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Dr Malcolm D Hudson BDS, BSc, PhD, FHEA, AIEMA

Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences, Deputy Director, Graduate School

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Dr Malcolm D Hudson is Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

I am proud to be an environmental scientist- the work we do with our students and research partners can make real difference for people and the environment… and it is a really great job.

I am an applied ecologist working on interdisciplinary projects with a focus on the interactions between humans and natural systems. This spans both terrestrial and marine systems, and I work with ecologists, environmental modellers, chemists and social scientists. My PhD was in Environmental Sciences at Southampton investigating the effects of invasive species on coastal ecosystems.

My lecturing includes environmental impact assessment and environmental practice and issues; I supervise student projects at all levels, assistant field courses and practical modules, and am Undergraduate Programme Co-ordinator, having previously overseen undergraduate admissions.

Professional Membership

Research interests

Conservation of Biodiversity, Ecology, Ecosystem Services, Environment, Environmental impact assessment, statements, Environmental impacts, Environmental issues, , Pollution, Wetlands, Wildlife conservation

Research projects include

  • Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation on the ASSETS project (Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems Through trade-off Scenarios:, which is examining the interactions between tropical forest ecosystems and the well-being of the rural poor in Africa and Latin America
  • conservation management in Africa (with the Northern Rangelands Trust, Marwell Wildlife, WWF and The Nature Conservancy) and Madagascar (with Conservation International);
  • sustainable food systems in Latin America;
  • evaluating human impacts on sea bird ecology (funded by English Nature and the Beaulieu Estate);
  • resource management and risk assessment and modelling for shorebirds in industrial estuaries (with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, funded by ABPmer);
  • marine pollutants and avian ecology (funded by Oilspill Response Limited);
  • recovery from marine pollution and novel bioindicators
  • decision making for coastal management and sediment budgets
  • habitat management and behavioural ecology of sand lizards (with the ARCTrust and Marwell Wildlife , funded by SITA Trust)
  • Monitoring of UK Biodiversity Action Plan species (DEFRA funded)
  • risk analysis for new technologies, including GM crops and biofuels
  • urban ecosystem services to optimise the benefits of green space (with Southampton City Council)

I have been either PI or co-Investigator in research grants worth over £3.5million, including the joint Research Councils/DfID ESPA Programme, DEFRA, English Nature (now Natural England), SITA Trust, ABPmer, Marwell Wildlife, the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, OilSpill Response, the British Ecological Society and Beaulieu Estate; and supervised twelve PhD students to completion with six others currently active.

I advise local government on Biodiversity Action Planning and ecosystem services and has worked with industry in the same field. He is External Examiner University of Portsmouth (Countryside and Wildlife Management Programmes); I am a regular reviewer for Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Landscape and Urban Planning.

PhD Completions -Completed

July 2014 PhD Natalie Foster (MH/Robert Nicholls) Towards understanding and decision making for the sustainable use of intertidal mudflats and salt marshes

March 2014 PhD Ben Davis (MH/Guy Poppy) Properties of invasive Rhododendron species

March 2014 PhD Elizabeth Hopley (MH/Robert Nicholls) Long term geomorphological change in Southampton Water- a sediment budget approach

Oct 2014 PhD Gillian Wright (MH/PK/Robert Nicholls) Impact of tide gates on diadromous fish migration in the UK.

April 2013 PhD Martin Wilkie (MH/PEO). Mixed herbivore grazing on a lowland heath system: quantifying the collective impacts for conservation management.


PhD Jamie Oaten (IW, MH). Metal bioaccumulation and metallothionein response in introduced commercial marine invertebrates and novel algae species. 2014-2016 (f/t).

PhD Jessica Savage (MH/PEO) Managing Coastal Resources in South East Asia for Tourism, Development and Environmental Protection 2013-2015 (f/t).

PhD Miss Harriet Smith (MH/KS/Felix Eigenbrod) Energy resources and adaptation to climate change in rural Africa 2014-2016 (f/t).

MPhil/PhD Helen Davies (MH/KS/Marije Schaafsma) Payment for ecosystem services from green infrastructure to address urban climate change adaptation 2015-18 (f/t)

MPhil/PhD Emma Stephenson (MH/PEO) Spatial analysis of the impact of visitors on the conservation value of national heritage sites 2015-20 (p/t)

MPhil/PhD Lina Zapata Restrepo (IW, MH).Endocrine-related reproductive effects in Ostrea edulis as a model test organism for water and sediment contamination on aquatic ecosystems. 2015-2018 (f/t).

PhD research

Patterns In Time and Space on Solent Salt Marshes.
Supervisors Steve Hawkins and Alan Gray
Centre for Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton , May 2001

Research group

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS)

Affiliate research group

Centre for Environmental Sciences

Research project(s)

ASSETS: Attaining sustainable services from ecosystems

The impact of tide gates on fish migration

WISER: Which Ecosystem Service Models best capture the needs of the rural poor?

TRANSPLAS – Developing a Transnational Plastics Network

Deputy Director, Graduate School, for the CMEES Academic Unit

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PhD supervision


  • Bray, S (2005) The long-term recovery of the bioindicator species Nucella lapillus from tributyltin pollution.
  • Wood, PJ (2007) Human Impacts on Coastal Bird Populations on the Solent
  • Johnson, KL (2008) Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Genetically Modified Crops: The Environmental Risks, Current Regulatory Approach and Future Management Goals
  • Leitao, P (2008) Improving species distribution models to describe steppe bird occurrence patterns and habitat selection in southern Portugal
  • Fearnley, HM (2009) Towards the Ecology and Conservation of Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis) Populations in Southern England
  • Naranjo, S (2010) Food sovereignty’s potential to address poverty and hunger by creating sustainable peasant-led agri-food systems: A case study from the Brazilian Food Acquisition Programme in Mirandiba, Pernambuco.
  • Pickard, KL (2010) Heavy Metal Pollution and Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) Breeding Ecology
  • Glew, L (2012) Evaluating the effectiveness of community-based conservation in northern Kenya
  • Aly, Walid Elsawy (2012) Metallothioneins as Biomarkers of Metal Pollution in Estuaries on the South Coast of England
  • Wilkie, M. (2013) Mixed herbivore grazing on a heathland system: quantifying the collective impacts for conservation management
  • Shepherd, E (2013) Environmental Risk Analysis of Biofuel Crops
  • Hopley, E (2013) The Impact of Changing Sediment Budgets on an Industrialised Estuary: A Case Study of Southampton Water, UK


  • Davis The mechanisms utilized by the invasive shrub Rhododendron ponticum to inhibit the growth of surrounding vegetation
  • Wright, G The Impact of Tide Gates on Fish Migration
  • Smith, H What roles can woodfuels play in the energy and livelihood futures of developing countries?
  • Gregory P Value Chains and sustainability of Beekeeping in Africa
  • Foster, NM A Systems Approach For Decision Making for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Salt Marshes
  • Savage, J Assessing the Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Cambodia
Code Title Role
ENVS 2006 Environmental Impact Assessment Module Coordinator
ENVS 6028 Environmental Impact Assessment (Postgrad) Module Coordinator
ENVS 1006 Environmental Science and Research Lecturer
ENVS 1007 Environmental Field Techniques and Applications Lecturer
ENVS 1004 Environmental Science Concepts and Communication Lecturer
CENV 2026 Design 2 Lecturer
ENVS 3012 Communicating Science Lecturer
ENVS 6002 Research Project Development Lecturer
ENVS 6009 Advanced Research Project Supervisor
ENVS 3010 BSc Research Project Supervisor
Dr Malcolm D Hudson
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

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