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Dr Robert Holland BSc, MRes, PhD

Research Fellow: Mapping Ecosystem Services

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As an ecologist and conservation scientist, Dr Robert Holland is interested in understanding how the planet's resources can be used sustainably. His current work focuses on the relationship between human demand for energy and the implications that this has for natural capital and ecosystem services.

Career History

2012-2014: Research Fellow. University of Southampton, UK.
2010-2012: IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit Programme Officer. Cambridge, UK.
2009-2010: UK Popnet - "Linking biodiversity and ecosystem services: processes, priorities and prospects". University of Sheffield, UK.
2003-2006: Freshwater Biological Association. Windermere, UK.
2001-2003: Regional Officer. British Science Association, UK.

Academic Qualifications

2006-2010: PhD Temporal variation in lotic macroinvertebrate communities in England and Wales. University of Sheffield, UK.
1998-1999: MRes Science of the Environment. Lancaster University, UK.
1993-199: BSc (Hons) Biology. University of Portsmouth, UK.

I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 1997 and continued my studies at Lancaster University where I graduated with an MRes in the Science of the Environment. The early part of my career was as a science communicator for both the British Science Association and the Freshwater Biological Association.

In 2006 I decided to return to university and I undertook a research project in conjunction with Environment Agency examining the temporal variability of river invertebrate communities across England and Wales. I demonstrated that there were distinct spatial and temporal patterns in the communities relating to both environmental drivers and the constituent species within them.

Having completed my PhD I took up a role with the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit. Here I analysed the findings of the most comprehensive assessment of freshwater species ever conducted for Africa, and developed a methodology for the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas for freshwater species.

I am now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southampton where I am pursuing my long standing interest in ecosystem services.




Research interests

My principle area of research is understanding the pressures and trade-offs that impact the prevision of ecosystem services across the globe. Currently I am developing a methodology to examine the impact of biofuel and crude oil production for UK use on ecosystem services in other countries.

More broadly my main are of interest is freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem services. Often freshwater itself and the species that it contains are viewed simply as a resource for use by humans such that the focus is often on the quantity or provision with little interest in the quality. I am interested in examining how it is possible to balance the very real needs of people for access to freshwater and the services it provides with the requirements of the species that live within it.  

Research group(s)

Environmental Biosciences

Affiliate research group(s)

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)

Research project(s)

A global framework for quantifying the ecosystem service impacts of oil and biofuel production - Dormant

The main objective of this 2 year project is to develop a way of comparing the impact on ecosystem services of two very different sources of transport fuel - biofuels and petroleum.

An ecosystem service approach to quantifying the role of freshwater biodiversity in supporting food security - Dormant

Quantifying linkages between livelihoods, freshwater biodiversity, and drivers of food security and other ecosystem services.

Measuring and optimising multiple ecosystem services provided by chalk streams


Book Section(s)

  • Energy production and ecosystem services - Holland, Robert, Scott, Kate, Wegg, Tina, Beaumont, Nicola, Papathanasopoulou, Eleni and Smith, Pete. In Global Energy. Issues, Potential and Policy Implications - Ekins, Paul, Bradshaw, Mike and Watson, Jim (eds.)
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  • Energy and ecosystem service impacts - Papathanasopoulou, Eleni, Holland, Robert, Dockerty, Trudie, Scott, Kate, Wegg, Tina, Beaumont, Nicola, Taylor, Gail, Sünnenberg, Gilla, Lovett, Andrew, Smith, Pete and Austen, Melanie. In Global Energy. Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications - Ekins, Paul, Bradshaw, Mike and Watson, Jim (eds.)
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
Dr Robert Holland
Biological Sciences
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