Samantha Broadmeadow, BSc, MSc


Samantha Broadmeadow


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Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Samantha Broadmeadow obtained a first degree in Biology at Durham University in 1989 followed by an MSc in Landscape Ecology Design and Management at Wye College, University of London in 1994. She joined Forest Research in 1995, and has specialised in forest hydrology since 1999.

Current role


Providing support to the forest hydrology  and soil sustainability programme with responsibilities including GIS and data management and analysis.

Current programmes

Forest hydrology


  • Working on several projects (including a literature review) investigating the benefits of riparian woodland to freshwater ecosystems
  • Currently leading a project on the value of riparian shade in controlling stream temperature in Salmonid rivers.

Research areas

  • Use of GIS to identify potential areas for woodland creation to alleviate flooding, reduce diffuse pollution, control soil erosion and improve freshwater ecology in various regions across the UK
  • Application of GIS in the strategic assessment of the afforested peat resource in Wales
  • Application of GIS in the estimate of non-carbon Greenhouse gas emissiond from the UK forestry sector
  • Application of GIS to assess the extent of woodland cover in catchments at risk from acidification
  • Application of GIS to critically assess forest management in catchments known to support freshwater pearl mussel.

Main recent publications

Helliwell, R., Aherne, J., MacDougall, G., Nisbet, T., Broadmeadow, S., Sample, J., Jackson-Blake, L., Doughty, R., and  Malcolm, I. (2011). Modelling the long-term response of stream water chemistry to atmospheric pollution and forestry practices in Galloway, SW Scotland Final Report, James Hutton Institute, 81pp.

Nisbet, T., Silgram, M., Shah, N., Morrow, K., and Broadmeadow, S. (2011). Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives. Summary of final report from Forest Research to the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission (England). ISBN: 978-1-84911-220-8. Environment Agency. July 2011.

Nisbet, T., Silgram, M., Shah, N., Morrow, K., and Broadmeadow, S. (2011). Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives (PDF-1912K). Forest Research Monograph, 4, Forest Research, Surrey, 156pp.

Morison. J., Vanguelova. E., Broadmeadow, S., Perks, M., Yamulki, S. and Randle, T. (2010). Understanding the GHG implications of forestry on peat soils in Scotland (PDF-2140K). Report compiled by FR staff for FC Scotland, August 2010.

Broadmeadow, S. and Nisbet, T. (2010). Opportunity mapping for woodland to reduce flooding in the Yorkshire and the Humber region (PDF-6947K). Forest Research Monograph, 1, Forest Research, Surrey, 64pp.

Broadmeadow, S., and Nisbet, T. (2010). Opportunity mapping for woodland creation to reduce diffuse sediment and phosphate pollution in the Lake District (PDF-4969K). Final report for the Woodland Trust, Natural England and Forestry Commission England. Forest Research, Surrey, 62pp.

Broadmeadow, S., and Nisbet, T. (2010) Opportunity mapping for woodland to reduce flooding in the River Derwent, Cumbria (PDF-4193K). Final report to Cumbria Woodlands, for the Woodland Trust, Natural England and Forestry Commission England. Forest Research, Surrey, 62pp.

Broadmeadow, S., Jones. J.G., Langford, T.E.L., Shaw, P.J. and Nisbet, T., (2010). The influence of riparian shade on lowland stream water temperatures in Southern England and their viability for Brown Trout. River Research and Applications DOI: 10.1002/rra.1354 Jan (2010).

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, T., (2010). Chemical fluxes in time through forest ecosystems in the UK - soil response to pollution recovery. Environmental Pollution 158(5): 1857 – 1869.

Dieleman, W., Luyssaert, S., Rey S.A., de Angelis, P., Barton, C., Broadmeadow, M., Chigwerewe, K., Crookshanks, M., Dufrêne, E., Broadmeadow, S., Jarvis, P.G., Kasurinen, A., Kellomaki, S., Le Dantec, V., Liberloo, M., Marek, M.V., Medlyn, B., Pokorný, R., Scarascia-Mugnozza, G., Temperton, V., Tingey, D., Urban, O., Ceulemans, R., Janssens, I., (2010). Soil [N] modulates soil C cycling in CO2-fumigated tree stands: a meta-analysis. Plant, Cell & Environment 33(12): 2001–2011, Dec 2010 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.(2010).02201.x

Broadmeadow, S., Nisbet, T., Silgram, M. and Morrow, K. (2009). Opportunity mapping for woodland creation to meet the objectives of the water framework directive. Final report to Forestry Commission England

Nisbet, T.R., Thomas, H. and Broadmeadow, S.B. (2008). Trees and Water – A Forestry Perspective. Journal of Practical Ecology and Conservation, 7(1): 100-103.

Nisbet, T.R., Orr, H., and Broadmeadow, S.B. (2008). Using woodland for soil protection and sediment control. In Proceedings of the SAC and SEPA Biennial Conference on Land Management in a Changing Environment, Edinburgh, 26-27 March 2008, pp 84-90.

Barsoum, N., Anderson, R., Broadmeadow, S., Bishop, H. and Nisbet, T. (2005). Development of eco-hydrological guidelines for wet woodland – Phase I. English Nature Research Report 619

Broadmeadow, S. and Nisbet, T.R. (2004). The effects of riparian forest management on the freshwater environment: a literature review of best management practice. Hydrology and Earth System Science, 8(3): 286-305

Nisbet, T., Orr, H., and Broadmeadow, S. (2004). A Guide to using Woodland for Sediment Control. Integrated land use planning and management can resolve sediment problems. Woodland can provide an effective solution. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Nisbet, T. and Broadmeadow, S. (2003). Opportunity mapping for trees and floods.  Final report to Parrett Catchment Wet Woodland Group.

Broadmeadow, S., and Nisbet, T. (2002).  The Effect of Riparian Forest Management on the Freshwater Environment.  SNIFFER SR(02)06F

Medlyn, B.E., Barton, C.V.M., Broadmeadow, M., Ceulemans, R., de Angelis, P., Forstreuter, M., Freeman, M., Jackson, S.B., Kellomäki, S., Laitat, E., Rey, A., Roberntz, P., Sigurdsson, B., Strassemeyer, J., Wang, K., Curtis, P.S. and Jarvis, P.G. (2001). Stomatal conductance of forest species after long term exposure to elevated CO2 concentrations: a synthesis.  New Phytologist 149, 247-264.

Broadmeadow, M.S.J., Pitman, R.M., Jackson, S.B., Randle, T.J. and Durrant, D.W.H. (2000). Upgrading the level II protocol for physiological modelling of cause-effect relationships: A pilot study. Final report for EC project No. 98.60.UK.003.0. Forestry Commission, UK.

Broadmeadow, M.S.J., and Jackson, S.B. (2000).  Growth responses of Quercus petraea, Fraxinus excelsior and Pinus sylvestris to elevated carbon dioxide, ozone and water supply.  New Phytologist, 146, pp. 437-451.

Broadmeadow, M.S.J., Freer-Smith, P.H. and Jackson, S.B. (1999). Climate change - the evidence so far and predictions for tree growth. Irish Forestry 55, 122-132.

Broadmeadow, M.S.J., Beckett, P., Jackson, S.B., Freer-Smith, P.H., and Taylor, G. (1998).  Trees and pollution abatement In “Report on Forest Research 1998”.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Freer-Smith, P.H., Broadmeadow, M.S.J., and Jackson, S.B. (1997). The uptake of pollutants by trees: benefits to air quality.  In “Trees for Shelter” (Eds. Palmer, H., Gardiner, B., Hislop, M., Sibbald, A., and Duncan, A.).  Forestry Commission Technical Paper 21, Edinburgh, pp. 16 - 22.

MacDuff, J.H., and Jackson, S.B. (1992).  Influx and efflux of Nitrate and Ammonium in Italian Ryegrass and White Clover roots: Comparison between effects of darkness and defoliation. Journal of Experimental Botany, 43, No.249. pp. 123 -132.

MacDuff, J.H., and Jackson, S.B. (1991).  Growth and preferences for Ammonium or Nitrate uptake by Barley in relation to root temperature.  Journal of Experimental Botany, 42, pp. 521-530.