There has been a global decline in abundance of Atlantic salmon stocks in the last 30-40 years, and Scotland has suffered in the reduction of salmon returning to its rivers to spawn. This decline is probably due to a number of factors, including: river pollution, man-made obstacles to migration upstream, disease and predation by non-native species, accidental netting at sea, and the effects of climate change both in the marine and fluvial environments.
I work with the Adaptation Team of Scottish Government’s ClimateXChange programme (CXC). CXC addresses a wide range of climate topics to support policy makers in Scottish Government. My work is focused on:
identifying and communicating ways in which the Scottish forestry sector is building resilience to climate change and other threats
Supporting the sector by helping to translate the fruits of research into practical guidance
Demonstrating adaptation to the sector and beyond
Developing decision support tools, notably in the context of native woodland adaptation.
My work is funded by the Scottish Government through its grant to Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission in Great Britain.