Dr Ruth Weaver

Dr Ruth Weaver

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Physical Geography

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



I am Associate Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. 


B.A. (Hons) Geography University of Reading 1981

PhD Remote sensing of moorland vegetation University of Durham 1987

Before joining the Unversity at Plymouth I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Aberdeen, working on a NERC-funded project examining vegetation succession

Professional membership

Member of:

British Ecological Society

Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society


Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)



Teaching interests

My teaching responsibilities lie in the fields of landscape ecology, biogeography, biological conservation and remote sensing. I lead a final year module in Biological Conservation, contribute to Stage 1 teaching in the area of biogeography and biodiversity loss and to modules in GIS and remote sensing. I advise undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking dissertations in these areas. I contribute to a variety of field courses and modules on geographical methods, including quantitative techniques.





Research interests

My main interests are in:

• developing methodologies to identify, describe and account for spatial pattern in vegetation, particularly in areas of rapid change between plant communities or ecosystems.

• determining the extent to which information on such pattern can be extracted from remotely sensed data



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Hedge C, Weaver R & Schnall S (2017) 'Spatial Learning and Wayfinding in an Immersive Environment: The Digital Fulldome' Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 20, (5) 327-333 , DOI
Schnall S, Hedge C & Weaver R (2012) 'The Immersive Virtual Environment of the digital fulldome: Considerations of relevant psychological processes' International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 70, (8) 561-575 , DOI
Stokes A, Magnier K & Weaver R (2011) 'What is the Use of Fieldwork? Conceptions of Students and Staff in Geography and Geology' Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35, (1) 121-141 , DOI
Kent M, Moyeed RA, Reid CL, Pakeman R & Weaver R (2006) 'Geostatistics, spatial rate of change analysis and boundary detection in plant ecology and biogeography' Progress in Physical Geography 30, (2) 201-231
Armitage RP, Kent M & Weaver RE (2004) 'Identification of the spectral characteristics of British semi-natural upland vegetation using direct ordination: a case study from Dartmoor, UK' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING 25, (17) 3369-3388 Author Site , DOI
Armitage RP, Kent M & Weaver RE (2004) 'Identification of the spectral characteristics of British semi-natural upland vegetation using direct ordination: a case study from Dartmoor, UK' International Journal of Remote Sensing 25, (17) 3369-3388
Brayshay BA, Gilbertson DD, Kent M, Edwards KJ, Wathern P & Weaver RE (2000) 'Surface pollen-vegetation relationships on the Atlantic seaboard: South Uist, Scotland' JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY 27, (2) 359-378 Author Site , DOI
Ashmore P, Brayshay BA, Edwards KJ, Gilbertson DD, Grattan JP, Kent M, Pratt KE & Weaver RE (2000) 'Allochthonous and autochthonous mire deposits, slope instability and palaeoenvironmental investigations in the Borve Valley, Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland' HOLOCENE 10, (1) 97-108 Author Site , DOI
Kent M, Gill WJ, Weaver RE & Armitage RP (1997) 'Landscape and plant community boundaries in biogeography' PROGRESS IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY-EARTH AND ENVIRONMENT 21, (3) 315-353 Author Site , DOI
Weaver R & Chalkley B (1997) 'Introducing objective tests and OMR‐based student assessment: A case study' Journal of Geography in Higher Education 21, (1) 114-121 , DOI
Kenti M, Brayshay B, Gilbertson D, Wathern P & Weaver R (1994) 'A biogeographical study of plant communities and environmental gradients on South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland' Scottish Geographical Magazine 110, (2) 85-99 , DOI
Bale AJ, Tocher MD, Weaver R, Hudson SJ & Aiken J (1994) 'Laboratory measurements of the spectral properties of estuarine suspended particles' Netherlands Journal of Aquatic Ecology 28, (3-4) 237-244 , DOI
Kent M, Jones A & Weaver R (1993) 'Geographical information systems and remote sensing in land use planning: an introduction' Applied Geography 13, (1) 5-8 , DOI
WARD† SA, WEAVER RE & BROWN RW (1989) 'Cover Monitoring heather burning in the North York Moors National Park using multi-temporal Thematic Mapper data' International Journal of Remote Sensing 10, (7) 1151-1153 , DOI
KNIGHT P, WEAVER R & SUGDEN D (1987) 'Technical note. Using LANDSAT MSS data for measuring ice sheet retreat' International Journal of Remote Sensing 8, (7) 1069-1074 , DOI
WEAVER RE (1987) 'Spectral separation of moorland vegetation in airborne Thematic Mapper data' International Journal of Remote Sensing 8, (1) 43-55 , DOI
Weaver RE (1984) 'Integration of remote sensing data for moorland mapping' Satellite remote sensing. Proc. 10th anniversary conference, Reading, 1984, (Remote Sensing Society, University of Reading) 191-200
Conference Papers