Chloe Bellamy, BSc, PhD

Spatial Scientist

Chloe Bellamy


Twitter: @BoBellamy

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5913
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Chloe began working at Forest Research in 2013, researching woodland ecosystem services and ecology. She specialises in Geographic Information Systems, spatial data analysis, habitat suitability modelling, and landscape ecology. She has previously worked with Durham Wildlife Trust, the Yorkshire Dales Environment Network and the University of Leeds.

Current role

Spatial Scientist

Chloe’s research focuses on modelling and mapping the benefits that woodlands, wooded landscapes, and greenspace provide to people and wildlife. These are wide ranging, from carbon storage to species habitats. The models tell us about what drives the delivery of ecosystem services and species distributions at different scales, and how these might change under different scenarios. The mapped outputs provide woodland managers, conservationists, planning authorities, developers and policy makers with information about the multiple benefits of particular sites and habitats. They also can also help to prioritise where particular management, conservation and restoration actions should be delivered on the ground to protect and enhance these natural assets.

Current projects

Land Use and Ecosystem Services Science Group
Development and application of:
• Spatial ecosystem service indicators
• Habitat connectivity, coherence and resilience models
• Habitat suitability models for protected species, pests and diseases

ESCom-Scotland (Ecosystem Service COMmunity Scotland)

• Knowledge and Decision Support Process Area Co-lead

- Working with project partners to develop and implement urban biodiversity indicators for Edinburgh

- Research on urban ecosystem services (


- Research to support the creation of an ecosystem services decision support tool for developers and local authorities

Edinburgh Consortium for Giant Panda Conservation and Forest Landscape Restoration (ECGPFLR)
- Chloe is an active member of the ECGPFLR. She is currently co-supervising two Edinburgh University MSc students who are carrying out projects on modelling panda habitat and reserve design.


Member of Bat Conservation Trust's Woodland Advisory Group
Member of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists
Member of the British Ecological Society

Main recent publications

Watts, K., Fuentes-Montemayor, E., Macgregor, N. A., Peredo-Alvarez, V., Ferryman, M., Bellamy, C., Brown, N. and Park, K. J. (2016) Using historical woodland creation to construct a long-term, large-scale natural experiment: the WrEN project. Ecol Evol.  doi:10.1002/ece3.2066

Bellamy C, Altringham J (2015) Predicting Species Distributions Using Record Centre Data: Multi-Scale Modelling of Habitat Suitability for Bat Roosts. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128440. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128440

Stevenson-Holt CD, Watts K, Bellamy CC, Nevin OT, Ramsey AD (2014) Defining Landscape Resistance Values in Least-Cost Connectivity Models for the Invasive Grey Squirrel: A Comparison of Approaches Using Expert-Opinion and Habitat Suitability Modelling. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112119. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112119

Bellamy, C., Scott, C., & Altringham, J. (2013). Multiscale, presence-only habitat suitability models: fine-resolution maps for eight bat species. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50(4), 892–901.

Bellamy, C. (2011) Predictive modelling of bat-habitat relationships on different spatial scales. University of Leeds PhD thesis.