Professor Andy Moffat, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRGS, FISoilSci, MICFor

Honorary Research Fellow

Andy Moffat

Email: andy.moffat@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: 01730 895475
Mobile: +44 (0)7971 562145

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

Prof. Andy Moffat joined Forest Research in 1985 as forest pedologist.  He rose to become Head of Environmental Research Branch, Environment and Human Sciences Division, and Centre of Forestry and Climate Change.  He left Forest Research in 2013 to develop and widen his scientific interests.

Current role

Honorary Research Fellow

Andy undertakes a number of tasks and duties related to responsibilities held before he formally left Forest Research, notably in the forest soil science, wildfire, urban forestry and citizen science research areas.  He continues to undertake research and publish papers with current Forest Research staff, or as an affiliate of Forest Research.  He maintains a liaison role with the University of Reading which has identified Forest Research as having affiliated status

Affiliations and responsibilites

  • Visiting Professor, University of Reading
  • Director, A J Moffat & Associates Ltd
  • Chairman, British Land Reclamation Society
  • Trustee, The Petersfield Society
  • Associate Editor, ‘Soil Use and Management’
  • UK Representative, EU Forest Fire Expert Group
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow, British Society of Soil Science
  • Member, Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Member, England and Wales Wildfire Forum
  • Member, William Cobbett Society 

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Peer reviewed journal articles

Lakeman Fraser, P., Gosling, L., Moffat, A.J., West, S.E., Fradera, R., Davies, L., Ayamba, M.A. and van der Wal, R. 2016.  To have your citizen science cake and eat it? Delivering outreach and environmental monitoring through Open Air Laboratories (OPAL).  BMC Ecology Supplement 16 (Suppl 1): S16, 57-70.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12898-016-0065-0

Moffat, A.J. 2016.  Communicating the benefits of urban trees: A critical review.  Arboricultural Journal 38(2), 64-82.

Collison, J., Wilson, C.A., Moffat, A.J. and Gallacher, J. 2015.  Soil disturbance resulting from stump harvesting.  Scottish Forestry 69 (2), 20-27.

Rajapaksha, N.S.S., Butt, K.R., Vanguelova, E.I. and Moffat, A.J. 2014.  Short rotation forestry – Earthworm interactions: A field based mesocosm experiment.  Applied Soil Ecology 76, 52-59.

Moffat, A.J. and Pearce, H.G. 2013.  Contrasting approaches to forest fire risk in New Zealand and Great Britain. Scottish Forestry 67 (4), 10-17.

Rajapaksha, N.S.S., Butt, K.R., Vanguelova, E. and Moffat, A.J. 2013.  Earthworm selection of Short Rotation Forestry leaf litter assessed through preference testing and direct observation.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 67, 12-19.

Rajapaksha, N.S.S., Butt, K.R., Vanguelova, E. and Moffat, A.J. 2013.  Effects of Short Rotation Forestry on earthworm community development in the UK.  Forest Ecology and Management 309, 96-104.

Vanguelova, E.I., Nisbet, T.R., Moffat, A.J., Broadmeadow, S., Sanders, T.G.M. and Morison, J.I.L. 2013.  A new evaluation of carbon stocks in British forest soils. Soil Use and Management 29, 169-181.

Nijnik, M., Pajot, G., Moffat, A.J. and Slee, B. 2013.  An economic analysis of the establishment of forest plantations in the United Kingdom, particularly Scotland, to mitigate climatic change.  Forest Policy and Economics 26, 34-42.

Finlay, S., Moffat, A.J., Gazzard, R. and Murray, V. 2012. Wildfires and Health Impacts.  PLoS Currents: Disasters doi: 10.1371/4f959951cce2c.

Shibu, M.E., Matthews, R.B., Bakam, I., Moffat, A.J. and Baggaley, N. 2012.  Estimating greenhouse gas abatement potential of biomass crops in Scotland under various management options. Biomass and Bioenergy 47, 211-227.

Burgess, P.J., Moffat, A.J. and Matthews, R.B. 2011.  Assessing climate change causes, risks and opportunities in forestry.  Outlook on Agriculture (Special issue) Teasing out the impacts of climate change on agricultural development, 263-268.

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, 22-36.

Rodriguez, O., Sellers, G., Sinnett, D., Moffat, A.J. and Hutchings, T.R. 2010.  Use of remediated soil materials for sustainable plant growth.  Land Contamination & Reclamation 18, 25-39.

Vanguelova, E.I., Benham, S., Pitman, R., Moffat, A.J., Broadmeadow, M., Nisbet, T., Durrant, D., Barsoum, N., Wilkinson, M., Bochereau, F., Hutchings, T., Broadmeadow, S., Crow, P., Taylor, P. and Durrant-Houston, T. 2010.  Chemical fluxes in time through forest ecosystems in the UK – soil response to pollution recovery.  Environmental Pollution 158, 1857-1869.

Book and book chapters (including published conference proceedings)

Bastrup-Birk, A., Reker, J., Zal, N., Romao, C., Cugny-Seguin, M., Moffat, A.J. et al. 2016.  European forest ecosystems - State and trends.  EEA Report No. 5/2016, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

Moffat, A.J. 2015.  Green infrastructure and regeneration of brownfield land.  Chapter 22.  In: D. Sinnett, N. Smith and S. Burgess (eds).  Handbook on Green Infrastructure: Planning, design and implementation, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, pp. 395-413.

Moffat, A.J., Sinnett, D., Burgess, S. and Smith, N. 2015. The future of green infrastructure;  Chapter 24.  In: : D. Sinnett, N. Smith and S.Burgess (eds).  Handbook on Green Infrastructure: Planning, design and implementation, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, pp. 445-464.

San-Miguel Ayanz, J., Domínguez-Torres, G., Schuck, A., Parviainen, J., Moffat, A.J., Krumm, F. and Inhaizer, H. 2015.  Criterion 5: Maintenance and appropriate enhancement of protective functions in forest management (notably soil and water).  In: Forest Europe, UNECE and FAO State of Europe’s Forests 2015.  MCPFE, Madrid, pp. 167-173.

Asikainen, A., Björheden, R., Moffat, A.J. and Spinelli, R. 2014.  From biomass to feedstock.  In: Pelkonen, P., Mustonen, M., Asikainen, A., Egnell, G., Kant, P., Leduc, S. and Pettenella, D. (eds).  Forest bioenergy for Europe.  European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland, pp. 59-67.

Ferretti, M., Fischer, R. and Moffat, A.J. 2013.  Terrestrial methods in forest monitoring: towards the next generation?  In: Ferretti, M. and Fischer, R. (eds).  Forest Monitoring. Scientific methods for the terrestrial monitoring of temperate and boreal forests. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 483-496.

Moffat, A.J. and Fischer, R. 2013.  Reporting forest monitoring.  In: Ferretti, M. and Fischer, R. (eds).  Forest Monitoring. Scientific methods for the terrestrial monitoring of temperate and boreal forests. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 469-480.

Moffat, A.J. and Quine, C.P. 2011.  The ecosystem services framework: a new opportunity for UK forestry?  In: Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Services, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists (UK), University of Wolverhampton, 6-8 September 2011, C. Young, L. Besenyei, I. Hooper and K. Moreton-Jones (eds), ialeUK, pp. 55-62.

FC and FR publications including official statistics

Moffat, A.J. 2015.  Climate change and land regeneration. Forest Research Best Practice Guidance for Land Regeneration BPG No. 21, Farnham, 3 pp.

Moffat, A.J., Nisbet, T.R. and Nicoll, B. 2011.  Environmental effects of stump and root harvesting.  Forestry Commission Research Note FCRN009, Edinburgh.

Jollands, M., Morris, J. and Moffat, A.J. 2011.  Wildfires in Wales.  Final report.  Forest Research, Farnham.

Contract and project reports

Moffat, A.J. 2015.  A wildfire risk management system for UK forestry - moving to operational practice.  Report to Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Moffat, A.J. 2014.  A wildfire risk management system for UK forestry. Report to Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Moffat, A.J. 2014.  Ground-truthing climate change and adaptation in Scotland.  Response at estate scale: opportunities, constraints and implications for policy support.  Report to ClimateXChange, Scotland, 14 pp.

Moffat, A.J. and Pearce, H.G. 2013.  Harmonising approaches to evaluation of forest fire risk. NZ TRANZFOR Visit: Final Report. Forest Research, Farnham.

Moffat, A.J., Morison, J.I.L., Nicoll, B. and Bain, V. 2012.  Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Forestry Sector. Defra, London.

MacLeod, A. and Moffat, A.J. 2012.  Use of anaerobic digestates in forestry: experimental research.  Final Report to WRAP.

Benham, S.E. and Moffat, A.J. 2012.  A report on the effects of visitor trampling to the Kingley Vale Yews.  Report to Natural England, 25 pp.

Jarvis, D. and Moffat, A.J. 2011.  Anaerobic Digestate and Compost Trials in Commercial Forestry.  Innovative Uses for Quality Composts and Outputs from Anaerobic Digestion within the Landscape and Regeneration Sectors in Scotland.  Final Report to Zero Waste Scotland. 

Quine, C.P., Cahalan, C., Hester, A., Humphrey, J., Kirby, K., Moffat, A.J. and Valatin, G. 2011.  Chapter 8: Woodlands.  UK National Ecosystems Assessment Technical Report. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge. 53pp.

Moffat, A.J. 2010.  Executive Summary, Introduction and Conclusions.  In: Forest Research.  Benefits of green infrastructure.  Report to Defra and CLG.  Contract No. WC0807.  Forest Research, Farnham.

Moffat, A.J., Quine, C.P. and McKay, H. 2010.  The state of the natural environment.  Land use and the future of forestry.  In: Land Use Futures: making the most of land in the 21st century.  Final Project Report, Government Office for Science, London.

Moffat, A.J. and Morison, J.I. 2010.  UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. Forestry Sector Telephone Interview Records

Trade journal and newsletter articles

Moffat, A.J., Doick, K.J. and Handley, P. 2017. An i-Tree Eco survey for Petersfield – a story of community engagement.  ARB Magazine 176, 47-48.

Moffat, A.J. 2016. Forest fire hazard alerts for the forestry sector.  Quarterly Journal of Forestry 110(3), 179-186.

Fradera, R., Slawson, D., Gosling, L., Lakeman-Fraser, P., Makuch, K., Makuch, Z., Madani, K., Martin, K., Slade, R., Geoghegan, H., Moffat, A.J. and Haklay, M. 2016. Exploring the Nexus through citizen science.

Moffat, A.J. and Sinnett, D. 2016. The modern role of land reclamation for housing.  Planning & Building Control Today.

Moffat, A.J. 2015.  Building resilience in Scotland’s urban tree populations.  ARB Magazine 171, 60-63.

Moffat, A.J. 2015.  Building resilience in Scotland’s urban tree populations.  ClimateXChange, Edinburgh.

Moffat, A.J. 2015.  Flexible reclamation in a dynamic world.  British Land Reclamation Newsletter, April 2015, 3-4.

Moffat, A.J., Ellis, C., Moss, A., Nicoll, B., Martin, S. and Beauchamp, K. 2014.  Scottish Native Woodland Adaptation – the potential use of a Flexible Adaptation Pathways (FAP) Framework.  ClimateXChange, Edinburgh.

Moffat, A.J. 2014.  Hearts, minds and ecosystems.  Mineral Planning 153, 8.

Moffat, A.J. 2014.  Land estates in Scotland: perceptions of climate change and climate policy. Implications for future policy support.  ClimateXChange, Edinburgh.

Moffat, A.J. 2014.  A new vision for land reclamation in Britain?  British Land Reclamation Newsletter, March 2014, p.3.

Moffat, A.J. and Beckmann, K.J. 2014.  Adaptation to support field sports (salmon fishing) on Scottish estates.

Moffat, A.J. 2013.  Whither reclamation research? Mineral Planning 150, p. 11.

Moffat, A.J. 2013.  Why young people start forest fires.  CFA Newsletter No. 62, 11.

Moffat, A.J., Lowe, R. and Christie, M. 2013.  Adaptation of native woodlands in Scotland. Issues Paper. ClimateXChange, Edinburgh.

Jollands, M., Moffat, A.J. and Morris, J. 2013.  ‘Spreading like wildfire’ – the importance of understanding social drivers of firesetting.  Quarterly Journal of Forestry 107, 216-222.

Moffat, A.J., Nicoll, B., Beckmann, K. and Roaf, S. 2013.  Demonstrating adaptation – lessons learned so far in the forestry sector.  ClimateXChange Briefing Paper, Edinburgh.

Moffat, A.J. 2012.  A case of ‘adapt to survive’.  The Chartered Forester, Autumn 2012, p.23.

Gazzard, R., Glynn, M., Held, A. and Moffat, A.J. 2011.  Wildfire 2011 – Messages for the forestry sector.  Forestry and Timber News 48, 18-19.

Moffat, A.J. 2011.  Restoration for a changing climate.  Mineral Planning 136, 6.

Vanguelova, E., Moffat, A.J., Morison, J. and Martin, S. 2011.  Can we manage the impacts of changing climate on our forest soils?”  Forestry and Timber News 45, June 2011, 11-12.

Moffat, A.J., Murgatroyd, I., Hutchings, T.R. and Kennedy, F.M. 2010.  Hardwood timber extraction over sensitive soils – a terramechanical study in southern England.  Quarterly Journal of Forestry 104, 181-189.

Web pages

Beggs, J., Irvine, K., Mell, I., Stanley, M., Jones, L., Dodd, M., Goddard, M., Moffat, A.J., Cavan, G., Rawlinson, H., Luna, L., Daie, P., van der Esch, S. and Almulla, L.  2015. Finding the sweet spot for ecological, social and economic values of urban greening.

Moffat, A.J. 2015.  Forestry and painting – how the two might shed light on each other.

Scientific conferences: presentations or posters

Moffat, A.J., Benham, S., Morison, J.I.L., Pitman, R., Vanguelova, E.I., Wilkinson, M. and Yamulki, S. 2010.  The value of forest monitoring in developing forest ecosystem science in Britain.  In: John Derome – Ambassador for forest monitoring in Europe, L. Ukonmaanaho, K. Derome, P. Rautio and P. Merilä (eds), Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 180, p. 28.