Dr Ruth Weaver

Dr Ruth Weaver

Deputy Head of School

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


In my role as Deputy Head with responsibility for teaching and learning I chair the School’s Teaching and Learning committee. I also Chair the University’s Academic Regulations Sub-Committee and am, therefore, a member of the University’s Teaching and Learning Committee. Separately, I am a member of the University’s Academic Board. In 2012-13 I chaired the project steering group which led to the opening of University Technical College (UTC) Plymouth in September 2013 and am currently the Chair of Governors of UTC Plymouth.  In the spring of 2014 I was a member of the group convened by the A-level Content Advisory Board (ALCAB) to re-draft the A-level Geography syllabus. 


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

Teaching interests

My teaching responsibilities lie in the fields of landscape ecology, biogeography, biological conservation and remote sensing. I lead a Stage 2 module in Landscape Ecology and a stage 3 module in Biological conservation, contribute to a Stage 3 module in GIS and remote sensing in Earth Sciences and 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 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
Weaver R & Chalkley B 1997 'Introducing objective tests and omr-based student assessment: A case study' Journal of Geography in Higher Education 21, (1) 114-126
Kent M, Gill WJ, Weaver RE & Armitage RP 1997 'Landscape and plant community boundaries in biogeography' PROGRESS IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 21, (3) 315-353 Author Site , 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