Dr Paul Lunt
Profiles

Dr Paul Lunt

Associate Professor in Environmental Science

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

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

Key publications

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 Open access
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 Open access
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.
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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 in 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 ecological engineering (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 2019/2020

Dartmoor Society Annual Research Lecture (Nov. 2019). Presentation. Conservation grazing with Dartmoor Ponies.

High Water, Common Ground - Natural Flood Management (NFM) public consultation meeting with the Environmental Agency and Buckfastleigh Flood Action Group (July 2019). Convener and presenter. Climate change on Dartmoor and NFM research findings.

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

SoGEES A-level climate change conference. Opening address. The Carbon Cycle and Science of Climate Change. December 2019.



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

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 Open access
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 Open access
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.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

2020 Ellis J.S., Lunt P.H., Bull J.N., Burchett S., Hill S.J., Alamad A., Bagri K., Carreno Solano M., Higgins C., Jackson W., Matthews D., Mogford H., Peecock A., Strang J., Williams R. & Firth L. Does enemy-release contribute to the spread of the tropical invasive plant Clidemia hirta (Myrtales: Melastomataceae) in Peninsular Malaysia? Submitted to the Journal of Plant Ecology and Evolution. 

2020 O’Shaughnessy KA., Yunnie, ALE., Hawkins, S J., Hanley. ME., Lunt, P., Thompson, R. C. & Firth, L. B. Occurrence and assemblage composition of intertidal non-native species may be influenced by shipping patterns and artificial structures Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1asxl,ashxlQv

2020 Murphy T., Hanley ME., Ellis JS & Lunt PH. To plant or not to plant? Native oak establishment in upland pastoral systems (in prep Journal of Environmental Management).

2020 Lunt PH., Leigh J., McNeil S & Gibb, M. Using Dartmoor Ponies in conservation grazing to reduce Molinia caerulea dominance and encourage germination of Calluna vulgaris in heathland vegetation on Dartmoor, UK. In Review Journal of Conservation Evidence.

2020 Murphy T., Hanley ME., Ellis JS & Lunt PH. Native woodland establishment improves soil hydrological functioning in UK upland pastoral catchment. Land Degradation & Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3762

O’Shaughnessy, KA., Hawkins, SJ., Evans, AJ., Hanley, ME., Lunt, PH., Thompson, R.C., Francis, RA., Hoggart, S., Moore, PJ., Ducker, J & Firth LB. (2019) Design catalogue for eco-engineering of coastal artificial structures: a multifunctional approach for stakeholders and end-users. Urban Ecosystems, 1-13. DOI 10.1007/s11252-019-00924

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 2020 'Native woodland establishment improves soil hydrological functioning in UK upland pastoral catchments' Land Degradation & Development , DOI
O'Shaughnessy KA, Hawkins SJ, Yunnie ALE, Hanley ME, Lunt P, Thompson RC & Firth LB 2020 'Occurrence and assemblage composition of intertidal non-native species may be influenced by shipping patterns and artificial structures' Marine Pollution Bulletin 154, 111082-111082 , DOI Open access
Goddard R, Gardner MJ, Hutchinson TH, Lunt P, Pearson HBC, Tappin A, Schofield HK, Attfield T, Worsfold P & Comber S 2020 'Physico-chemical factors controlling the speciation of phosphorus in English and Welsh rivers' Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts , DOI Open access
O’Shaughnessy KA, Hawkins SJ, Evans AJ, Hanley ME, Lunt P, Thompson RC, Francis RA, Hoggart SPG, Moore PJ & Iglesias G 2019 'Design catalogue for eco-engineering of coastal artificial structures: a multifunctional approach for stakeholders and end-users' Urban Ecosystems 23, (2) 431-443 , DOI Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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

2019: Lunt PH. Deviation between projected and observed precipitation trends greater with altitude. Biogeochemistry Annual Research Conference. University of Plymouth December.

2019: Lunt PH & Harry B. Processes of vegetation change following the hydrological restoration of blanket mire in the UK. Results of ten years of monitoring on restored and control sites on Dartmoor National Park. Invited speaker at South West Water and Mires Project Forum. Exeter University, Jan.

2018: Lunt PH & Hanley, B. Processes of vegetation change following the hydrological restoration of blanket mire in South West England. Presented at the International Peatlands Society, Jubilee Symposium, Rotterdam.

2018: Lane, M., Ellis, J., Lunt, PH., Hanley & Knight, M. What happens after restoration occurs. In Abstract of British Ecological Society. Securing Our Natural Environment for Future Generations, Portugal

2018: Murphy, T & Lunt PH. At the limits of growth? – Evidence for impacts of recent climate change on the growth of Quercus robur in relic upland Atlantic oak woodland. Submitted to Abstracts of The ICEBE: 20th International Conference on Ecology, Biodiversity and Environment. Berlin, Germany.

2015: Lunt, P.H. & Cooper, F. Dartmoor Mires Project. In proceedings of The Fourth Annual ISSR Sustainability Research Event: Building Sustainability Research with Foundations. University of Plymouth

2013: Lunt, P.H. Valuing Terrestrial Ecosystem services. In proceedings of The second Annual ISSR Sustainability Research Event: Responding to the challenges of living with environmental change. University of Plymouth

2013:  Lunt, P.H. Allot, T., Anderson, P., Buckler, B., Coupar, A., Jones, P. & Labadz, J. Chair of Ecological Perspectives on Restoration. IUCN Investing in Peatlands; Partnership for a New Peatland Era. York University.

2010: Lunt, P.H. Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands. Open Inquiry Review Team Leader. Scottish Parliament

2010: Lunt, P.H. Allot, T., Anderson, P., Buckler, B., Coupar, A., Jones, P., Labadz, J., Worrall, P., and Evans, M. IUCN Review of the Impacts of Peatland Restoration. In Investing in Peatlands – the Climate Challenge. University of Durham.

2007: Lunt, P.H. & Dover, J.W. Butterflies and orchid distribution in the Deva Valley, Picos de Europa, Spain. In High Value Grasslands. Proceedings of the British Grasslands Society Conference. University of Keele

2003: Lunt, P. H. & Dover, J.W. Impacts of land-use change on butterflies and orchids of the Picos de Europa, Northern Spain. Annual report and presentation at Earthwatch International’s Annual Conference in Boston, USA.

2001: Atkinson, D. A. & Lunt, P. H. Effects of management on the above ground competition and mycorrhizal infection associated with orchids in mesotrophic grassland. In: Proceedings of International Orchid Workshop. University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, May 6-13, 2001.

2000: Lunt, P. H. & Moon, The Restoration of Blakemere Moss. In: Abstracts of Vegetation Management Association of Applied Biology. University of York.

1995: Lunt, P.H., Hedger, J.N. & Schafer, C. A survey of mycorrhizal infection of the trees in the terra Firme rainforest, Reserva de Produccion Cuyabeno, Ecuador. In: Abstracts of the 7th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Santos, Brazil.

1994: Lunt, P.H., Hedger, J.N. & Savidge J.P. Natural re-colonisation of reinstated open cast coal mine sites by the ectomycorrhizal fungi of Quercus petraea. In: Abstracts of the European Symposium on Mycorrhizas, Granada, Spain.


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

Reports & invited lectures

Dartmoor Society Annual Research Lecture (Nov. 2019). Presentation. Conservation grazing with Dartmoor Ponies.

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