Kieron Doick BSc, MRes, PhD

Acting Head, Urban Forest Research GroupKieron Doick

Email: kieron.doick@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Twitter: @KieronDoickFR

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5641
Fax: +44 (0)1420 520180

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

Kieron received a 1st class honours in Environmental Science with Chemistry at the University of Plymouth in 2000 before moving to Lancaster University to undertake an MRes. Kieron’s Masters project was part of an international collaboration, investigating the effects of climate change on VOC emissions from plants. He then undertook a NERC CASE (National Grid plc) studentship at Lancaster University investigating the bioavailability of organic contaminants in soil. Kieron undertook a short post-doctoral position at Lancaster having been awarded his PhD in 2005, before moving to Forest Research in June, 2005.

Current role

Science Group Leader

Acting Head, Urban Forest Research Group. Roles include:

  • Conducting research on the urban forest, urban greenspace and land regeneration to forestry.
  • Working with Forestry Commission and external partners in regeneration programmes.

Current programmes

Urban Forests in the UK
This project delivers scientific knowledge on the UK’s urban forests. Our work includes quantification and assessment of the urban forests of towns and cities across the UK, quantifying helping to clarify the role of urban forests in delivering ecosystem service benefits to society and valuing these services.

i-Tree Eco in the UK
This project aims to facilitate the use of i-Tree Eco in the UK. i-Tree Eco is a software application to quantify the structure and environmental effects of urban trees, and calculate their value to society.

Affiliations and achievements

  • Visiting academic – University of Southampton, England
  • Member of the British Land Reclamation Society

Doctoral Students - Industrial supervisor

Helen Davies (PhD, University of Southampton, 2015-to date) (co-industrial supervisor with Gregory Valatin)

Helen’s research seeks to propose a new approach to urban forest management, governance and funding in Britain that will enhance the provision of urban forest-based regulating ecosystem services (specifically air purification, stormwater regulation and temperature regulation) and thus facilitate climate change adaptation in British cities. Helen’s publications include:

  • Davies, H.J., Doick, K.J., Handley, P., O’Brien, L. and Wilson, J. (in press) Delivery of Ecosystem Services by Urban Forests. Forestry Commission Research Report. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.
  • Davies, H.J, Doick, K.J., Hudson, M.D., O’Brien, L., Schreckenberg, K. and Valatin, G. (2016) Essential but under-resourced: are new partnerships required to fund Britain’s urban forests? Oral presentation at the 19th European Forum on Urban Forestry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2nd June 2016.
  • Davies, H. and Doick, K. (2015). Valuing the carbon sequestration and rainwater interception ecosystem services provided by Britain’s urban trees. Presentation at the European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change. Bonn, Germany, November 2015.
  • Inwood, H., Wharton, A. and Davies, H. (2015). Integrating cultural values and services in landscape and ecological planning. Wild Thing Conference Paper. Sheffield, UK, September 2015.
  • Davies, H., Frandsen, M. and Hockridge, B. (2014). NEWP 32 Transport green corridors: literature review, options appraisal and opportunity mapping. Natural England Commissioned Reports, Number 168.

Thomas Chung (EngD, University of Reading, 2013-to date) (Industrial supervisor)

Thomas’ researchs seeks to ‘Understand the radiative performance of urban trees’. Interactions between vegetation and the surrounding area can significantly influence the urban thermal environment; understanding the thermal sink and source properties of trees could become valuable in selecting the right trees for urban environments under a changing climate. Thomas’ publications include:

  • Chung, T., Smith, S., Doick, K.J. and Shao, L. (2015). Understanding the radiative Performance of Urban Trees: Does leaf reflectance up to 2.5 μm vary significantly with cardinal direction and sample locus? Presentation at the 17th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy, NIR 2015;  Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, from 18th to 23rd October, 2015.

Frank Ashwood (PhD, UCLan, 2013-2016)

Frank successfully completed a 3-year doctoral training programme (PhD) through the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), entitled "Woodland restoration on landfill sites: Earthworm activity and ecosystem service provision". Dr Kieron Doick was a co-supervisor, along with Dr Elena Vanguelova of Forest Research and Dr Kevin Butt of the Earthworm Research Group (ERG) at UCLan. Frank’s publications include:

  • Ashwood, F., Albertini, A. and Doick, K. J. (2015). Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 20: Drought Tolerant Tree Species and Land Regeneration. Forest Research, Farnham.
  • Ashwood, F. (2015). Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 18: Lowland Calcareous Grassland – Creation and Management in Land Regeneration. Forest Research, Farnham.
  • Barsoum, N., Fuller, L, Ashwood, F., Reed, K., Bonnet-Lebrun, A.-S. and Leung, F (2014) Ground-dwelling spider (Araneae) and carabid beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) community assemblages in mixed and monoculture stands of oak (Quercus robur L./Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.). Forest Ecology and Management. 321: 29–41.
  • Ashwood, F.E., Doick, K.J., Atkinson, G.E. and Chenoweth, J. (2014). Under-utilisation of organic wastes during brownfield regeneration to community woodland: Tackling the barriers. Waste Management and Research. 32 (1), 49 – 55.
  • Doick, K.J. and Ashwood, F. (2011). Brownfield regeneration to a soft-end use: Barriers to using a quality planting medium. Reclamation (Journal of the BLRS), November 2011, pp.3.

Ana Macías Palomo (PhD, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 2010-2016)

Ana conducted her PhD research part-time studying “The role of visualisations in urban forestry. Conclusions from managers’ perspectives” and using London, England as a case study. Ana returned to Spain in 2015 to write her thesis and completed Jan 2016.

Gail Atkinson (EngD, Surrey University, 2009-2013)

Gail studied “Land regeneration for greenspace establishment: balancing engineering, environmental and social considerations” for her 4-year industrially based Engineering Doctorate (EngD) training programme, in collaboration with the University of Surrey. For those involved in land regeneration to a soft-end use her imminent Forestry Commission Practice Note entitled “Planning for Brownfield Regeneration to Woodland and Other Green Infrastructure Practice Note” is a must read publication. Gail’s publications to date include:

  • Atkinson, G.E., Doick, K.J., Burningham, K., France, C. Brownfield regeneration to greenspace: Delivery of project objectives for social and environmental gain Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.  (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2013.04.002,
  • Atkinson, G.E., Doick, K.J., Burningham, K. and France, C. (2012).  Brownfield regeneration to greenspace: Project objectives for social and environmental gain.  In.  Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF).  Leipzig, Germany (8 – 12th May, 2012).
  • Atkinson, G.E., Burningham, K., Doick, K.J. and Elghali, L. (2011). Capturing Expertise to Improve the Process of Land Regeneration to greenspace.  In. Proceedings of the ‘2011 Conference for the Engineering Doctorate in Environmental Technology’ CES, University of Surrey, Guildford.
  • Doick, K.J. (2010). Learning lessons in monitoring brownfield land regeneration to greenspace through logic modelling. In. Proceedings of ‘British Land Reclamation Society: Promoting sustainable land use. Eds: H. Fox and H Moore.  Restoration and Recovery Conference 2010. (Glamorgan, Wales. 7th-9th September).
  • Atkinson, G.E. and Doick, K.J. (2010). Brownfield land regeneration to greenspace: improving the sustainability credentials of regeneration projects through process modelling. In. Proceedings of ‘British Land Reclamation Society: Promoting sustainable land use. Eds: H. Fox and H Moore. Restoration and Recovery Conference 2010’. (Glamorgan, Wales. 7th-9th September).

Masters students and interns

Jeffrey Wilson (MSc in Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, 2014)

Kieron was industrial supervisor. Jeffrey completed a project entitled “A Framework to Map Ecosystem Service Provision and the Delivery of Wellbeing from Urban Woodland”. Additionally, Jeffrey provided project support for the London iTree Eco study and undertook a study into hemispherical photography for determining the LAI (leaf area index) of urban trees. His Master's thesis was subsequently re-written and published as a book chapter:

  • Doick, K.J. Wilson, J. (2015). Monitoring and evaluation of green infrastructure. A logic model and ecosystem services approach (Chapter 23). In: Green Infrastructure: Planning, design and implementation. Sinnett, D. Smith, N. and Burgess, S. (eds). Edward Elgar, UK. 511pp. ISBN: 978 1 78347 399 1.

Rudy Genazzi (MSc in Environmental Science, ETH Zürich, 2013)

Kieron was industrial supervisor. Rudy was engaged in a 20-week international exchange to undertake an industrial internship with Forest Research.  Amongst other duties, Rudy provided project support for the iTree Eco studies of Glasgow and Wrexham, and “measuring the growth rate of urban trees”.

Arianna Del Biaggio (MSc in Forest and Landscape Management, ETH Zürich, 2011)

Kieron was co-industrial supervisor with Jake Morris. Arianna was engaged in a 20-week international exchange to undertake an industrial internship with Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Research.  Amongst other duties, Arianna provided project support for “Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Woodlands In And Town (WIAT)”.

Duncan Rose (MSc in Environmental Diagnosis and Management, Royal Holloway-University of London, 2009)

Kieron was co-industrial supervisor with Tony Hutchings. Duncan completed experimental laboratory work at Forest Research for his Master’s thesis into “Stimulating the biodegradation of PAHs in soils with a history of contamination, using chemical and physical techniques”, for which he was awarded a Distinction. 

Kathia Belhocine (MSc at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece, 2007)

Kieron was international supervisor. Kathia completed a project into “Economic indicator development for a sustainable HEVAs management strategy in the Mediterranean region”.  Kathia's methodology included face-to-face interviews to assess the concept of willingness to pay with users of Samaria Gorge National Park in Crete.


Main recent publications (since 2007)

Publications List

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley, P. (2016). Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 19, 223–236. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.07.009.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley, P., Peace, A. (2016). The impact of greenspace size on the extent of local nocturnal air temperature cooling in London. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 16, 160–169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.02.008.

Doick, K.J., Peace, A., Hutchings, T.R. (2014). The Role of One Large Greenspace in Mitigating London's Nocturnal Urban Heat Island. Science of the Total Environment. 493, 662–671. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.048.

Ashwood, F.E., Doick, K.J., Atkinson, G.E., Chenoweth, J. (2014). Under-utilisation of organic wastes during brownfield regeneration to community woodland: Tackling the barriers. Waste Management and Research. 32 (1), 49 - 55.

Atkinson, G.E., Doick, K.J., Burningham, K., France, C. (2013).  Brownfield regeneration to greenspace: Delivery of project objectives for social and environmental gain.  Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 13 (3), 586-594. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2013.04.002.

Riding, M.J, Doick, K.J. Martin, F.L., Jones, K.C., Semple, K.T. (2013).  Chemical measures of bioavailability/ bioaccessibility of PAHs in soil: Fundamentals to application.  Journal of Hazardous Materials. 261, 687– 700. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2013.03.033.

Doick, K.J., Hutchings, T.R. (2013).  Air temperature regulation by trees and wider green infrastructure in urban areas: the current state of knowledge.  Research note 12 (FCRN012).  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.  10pp.

Doick, K.J., Atkinson, G.E., Cordle, P., Giupponi, N., (2013).  Investigating design and provision of access facilities as a barrier to woodland use.  Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 12 (2), 117-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2012.12.001.

Doick, K.J., Ashwood, F. (2011). Brownfield regeneration to a soft-end use: Barriers to using a quality planting medium.  Reclamation (Journal of the BLRS), November 2011, pp.3.

Rolls, W., Doick K., Dandy, N., and Ambrose-Oji, B. (2011). Growing Woodfuel on Former Landfill Sites. Contract report to Warwickshire County Council.

Doick, K.J. (2010). Learning lessons in monitoring brownfield land regeneration to greenspace through logic modelling. IN Fox, H., R  & Moore, H. E. (Eds.) Restoration and Recovery: Regenerating land and communities. Dunbeath, Scotland, UK, Whittles Publishing.

Pediaditi, K., Doick, K.J. and Moffat, A.J. (2010).  Monitoring and evaluation practice for brownfield regeneration to greenspace initiatives. A meta-evaluation of assessment and monitoring tools.  Landscape and Urban Planning.  97 (1), 22-36.

Doick, K. J., Sellers, G., Castan-Broto, V. and Silverthorne, T. (2009). Understanding success in the context of brownfield greening projects: success criteria and acceptable standards for urban greenspaces. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 8 (3), 163-178.

Hutchings, T.R., Sinnett, D., Doick, K.J, Pediaditi, K. and Moffat, A.J. (2009). Integrated Remediation, Reclamation and Greenspace Creation on Brownfield Land (PDF-576K). CL:AIRE SUBR:IM bulletin SUB 11. CL:AIRE, London.

Doick, K.J., Pediaditi, K., Moffat, A.J. and Hutchings, T.R. (2009).  Defining the sustainability objectives of brownfield regeneration to greenspace.  International Journal Management and Decision Making. 10 (3/4), 282-302

Semple, K. T., Doick, K. J., Wick, L. Y. and Harms, H. (2007). Microbial interactions with organic contaminants in soil: definitions, processes and measurement.  Environmental Pollution. 150, 166-176.

Doick, K. J. and Hutchings, T. (2007) Greenspace Establishment on Brownfield Land: The Site Selection and Investigation Process (PDF-1050K). Information note 91.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

O'Brien, L., Foot, K. and Doick, K. J. (2007).  Evaluating the benefits of community greenspace creation on brownfield land.  Quarterly Journal of Forestry. 101 (2), 145-151.

Hutchings, T., Sinnett, D. and Doick, K. J. (2006). Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 1: Soil sampling derelict, underused and neglected land prior to greenspace establishment.  Best Practice Guidance. Forest Research, Farnham. 12pp.

Doick, K. J., Clasper, P. J., Urmann, K. and Semple, K. T. (2006).  Further validation of the HPCD-technique for the evaluation of PAH microbial availability in soil. Environmental Pollution.  144, 345-354..

Semple, K. T., Dew, N. M., Doick, K. J. and Rhodes, A. H. (2006).  Does mineralisation predict the microbial availability of organic chemicals in soil? Environmental Pollution.  140, 164-172.

Doick, K. J., Burauel, P., Jones, K. C. and Semple, K. T. (2005).  Distribution of aged 14C-PCB and 14C-PAH residues in particle-size and humic fractions of an agricultural soil. Environmental Science and Technology. 39 (17), 6575-6583.

Doick, K. J., Dew, N. M. and Semple, K. T. (2005). Linking catabolism to cyclodextrin extractability: determination of the microbial availability of PAHs in soil. Environmental Science and Technology. 39 (22), 8858-8864.

Doick, K. J., Burauel, P., Jones, K. C. and Semple, K. T. (2005).  Effect of cyclodextrin and transformer oil amendments on the chemical extractability of aged 14C-polychlorinated biphenyl and 14C-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon residues in soil. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 24 (9), 2138-2144.

Doick, K. J., Klingelmann, E., Burauel, P., Jones, K. C. and Semple, K. T. (2005).  Long-term fate of polychlorinated biphenyl and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in agricultural soil. Environmental Science and Technology. 39 (10), 3663-3670.

Semple, K. T., Doick, K. J., Burauel, P., Craven, A., Harms, H. and Jones, K. C. (2004).  Defining bioavailability and bioaccessibility of contaminated soil and sediment is complicated. Environmental Science and Technology 38, 228A-231A.

Scholefield, P. A., Doick, K. J., Herbert, B. M. J., Hewitt, C. N. S., Schnitzler, J.-P., Pinelli, P. and Loreto, F. (2004).  Impact of rising CO2 on emissions of volatile organic compounds: isoprene emission from Phragmites australis growing at elevated CO2 in a natural carbon dioxide spring. Plant Cell Environment 27, 393-401.

Doick, K.J. and Semple, K.T. (2003).  Bioavailability of organic contaminants in Soil: What does it mean and can it be measured? CL:AIRE View (Summer 2003).

Doick, K.J. and Semple, K.T. (2003). The effect of soil: water ratios on the mineralization of phenanthrene: LNAPL mixtures in soil. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 220, 29-33.

Lee, P.H., Doick, K.J. and Semple, K.T. (2003). The development of phenanthrene catabolism in soil amended with transformer oil. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 228, 214-223.

Books / Book Chapters

Rogers, K., Sacre, K., Goodenough, J. and Doick, K.J. (2015). Valuing London’s Urban Forest. Results of the London i-Tree Eco Project. Treeconomics, London. ISBN: 978-0-9571371-1-0. 82 pp.

Doick, K.J. Wilson, J. (2015). Monitoring and evaluation of green infrastructure. A logic model and ecosystem services approach (Chapter 23). In: Green Infrastructure: Planning, design and implementation. Sinnett, D. Smith, N. and Burgess, S. (eds). Edward Elgar, UK. 511pp. ISBN: 978 1 78347 399 1.

Forestry Commission productions

Davies, H.J., Doick, K.J., Handley, P., O’Brien, L. and Wilson, J. (2016) Delivery of Ecosystem Services by Urban Forests. Forestry Commission Research Report. (in press). Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Doick, K.J., Albertini, A., Handley, P., Lawrence, L., Rogers, K. and Rumble, H. (2015). Valuing urban trees in the Tawe Catchment. Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey, 99pp.

Doick, K.J., Albertini, A., Handley, P., Lawrence, L., Rogers, K. and Rumble, H. (2015). Valuing the urban trees in Bridgend County Borough. Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey, 74pp.

Ashwood, F., Albertini, A., Doick, K.J. (2015) Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 20: Drought Tolerant Tree Species and Land Regeneration. Forest Research, Farnham, 4pp.

Hicks, B., Doick, K.J. (2014) Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 16: Lowland Acid Grassland – Creation and Management in Land Regeneration.  Forest Research, Farnham, 6pp.

Harris, P., Brearley, A., Doick, K.J. (2014) Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 17: Lowland Neutral Grassland – Creation and Management in Land Regeneration.  Forest Research, Farnham, 5pp.

White, T., Doick, K.J. (2014) Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 19: Soil Preparation for the Creation of Species-rich Grassland Habitats.  Forest Research, Farnham, 5pp.

Atkinson, G.E., Doick, K.J. (2014). Planning for brownfield regeneration to greenspace.  Forestry Commission Practice Note 22.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh, 12pp.

Doick, K.J., Hutchings, T.R. (2013). Air temperature regulation by urban trees and green infrastructure.  Research note 12 (FCRN012).  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh,  10pp.

Hutchings, T.R., Sinnett, D., Doick, K.J. (2006) Best Practice Guidance Note for Land Regeneration No. 1: Soil sampling derelict, underused and neglected land prior to greenspace establishment.  Forest Research, Farnham, 12pp.

Doick, K.J., Hutchings, T.R. (2007) Greenspace Establishment on Brownfield Land: The Site Selection and Investigation Process. Information note 91.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh, 20pp.

Conference Papers

Davies, H.J, Doick, K.J., Hudson, M.D., O’Brien, L., Schreckenberg, K. and Valatin, G. (2016) Essential but under-resourced: are new partnerships required to fund Britain’s urban forests? Oral presentation at the 19th European Forum on Urban Forestry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2nd June 2016.

Doick, K.J., Hutchings, T.R., Lawrence, L. (2014). Keeping London a Cool Place to be: The Role of Greenspace. In. Proceedings of the Trees, People and the Built Environment II Conference. Birmingham, UK (2nd-3rd April, 2014)

Atkinson, G.E., Doick, K.J., Burningham, K., France, C. (2012).  Brownfield regeneration to greenspace: Project objectives for social and environmental gain.  In.  Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF).  Leipzig, Germany (8 – 12th May, 2012).

Atkinson, G.E., Burningham, K., Doick, K.J., Elghali, L. (2011). Capturing Expertise to Improve the Process of Land Regeneration to greenspace.  In. Proceedings of the ‘2011 Conference for the Engineering Doctorate in Environmental Technology’ CES, University of Surrey, Guildford.

Doick, K.J. (2010). Learning lessons in monitoring brownfield land regeneration to greenspace through logic modelling. In. Proceedings of ‘British Land Reclamation Society: Promoting sustainable land use. Eds: H. Fox and H Moore.  Restoration and Recovery Conference 2010. (Glamorgan, Wales. 7th-9th September).

Atkinson, G.E., Doick, K.J. (2010). Brownfield land regeneration to greenspace: improving the sustainability credentials of regeneration projects through process modelling. In. Proceedings of ‘British Land Reclamation Society: Promoting sustainable land use. Eds: H. Fox and H Moore. Restoration and Recovery Conference 2010’. (Glamorgan, Wales. 7th-9th September).