My main interests are in the fields of ecology, and of the use of scientific evidence in order to support and underpin policy and management decision making. I am director of the Centre for Evidence Based Agriculture http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/initiatives/centre-evidence-based-agriculture a reviewing, training and co-ordinating hub for the collation and synthesis of agri-food evidence. I am also on the editorial board for Environmental Evidence, a journal for the publication of systematic reviews and evidence syntheses on the effectiveness of environmental management interventions and on the impact of human activities on the environment.
Agricultural Ecology and Biodiversity, Invasive Species, Evidence synthesis for environmental and agricultural decision making, Systematic Review, Systematic Mapping, Ecological Policy, Dissemination and use of research information.
PhD student projects
Director of Studies
Claire Blowers - Multifunctional field margins for delivery of ecosystem services (water quality protection, pollinator support and bio-control) BBSRC/Syngenta icase
Edward Baxter - Conservation at the crop edge: The botanical composition of wild headlands and their impact on provision of invertebrates for grey partridge chick diet (Perdix Perdix) (With James Hutton)
Colin Fernley- How are national government, local planning authorities and local communities defining sustainable development in the context of rural housing in England? Director of Studies - Emma Pierce-Jenkins
Christelle Ledroite - Ecological Implications and sustainability of organic and biodynamic farming in comparison to conventional and BT-conventional farming. Director of Studies - Dr Barbara Smith, Coventry University
Vicky Wood - Creating sustainable food value chains through waste minimisation and valorisation in retail industry. Horizon 2020 Agrocycle. Director of Studies Iona Huang
Past PhD students
Stuart Norris - To quantify & compare contrasting maize cultivation techniques and measure affects on invertebrate biodiversity (With Rothamsted North Wyke)
Other taught modules:
CREST Collections is a joint repository for research outputs designed to capture the work of individuals and institutions who are Members of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training.
Harper Adams University supports Food and Farming Futures, the online land-based library.
Chair for Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) Systematic Mapping Methods Group. More information can be found at: http://www.environmentalevidence.org/Mgroups_maps.html
Editorial Board - Environmental Evidence Journal.
Member - Eclipse Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods http://www.eklipse-mechanism.eu/
Chair of Research Degrees Awarding Board - Harper Adams University
Committee Member - British Ecological Society Agro-ecology Special Interest Group
Randall NP and James KL (2012) Conserving Farmland Biodiversity - A database of research Harper Adams University College http://ofi.openfields.org.uk/1.12020160
Smith R and Randall NP (2011) Butterfly diversity at Harper Adams Harper Adams University College
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP ORGANISATION:
BES invasive species specialist group conferences: July 2009, Kings College London UK; June 2011, Harper Adams University College UK.
Workshop: Invasive species. Key priorities for science, policy and practice. (2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology, Prague 2009)
You can contact Dr Nicola Randall if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules: