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Ms Sally Eaton
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, U.K.
tel: +44 (0)131 248-2800
e-mail: s.eaton(at)rbge.org.uk

Research Interests
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Academic Career

Research Interests

I am currently doing research towards an SNH-SEPA funded PhD, working jointly between RBGE and Dan Haydon's lab at the University of Glasgow.

My research uses meta-population modelling to reconstruct patterns in the distribution and abundundance of oceanic epiphyte species (e.g. Lobaria pulmonaria, Nephroma spp.), and to infer ecological processes for better habitat management.

I am concerned with improving links between scientific output and practical conservation, and have a strong interest in science communication, which includes work to popularise biodiversity using mass media (e.g. radio and television) both as a specialist researcher (How to Grow a Planet) and presenter (Wild Things).

Publications

Ellis, C.J. & EATON, S. (2016) Future non-analogue climates for Scotland's temperate rainforest. Scottish Geographical Journal, 132: 257-268.

Ellis, C.J., EATON, S., Theodoropoulos, M., Coppins, B.J., Seaward, M.R.D. & Simkin, J. (2015) Lichen Epiphyte Scenarios. A Toolkit of Climate and Woodland Change for the 21st Century. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. ISBN: 978-1-91087-00-5.

Ellis, C.J., EATON, S., Theodoropoulos, M. & Elliott, K. (2015) Epiphyte Communities and Indicator Species. An Ecological Guide for Scotland's Woodlands. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. ISBN: 978-1-910877-01-2.

EATON, S. & Ellis, C.J. (2014) High demographic rates of the model epiphyte Lobaria pulmonaria in an oceanic hazelwood (Western Scotland). Fungal Ecology, 11: 60-70.

Ellis, C.J., EATON, S. & Theodoropoulos, M. (2014) Adaptive forest management and climate change - a new toolkit for Scotland's epiphytes. ClimateXChange Report for the Scottish Government.

Ellis, C.J., EATON, S. & Theodoropoulos, M. (2014) Managing epiphytic diversity in British woodlands. A scenarios toolkit. The Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 108: 262-266.

Ellis, C.J., EATON, S., Theodoropoulos, M., Coppins, B.J., Seaward, M.R.D. & Simkin, S. (2014) Response of epiphytic lichens to 21st Century climate change and tree disease scenarios. Biological Conservation, 180: 153-164.

Mitchell, R.J., Beaton, J.K., Bellamy, P.E., Broome, A., Chetcuti, J., EATON, S., Ellis, C.J., Gimona, A., Harmer, R., Hester, A.J., Hewison, R.L., Hodgetts, N.G., Iason, G.R., Kerr, G., Littlewood, N.A., Newey, S., Potts, J.M., Pozsgai, G., Ray, D., Sim, D.A., Stockan, J.A., Taylor, A.F.S. & Woodward, S. (2014) Ash dieback in the UK: A review of the ecological and conservation implications and potential management options. Biological Conservation, 175: 95-109.

Ellis, C.J., Coppins, B.J., EATON, S. & Simkin, J. (2013) Implications of ash dieback for associated epiphytes. Conservation Biology, 27: 899-901.

Mitchell, R.J., Bailey, S., Beaton, J.K., Bellamy, P.E., Brooker, R.W, Broome, A., Chetcuti, J., EATON, S., Ellis, C.J, Farren, J., Gimona, A., Goldberg, E., Hall, J., Harmer, R., Hester, A.J., Hewison, R.L., Hodgetts, N.G, Hooper, R.J., Howe, L., Iason, G.R., Kerr, G., Littlewood, N.A., Morgan, V., Newey, S., Potts, J.M, Pozsgai, G., Ray, D., Sim, D.A., Stockan, J.A., Taylor, A.F.S, Taylor, P. & Woodward, S. (2013) Ash dieback: impacts on other species and understanding the ecology of Ash. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Commissioned Report No. 483.

EATON, S. & Ellis, C.J. (2012) Local experimental growth rates respond to macroclimate for the lichen epiphyte Lobaria pulmonaria. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 5: 365-372.

Academic Career

I have worked on a variety of conservation projects in different roles over the years including two years as a Field Biologist and Lichen Specialist at RBGE, a year working for Plantlife as a Lichen and Bryophyte Conservation Coordinator, a year as a Research Coordinator carrying out baseline ecological survey in Madagascar, and several years working as an Ecological Consultant for a variety of clients from Mittal Steel in Liberia to the Environment Agency in East Anglia. 

Qualifications

2009: MSc. Plant Diversity and Taxonomy, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh, U.K.
2003: BSc. Biological Sciences (Ecology), University of Edinburgh, U.K.