Shelley Barbour, BSc Hons, MSc

Spatial Analyst

Shelley Barbour


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5952

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Shelley joined Forest Research as a spatial analyst in 2014. Shelley has a background as an ecologist & has been a GIS analyst for over 7 years with experience in spatial analysis, mapping and manipulating spatial & remote sensing data through various roles. She has previously worked at Natural Research Ltd, The Department of Conservation in New Zealand and Timberlands a commercial forestry company also in New Zealand.  Shelley studied for her undergraduate degree at Aberdeen University in 2005 and was awarded her Masters Ecology degree also in Aberdeen, in 2009.

Current role

Spatial Analyst

In her current role as part of the Land Use and Ecosystem Services team, Shelley is involved in various projects using remote sensing data to assess land cover and habitats for the potential to improve ecological habitat networks and models. She also organises and leads the GIS User group at Forest Research.

Current projects

Land Use and Ecosystem Service Science Group

Using object-based image analysis to delineate trees and garden types to categorise different greenspace typologies in order to assess the contribution that urban greenspaces make to biodiversity and improving people’s well-being and the green economy as part of an Edinburgh case study.


Member of the Association of Geographic Information

Main recent publications

Barbour, S., Bellamy, C., Burton, V., Moseley, D. and Watts, K. 2015. Conference Paper: Ecological networks in practice: providing evidence for spatial planning and habitat management decisions with informative and intuitive indicators

Darren Moseley, Shelley Barbour & Chloe Bellamy. 2015. Clyde habitat and development analysis. Forestry Commission Report.