Paul Lunt

Academic profile

Dr Paul Lunt

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

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Paul's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 02: SDG 2 - Zero HungerGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 06: SDG 6 - Clean Water and SanitationGoal 08: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 09: SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureGoal 11: SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGoal 12: SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProductionGoal 13: SDG 13 - Climate ActionGoal 14: SDG 14 - Life Below WaterGoal 15: SDG 15 - Life on LandGoal 16: SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Paul

Internal Roles
Programme Leader MSc Environmental Consultancy  Academic Lead Carbon, Offsetting and Knowledge Exchange, Net Zero Exchange Project Director of Low Carbon Devon Project. Sustainable Earth Institute (2019-2023). ERDF funded project supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy Head of Environmental Science (2012-2017)
External Roles
Interim External Examiner, University of Southampton, BSc/MEnvSci Environmental Science (2024) BSc/MEnvSci Environmental Science five-year review, University of Southampton Programme  UoP/UAE academic monitoring lead, Devon County Council, DRIP project (2022-2026) Expert panel member, NordForsk “Nordic University Cooperation” (2023) Defra South-West Lowland Agricultural Peat Task Force committee member (2022) 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 major infrastructure transport projects and landscape recovery projects 

Supervised Research Degrees

Rupert Goddard (2021). An investigation of the impact of a dairy processing unit on a riverine environment. Ph.D. University of Plymouth. 
Tegen Hill (2021). Evaluating the Bude Water Vole Reintroduction Project and the factors which determined the successes and failures. ResM University of Plymouth. 
Mary Lane (2020). Heathland restoration after mineral extraction. Ph.D. University of Plymouth. 
Thomas Murphy (2019). Impacts of climate change on upland oak establishment and the role of oak woodland on soil recovery for natural flood management. Ph.D. University of Plymouth. 
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.


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. 

Contact Paul

A513 Portland Square, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 584580