Prof. Andy Moffat, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRGS, FISoilSci, MICFor

Honorary Research Fellow

Andy Moffat


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Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Prof. Andy Moffat studied for a first degree in Geography and Soil Science at the University of Reading. He then undertook a NERC CASE studentship at University College London and Rothamsted Experimental Station. He was awarded a PhD in 1980.

He was employed in the Soil Survey of England and Wales between 1979 and 1985, when he took up the post as Pedologist in the Forestry Commission Research Division. He was responsible for research on land reclamation and soil sustainability and co-led the intensive forest monitoring programme (Level II).  Between 1997 and 2009, he was Head of Environmental Research Branch and then of the Environmental and Human Sciences Division. In 2005, he was awarded the DSc, and in 2007, he was granted the title of Visiting Professor in the School of Human and Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading.

Current role

Honorary Research Fellow

Affiliations and achievements

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Chairman, British Land Reclamation Society
  • Associate Editor ‘Soil Use and Management’
  • Member of the British Society of Soil Science
  • Member of the ICP Forests Soil Expert Panel

Research areas

  • Forestry adaptation to climate change
  • Soil sustainability
  • Land regeneration and urban greenspace
  • Forest fires