School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Zarah Pattison




Address: School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Modelling; Evidence and Policy Group, Room 5.51, Ridley Building 2, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

Twitter: @ZarahPattison

Personal website:

Group member: Modelling, Evidence and Policy research group 


Research Interests

Broad research interests include responses of invasive alien plants to changes in climate and how this impacts native communities. Also interested in the competitive effects between dominant native and invasive alien plant species at varying spatial and temporal scales. Previous research addressed questions relating to connectivity and presence/abundance of pathogenic bacteria in freshwater systems. Current research is focused on predicting environmental drivers of aquatic invasive alien plant hotspots globally. Keen interest in the risk of invasion by alien species to food security.


  • British Ecological Society
  • British Ecological Society Invasion Science Group (Committee member)
  • Freshwater Biological Association


Grant Review Board 

  • International Foundation for Science (IFS)


Module Leader

MSc : BIO8073 Global assessments for policy support

MSc : BIO8062 Global Species Conservation Principles and Practice


MSc : NES8002 Research Dissertation Project

BSc 3rd year : BIO3039 Biodiversity Science and Management

BSc 3rd year : MST3107 Research Project Overseas

BSc 3rd year : BIO3194/5/6 Research Projects 

BSc 2nd year : BIO2032 Residential Field Course

BSc 1st year : MST1204 Academic and Professional Skills for Biosciences