Stuart Smith

Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Biology
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Høgskoleringen 5, Realfagbygget * DU2-124

Background and activities

My research interests lie in understanding soil-plant-herbivore interactions. My work takes an experimental field-based approach to studying both aboveground and belowground processes that influence carbon and nutrient cycling. In particular, my research focuses on the impact on the impact of grazing management (livestock and wild grazing) on key ecosystem components. As livestock grazing is a mainstay of rural livelihoods, a lot of my research involves interacting with farmers, landowners and other stakeholders. I have conducted research in temperate, oceanic and tropical biomes and on grazed islands, plains and uplands. Currently I am involved in the AfricanBioService project with the overall aim of unraveling how human land-use and climate change impact key ecosystem functions, namely plant productivity and nutrient cycling.


Current research

AfricanBioServices: Investigating how wild and livestock grazing impact plant aboveground productivity, nutrient cycling and carbon storage in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem (2015 – 2019: EU Horizon 2020)

Previous research

Taking stock of restored carbon on the Falkland Islands: Quantifying ecosystem carbon storage in remnant, planted (restored) and eroded Tussac (Poa flabellata) grasslands (2015 – 2016: Shackleton Scholarship Fund)



2015 – 2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NTNU, Norway

2014 – 2015 Habitat Restoration Project Officer, Falklands Conservation, Falkland Islands

2009 – 2013 PhD, University of Aberdeen, UK

2005 – 2009 MBiolSci (combined bachelor and master), University of Sheffield, UK


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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