Russell Anderson

Project Manager

Russell Anderson


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 6971
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Russell joined Forest Research in 1978, where he has specialised in soils, hydrology, peatlands and ecology. He studied Forest Science at Edinburgh in 2000-03.

Current role

Project Manager

Current programmes

Affiliations and achievements

  • Member of British Ecological Society
  • Forestry Commission contact for corporate membership of the International Peat Society.

Research areas

  • Impact of open habitat restoration on ecosystem services
  • Restoration of bogs
  • Bog woodland habitats
  • Controlling tree colonisation on restored open habitats
  • Grazing as a means of maintaining open habitats
  • Heathland restoration methods
  • Improving the habitat value of plantation restocks.

Main recent publications

Anderson, A.R., Vasander, H., Geddes, N., Laine, A., Tolvanen, A., O’Sullivan,A. and Aapala, K. 2012 Restoration of afforested peatlands  In: Restoring peatlands – delivering multiple benefits (Eds. A. Bonn, T. Allott, M. Evans, H. Joosten and R. Stoneman. British Ecological Society/Cambridge University Press, in press.

Anderson, A.R. (In prep.). Managing open habitats in upland forests. Forestry Commission Practice Guide. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Whitfield, S., Reed, M., Thomson, K., Christie, M., Stringer, L., Quin, C. H., Anderson, R., Moxey, A. and Hubacek, K. (2011) Managing peatland ecosystem services: current UK policy and future challenges in a changing world. Scottish Geographical Journal, in press.

Anderson, A.R. (2010). Restoring afforested peat bogs - results of current research (PDF-954K). Forestry Commission Research Note 6. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Humphrey, J., Ray, D., Brown, T., Stone, D., Watts, K. & Anderson, R. (2009). Using focal species modeling to evaluate the impact of land use change on forest and other habitat networks in western oceanic landscapes. Forestry 82: 119-134.

Barsoum, N., Anderson, R., Broadmeadow, S., Bishop, H. and Nisbet, T. (2005). Eco-hydrological guidelines for wet woodland - Phase 1. English Nature Research Report No. 619. English Nature, Peterborough.

Anderson, A.R. (2003). Provision and management of open ground in upland forests for biodiversity. A review with special reference to heathlands. MSc thesis. Institute of Ecology and Resource Management, University of Edinburgh.

Anderson, A.R. and Harding, K.I.M. (2002). The age structure of Scots pine bog woodlands. Scottish Forestry 56(3): 135-143.

Anderson A.R. (2001). Deforesting and Restoring Peat Bogs: a Review. Forestry Commission Technical Paper No 32. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Anderson, A.R., Ray, D. and Pyatt, D.G. (2000). Physical and hydrological impacts of blanket bog afforestation at Bad a’ Cheo, Caithness: the first five years. Forestry 73(5): 467-478.

Patterson, G.S., and Anderson, A.R. (2000). Forests and peatland habitats. Guideline Note No.1. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Shotbolt, L., Anderson, A.R. and Townend, J. (1998). Changes to blanket bog adjoining forest plots at Bad a’ Cheo, Rumster Forest, Caithness. Forestry 71: 311-324.