Dr Janet Simkin
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0191 208 7435
- Address: School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Newcastle upon Tyne
Janet is a plant ecologist with a particular interest in species-rich grasslands and anthropogenic sites such as churchyards and lead mines. She is also a lichenologist and is currently President of the British Lichen Society.
As well as teaching part-time for Newcastle University, Janet teaches adult education classes in Botany for the Natural History Society of Northumbria at the Great North Museum: Hancock, and is involved in a number of research projects.
Current and recent projects include:
- survey (plants, bryophytes and lichens) and analysis of lead mines and alluvial gravels in the North Pennines and South Tyne catchment
- survey (plants, bryophytes and lichens) and habitat analysis of lead mines and alluvial gravels in mid-Wales
- detailed study of selected metallophyte plants and lichens, including Minuartia verna, Viola lutea and Peltigera venosa
- long term field trial of calaminarian grassland management methods (running since 2002)
- long term field trial of spoil heap stabilisation methods, including propagation and reintroduction of Minuartia verna
- management of calaminarian grassland for biodiversity, and habitat creation schemes on alluvial gravels
(working with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Tyne Rivers Trust, North Pennines AONB, Environment Agency)
- survey (plants, bryophytes and lichens) and analysis of whin grassland and crag vegetation in Northumberland
- management of whin grassland for biodiversity
- habitat creation trials
- creation of a whin grassland green roof for The Sill visitor centre at Once Brewed
(working with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Natural England)
- support of the Newcastle University SUCCESS project
- Use of lichen distribution data from the British Lichen Society database to study environmental and habitat changes
- cotton-grass propagation and reintroduction as part of the Flow Moss peatland restoration scheme
(Working with North Pennines AONB)
Newcastle University teaching includes:
- ACE8024 Forest Ecology
- ACE8041 Ecosystem Management
- ACE8042 Conservation in practice
- ACE8030 Vegetation and Soil Survey field course
- BIO2003/8006 Field Identification Skills - vascular plants
- Ellis CJ, Eaton S, Theodoropoulos M, Coppins BJ, Seaward MRD, Simkin J. Response of epiphytic lichens to 21st Century climate change and tree disease scenarios. Biological Conservation 2014, 180, 153-164.
- Simkin JM. The vegetation and management of calaminarian grassland in the North Pennines, UK. Newcastle University, 2007.
- Bardgett RD, Smith RS, Shiel RS, Peacock S, Simkin JM, Quirk H, Hobbs PJ. Parasitic plants indirectly regulate below-ground properties in grassland ecosystems. Nature 2006, 439(7079), 969-972.
- Smith RS, Charman D, Rushton SP, Sanderson RA, Simkin JM, Shiel RS. Vegetation change in an ombrotrophic mire in northern England after excluding sheep. Applied Vegetation Science 2003, 6(2), 261-270.
- Smith RS, Shiel RS, Millward D, Simkin JM. Effects of sheep stocking on the plant community and agricultural characteristics of upland Anthoxanthum odoratum-Geranium sylvaticum meadow in northern England. Grass and Forage Science 2017, (ePub ahead of print).
- Kidd J, Manning P, Simkin J, Peacock S, Stockdale E. Impacts of 120 years of fertilizer addition on a temperate grassland ecosystem. PLoS ONE 2017, 12(3), e0174632.
- Fry EL, Pilgrim ES, Tallowin JRB, Smith RS, Mortimer SR, Beaumont DA, Simkin J, Harris SJ, Shiel RS, Quirk H, Harrison KA, Lawson CS, Hobbs PJ, Bardgett RD. Plant, soil and microbial controls on grassland diversity restoration: a long-term, multi-site mesocosm experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology 2017, Epub ahead of print.