. International Forestry Review 15(2) 147-159.

Churchland, C. , Weatherall, A., Briones, M.J.I. and Grayston, S., 2012. Stable-isotope-labeling and probing of recent photosynthates into respired CO2 soil microbes and soil mesofauna using a xylem and phloem stem-injection technique on Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis). Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 26: 2493-2501.

Mason, W.L., McKay, H.M., Weatherall, A., Connolly, T. and Harrison, A.J., 2012. Effects of whole tree harvesting on development of Sitka spruce stands on three sites in upland Britain. I – Tree growth after ten years.Forestry 85: 111-123.

(2012 Silvicultural Prize, awarded by the Institute of Chartered Foresters for the best paper in Forestry that year)

Rogers, J.C., Simmons, E.A., Convery, I. and Weatherall, A., 2012. Social impacts of commmunity renewable energy. Findings from a woodfuel heating initiative. Energy Policy 42: 239-247.

Rogers, J.C., Simmons, E.A., Convery, I., Weatherall, A., 2012. What factors enable community- leadership of renewable energy projects? Lessons from a woodfuel heating initiative. Local Economy 27, 209-222.

Rogers, J.C., Convery, I., Simmons, E.A. and Weatherall, A., 2012. What does it mean to be a friendly outsider? Critical reflection on finding a role as an action researcher with communities developing renewable energy projects. Educational Action Research 20: 201-218.

Matyssek, R., Wieser, G., Calfapietra, C., de Vries, W., Dizengremel, P., Ernst, D.,  Jolivet, Y., Mikkelsen, T.N., Mohren, G.M.J., Le Thiec, D., Tuovinen, J.-P.,  Weatherall, A. and Paoletti, E., 2012. Forests under climate change and air pollution: Gaps in understanding and future directions for research. Environmental Pollution 160: 57-65

Adamu, L., Diarra, S.S. and Weatherall, A., 2011. The effects of pre-treatments on the germination of African Locust Bean (Parika biglobosa). International Journal of the Agriculture 3: 37-

Petrokofsky, G., Brown, N.D. Hemery, G.E., Woodward, S., Wilson, E., Weatherall, A., Stokes, V., Smithers, R.J., Sangster, M., Russell, K., Pullin, A.S., Price, C., Morecroft, M., Malins, M., Lawrence, A., Kirby, K.J., Godbold, D., Charman, E., Boshier, D., Bosbeer, S., and Arnold, J.E.M. 2010. A participatory process for identifying and prioritizing policy-relevant research questions in natural resource management: a case study from the UK forestry sector. Forestry 83:357-367

Rogers, J.C., Simmons, E.A., Convery, I. and Weatherall, A. 2008. Public perceptions of community-based renewable energy projects. Energy Policy, 36: 4217-4226.

Cope, M.H., Leslie, A.D. and Weatherall, A.  2008. The potential suitability of provenances of Eucalyptus gunii for short rotation forestry in the UK. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 102, 185-194. 

Weatherall, A., Proe, M.F., Craig, J., Cameron, A.D., McKay, H.M. and Midwood, A.J. 2006. Tracing N, K, Mg and Ca released from decomposing biomass to new tree growth. Part II: A model system simulating harvest root decomposition on clear fell sites. Biomass & Bioenergy, 30, 1060-1066.

Weatherall, A., Proe, M.F., Craig, J., Cameron, A.D., McKay, H.M. and Midwood, A.J. 2006. Tracing N, K, Mg and Ca released from decomposing biomass to new tree growth. Part I: A model system simulating harvest residue decomposition on conventionally harvested clear fell sites. Biomass & Bioenergy, 30, 1053-1059.

Weatherall, A., Proe, M.F., Craig, J., Cameron, A.D. and Midwood, A.J. 2006. Internal cycling of nitrogen, potassium and magnesium in young Sitka spruce. Tree Physiology, 26, 673-680.

General articles

Weatherall, A., Carver, S., Fenton, L., Everitt, J. and Convery, I. (2019). Rewilding: continuing the debate. The Ecologist.

Weatherall, A. Every sandwich needs a filling. Forestry Journal, June 2019 (298). pp. 20-21.

Weatherall, A. Climate smart forestry. The Ecologist.

Weatherall, A. What ‘rewilding’ really means for forestry. The Guardian. 25th May 2019

Weatherall, A. So many ways - big and small - to capture carbon. Letter in The Guardian, 4th April 2019.

Weatherall, A. Forestry is Applied Mathematics. Part 2. Pythagoras' Theorem and SOHCAHTOA. Mathematics in School, 48 (2), 8-9.

Weatherall, A. Forestry is Applied Mathematics. Part 1. Using pi. Mathematics in School, 48 (2), 8-9.

Weatherall, A. 2009. Food, wood or fuel? Where is the land for growing dedicated energy crops in the United Kingdom. Forestry Journal, 05/09, 26-27.


Gracie, J. and Weatherall, ADo Plants Eat Dirt? The Naked Scientists, Podcast and Transcript, 21st January 2019.

Book chapters

Weatherall, A., van der Velden, N., Wallace, C. and Atkins, R., 2013. Young Wood: a woodland beyond the edge. In Trees beyond the wood. An exploration of concepts of woods, forests and trees. Eds. Rotherham, I.D., Handley, C. Agnoletti, M. and Samojilik, T. Wildtrack Publishing, U.K.

Rogers, J., Convery, I ., S., Simmons, E. & Weatherall, A., 2012. Local renewables for local places? Attitudes to renewable energy and the role of communities in place-based renewable energy development. In Convery, I, Davis P & Corsane, G. (Eds) Making Sense of Place. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.

Information booklet

Hagon, S., Ottitsch, A., Convery, I., Herbert, A., Leafe, R., Robson, D. and Weatherall, A. (2013). Managing land for carbon: a guide for farmers, land managers and advisors. Lake District National Park / University of Cumbria.

Recent external roles

MSc by Research Examiner at University of Bristol.