Dr Paul Lunt
Profiles

Dr Paul Lunt

Associate Professor in Environmental Science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

Internal Roles
Academic Lead for the Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon EDRF funded Project

Head of Environmental Science (2012-2017)
Award Leader MSc Environmental Consultancy (2008-2012)

External Roles
External Examiner, Bath Spa University, Masters in Ecological Impact Assessment (2007-2010)
External Examiner, The University of Greenwich, Masters in Environmental Conservation 2008-2011
Steering Committee Member, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) Skills Gap Project
IEEM Professional Development Programme Tutor (2006-2010)
Principal Investigator, Earthwatch (1998-2004)
Field Studies Council Plant Identification Tutor (2006-2010)
Environmental consultant specializing in Ecological Impact Assessment for the development sector
 

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Environmental Biology 1991

PhD. Thesis 1997:
Effect of Selected ectomycorrhizal species on the growth of Quercus on reinstated open cast coal mining sites. University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Senior Ecology Lecturer, Staffordshire University (1995-2004)
MSc Award Leader Habitat Creation and Management
Manager of Habitat Restoration Research Group
Principal Investigator with Earthwatch
University Admissions Tutor
University Nature Reserve Manager

Principal Consulatant Ecologist, Penny Anderson Associates (2004 -2006)
Providing consultation to government, developers and utility companies on habitat and species management and environmental auditing, including the writing of English Nature research reports, landscape restoration management plans and ecological impact assessments for major transport and residential developments.

Professional membership

Chartered Environmentalist CEnv., 2005-present
Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), 2004-present
Member of the British Ecological Society (BES), 1995-2004
Member of the British Mycological Society (BMS), 1991-2004

Roles on external bodies

Teaching interests

Taught Programmes


BSc Environmental Science
BSc Environmental management and Sustainability

MSc Environmental Consultancy
MSc Sustainable Environmental Management
ResM Environmental Science

Undergraduate Modules 
ENVS1003 The Biosphere 
ENVS1009 Sustainability Science
ENVS2006 Natural Ecosystems and Their Conservation
ENVS3004 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Sciences
ENVS3011 Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
ENVS3001 BSc Research project

Postgraduate Taught Modules

GEES515 Professional Practice in the Environmental Sector
GEES519 Environmental Knowledge: From Field to Stakeholder
GEES517 Environmental Assessment
GEES520 MSc Dissertation
ENVS5003 Ecological Survey, Evaluation and Mitigation 
 
Following several years of project managing ecological consultants, I returned to Higher Education to deliver vocational training in standardised techniques of ecological survey, appraisal and impact assessment, as required by graduate's and postgraduates seeking work in the rapidly expanding UK environmental sector. 

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner, Bath Spa University Masters in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

External Examiner, The University of Greenwich, Masters in Environmental Conservation

Research interests

I am a Plant Scientist specializing on climate change impacts on vegetation. Environmental management associated with species and habitat restoration. Key habitats of interest are semi-natural woodland, grassland and upland communities of nature conservation interest.

Investigation of the ecological impacts associated with land-use change and development; particular in relation to climate change. I am interested in changing rainfall patterns, particularly in the uplands, and how these will effect rates of carbon sequestration, biodiversity and natural flood management. My interests in climate mitigation and adaptation also include urban systems with the planning of green infrastructure and opportunities for living walls and roofs. My published work and that of my research students is associated with habitat restoration and creation. The majority of which relates directly to climate adaptation and geoengineering (peatlands, semi-natural woodlands, heathlands and inter-tidal).

The Independent_ Climate Research Article (15/11/19) https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-flood-rain-climate-change-met-office-carbon-wildlife-forecast-a9203121.html

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/peatlands-of-dartmoor-could-be-crucial-in-fight-against-climate-change

https://www.realworldvisuals.com/blog-1/peatlands-by-dr-paul-lunt


Research Highlights for 2018/2019

Invited speaker: International Peatlands Society, Jubilee Symposium, Rotterdam; Mires project annual research meeting, Exeter University and; the annual Dartmoor Research Lecture hosted by the Dartmoor Society.

• Co-author of international review. Peatland Catchments and Natural Flood Management. IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands.

• Citizen Science Project. Role of oak woodlands in Natural Flood Management. Organisation of research presentations and public consultation meeting with the Environmental Agency and Buckfastleigh Flood Action Group (July 2019).

• Invited member of the Dartmoor National Park Management plan review

Other research

Postgraduate Research Students

Thomas Murphy PhD DoS 2016-2019 

Mary Lane PT PhD (second supervisor) 2014 -2020

Rupert Goddard (second supervisor) 2018 -2021

Tegen Hill PT ResM (second supervisor) 2018 -2021

Kate Vogiatzis PhD (second supervisor) 2019 -2022


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Katie O’Shaughnessy, (2019). Eco-engineering of marine and coastal artificial structures. Ph.D. University of Plymouth.     

Philip Smith (2005). The effect of cutting on the Coleopteran fauna of grass tussocks. Ph.D. Faculty of Health and Science, Staffordshire University.

Anya Moon (2000). The restoration of Blakemere Moss, Delamere Forest, Cheshire. MPhil. School of Sciences, Staffordshire University.

Grants & contracts

Director. The Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon project. A three year, £2.6m programme (£1.1m match, £1.5m ERDF) to support Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University around the low-carbon agenda.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Lunt, P. H., Leigh, J., & Gibb, M. (n.d.) Conservation grazing with Dartmoor Ponies: Reducing Molinia dominance and encouraging the germination of Calluna vulgaris. Pre-print available.

Murphy, T. R., Hanley, M. E., Ellis, J. S., & Lunt, P. H. (2019). Taking the higher ground: deviation between projected and observed precipitation trends varies with altitude. Climate Research. doi:10.3354/cr01583

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-flood-rain-climate-change-met-office-carbon-wildlife-forecast-a9203121.html

Lunt, P. H., Fyfe, R. M., & Tappin, A. D. (2019). Role of recent climate change on carbon sequestration in peatland systems.. Science of the Total Environment, 667, 348-358. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.239

Lane, M., Hanley, M. E., Lunt, P., Knight, M. E., Braungardt, C. B., & Ellis, J. S. (2019). Chronosequence of former kaolinite open cast mines suggests active intervention is required for the restoration of Atlantic heathland. Restoration Ecology. doi:10.1111/rec.12983

Cooper, E. M., Lunt, P. H., Ellis, J. S., & Knight, M. E. (2013). Biogeographical patterns of variation in European populations of the Great Green Bush-cricket (Tettigonia viridissima; Orthoptera Tettigoniidae). Insect Conservation, 17(3), 431-440. doi:10.1007/s10841-012-9525-9

Dover, J. W., Rescia, A., Fungariño, S., Fairburn, J., Carey, P., Lunt, P., . . . Dover, C. J. (2011). Land-use, environment, and their impact on butterfly populations in a mountainous pastoral landscape: species richness and family-level abundance. Journal of Insect Conservation, 15(4), 523-538. doi:10.1007/s10841-010-9331-1

Dover, J. W., Rescia, A., Fungariño, S., Fairburn, J., Carey, P., Lunt, P., . . . Dover, C. J. (2011). Land-use, environment, and their impact on butterfly populations in a mountainous pastoral landscape: individual species distribution and abundance. Journal of Insect Conservation, 15(1-2), 207-220. doi:10.1007/s10841-010-9338-7

Maskall, J. E., Stokes, A., Collins, T., Lea, J., Lunt, P., & Davies, S. (2011). Enabling Remote Access to Fieldwork: Gaining Insight into the Pedagogic Effectiveness of ‘Direct’ and ‘Remote’ Field Activities.. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. doi:10.1080/03098265.2011.619004

Dover, J. W., Rescia, A., Fungariño, S., Fairburn, J., Carey, P., Lunt, P., . . . Dover, C. J. (2010). Can hay harvesting detrimentally affect adult butterfly abundance?. Journal of Insect Conservation, 14(4), 413-418. doi:10.1007/s10841-010-9267-5

Smith, P. H., Dover, J. W., Lunt, P. H., & Mitchell, P. (2006). An improved standardized method for sampling and processing the coleopterous fauna of grass tussocks. Entomologist’s Gazette, 57, 153-164.

Lunt, P. H., & Hedger, J. N. (2003). Effects of organic enrichment of mine spoil on growth and nutrient uptake in oak seedlings inoculated with selected ectomycorrhizal fungi. Restoration Ecology, 11(2), 125-130.

Lunt, P. H., & Hedger, J. N. (1996). A survey of mycorrhizal infection of trees in the terra firme rainforest, Cuyabeno, Ecuador. Mycologist, 10(4), 161-165. doi:10.1016/s0269-915x(96)80010-3


Articles
Murphy TR, Hanley ME, Ellis JS & Lunt PH 2019 'Taking the higher ground: deviation between projected and observed precipitation trends varies with altitude' Climate Research , DOI PEARL
Lane M, Hanley ME, Lunt P, Knight ME, Braungardt CB & Ellis JS 2019 'Chronosequence of former kaolinite open cast mines suggests active intervention is required for the restoration of Atlantic heathland' Restoration Ecology , DOI PEARL
Lunt PH, Fyfe RM & Tappin AD 2019 'Role of recent climate change on carbon sequestration in peatland systems' Science of the Total Environment 667, 348-358 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Cooper EM, Lunt PH, Ellis JS & Knight ME 2013 'Biogeographical patterns of variation in European populations of the Great Green Bush-cricket (Tettigonia viridissima; Orthoptera Tettigoniidae)' Insect Conservation 17, (3) 431-440 , DOI
Dover JW, Rescia A, Fungarino S, Fairburn J, Carey P, Lunt P, Arnot C, Dennis RLH & Dover CJ 2011 'Land-use, environment, and their impact on butterfly populations in a mountainous pastoral landscape: species richness and family-level abundance' JOURNAL OF INSECT CONSERVATION 15, (4) 523-538 Author Site , DOI
Dover JW, Rescia A, Fungarino S, Fairburn J, Carey P, Lunt P, Arnot C, Dennis RLH & Dover CJ 2011 'Land-use, environment, and their impact on butterfly populations in a mountainous pastoral landscape: individual species distribution and abundance' JOURNAL OF INSECT CONSERVATION 15, (1-2) 207-220 Author Site , DOI
Maskall JE, Stokes A, Collins T, Lea J, Lunt P & Davies S 2011 'Enabling Remote Access to Fieldwork: Gaining Insight into the Pedagogic Effectiveness of ‘Direct’ and ‘Remote’ Field Activities' Journal of Geography in Higher Education , DOI
Dover JW, Rescia A, Fungarino S, Fairburn J, Carey P, Lunt P, Dennis RLH & Dover CJ 2010 'Can hay harvesting detrimentally affect adult butterfly abundance?' JOURNAL OF INSECT CONSERVATION 14, (4) 413-418 Author Site , DOI
Smith PH, Dover JW, Lunt PH & Mitchell P 2006 'An improved standardized method for sampling and processing the coleopterous fauna of grass tussocks' Entomologist’s Gazette 57, 153-164
Lunt PH & Hedger JN 2003 'Effects of organic enrichment of mine spoil on growth and nutrient uptake in oak seedlings inoculated with selected ectomycorrhizal fungi' Restoration Ecology 11, (2) 125-130
Lunt PH & Hedger JN 1996 'A survey of mycorrhizal infection of trees in the terra firme rainforest, Cuyabeno, Ecuador' Mycologist 10, (4) 161-165 , DOI
Conference Papers
Lunt P and Dover J. 2007 'Butterflies and orchid distribution in the Deva Valley, Picos de Europa, Spain.' High Value Grasslands: providing biodiversity, a clean environment and premium products 209-212
Reports

Allot, T., Auñón, T., Dunn, J., Evans, C., Labadz, J., Lunt, P., . . . Walker, J. (2019). Peatland Catchments and Natural Flood Management. Review commissioned by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands..

Bain, C.G., Bonn, A., Stoneman, R., Chapman, S., Coupar, A., Evans, M., Gearey, B., Howat, M., Joosten, H., Keenleyside, C., Labadz, J., Lindsay, R., Littlewood, N., Lunt, P., Miller, C.J., Moxey, A., Orr, H., Reed, M., Smith, P., Swales, V., Thompson, D.B.A., Thompson, P.S., Van de Noort, R., Wilson, J.D. & Worrall, F.. (2011). IUCN UK Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands.: Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands. UK: Published by the IUCN UK Peatland Programm. Retrieved from http://www.iucn-uk-peatlandprogramme.org/sites/all/files/IUCN%20UK%20Commission%20of%20Inquiry%20on%20Peatlands%20Full%20Report%20spv%20web.pdf

Lunt, P., Allott, T., Anderson, P., Buckler, M., Coupar, A., Jones, P., Labadz, J. & Worrall, P. (2010) Peatland Restoration. Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme. Edinburgh. (2010). Peatland Restoration. Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme.: Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme..

Littlewood, N., Anderson, P., Artz, R., Bragg, O., Lunt, P. & Marrs, R.. (2010). Peatland Biodiversity. Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme..

Lunt. (2006). Consultation Report and Recommendations - Biodiversity Enhancement Areas for the West Midlands Region..

Lunt, P. H. (2006). A review of the effects of recreation and sport on nature conservation.

Allott T 2019 Peatland Catchments and Natural Flood Management. Review commissioned by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands.
Allot T, Auñón T, Dunn J, Evans C, Labadz J, Lunt P, MacDonald M, Nisbet T, Owen R & Pilkington M 2019 Peatland Catchments and Natural Flood Management. Review commissioned by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands.
Bain, C.G., Bonn, A., Stoneman, R., Chapman, S., Coupar, A., Evans, M., Gearey, B., Howat, M., Joosten, H., Keenleyside, C., Labadz, J., Lindsay, R., Littlewood, N., Lunt, P., Miller, C.J., Moxey, A., Orr, H., Reed, M., Smith, P., Swales, V., Thompson, D.B.A., Thompson, P.S., Van de Noort, R., Wilson, J.D. & Worrall & F. 2011 IUCN UK Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands. Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands International Union for the Conservation of Nature UK Published by the IUCN UK Peatland Programm Publisher Site
Littlewood, N., Anderson, P., Artz, R., Bragg, O., Lunt, P. & Marrs & R. 2010 Peatland Biodiversity. Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme.
Lunt, P., Allott, T., Anderson, P., Buckler, M., Coupar, A., Jones, P., Labadz, J. & Worrall & P. (2010) Peatland Restoration. Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme. Edinburgh 2010 Peatland Restoration. Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme. Report to IUCN UK Peatland Programme.
Lunt 2006 Consultation Report and Recommendations - Biodiversity Enhancement Areas for the West Midlands Region. English Nature
Lunt PH 2006 A review of the effects of recreation and sport on nature conservation. English Nature

Other academic activities

Provider of Professional Development Training:

Ecological Impact Assessment
Common Standards Monitoring for Habitats of Nature Conservation
Habitat Restoration and Management
Plant species Identification
Fungal species Identification