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The James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute is the UK’s largest environmental research institute, with >600 staff and 150 PhD students, formed in 2011 from the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and the Scottish Crop Research Institute. The James Hutton Institute encompasses distinctive integrated strengths in land, crop, water, environmental and socio-economic sciences, structured in a way that allows disciplines to interconnect to deliver knowledge, products and services that improve the quality of life. By operating in partnership with people, organisations and governments, The James Hutton Institute’s work enhances sustainable development delivering practical solutions for our shared future and influencing the agenda for land use and development. The James Hutton Institute undertakes interdisciplinary research for customers worldwide including the Scottish and UK Governments, the EU and others. The James Hutton Institute with its predecessors has a history of successful project management supported by administrative and financial infrastructures.

  • Helaina Black

    Helaina Black is lead PI for ALTER with proficiencies in the management and scientific delivery of multi/interdisciplinary projects. More than 25 years soils research has taken her from working in... Read more
  • Grant Davidson

    Grant is the ALTER Project Manager and has more than 22 years’ experience working within a research-focussed environment in areas including livestock research, agroforestry and integrated water... Read more
  • Alessandro Gimona

    Alessandro is a spatial ecologist and a geographer with experience of both terrestrial and aquatic systems. His current research if focussed around understanding how climate, soil and land use shape... Read more
  • Mike Rivington

    Team leader on two research deliverables, ‘Geospatial Risk Analysis’ and ‘Adaptation Analysis’ in the Scottish Government funded Environment Research Programme ‘A rural economy resilient to global... Read more
  • Anja Byg

    Anja has extensive research experience in the field of human-environment relationships and environmental changes in Africa, South America and Asia. More specifically, she has conducted work on local... Read more
  • Paula Novo

    Paula joined the James Hutton Institute in 2013 as an environmental economist in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group. Her background is in Agricultural Engineering with... Read more
  • Matt Aitkenhead

    Matt has a background in a wide range of soil and environmental topics, and in the modelling of complex environmental system. He has qualifications in a range of subjects, and have worked for several... Read more
  • Malcolm Coull

    After studying Soil Science at Aberdeen University, Malcolm joined the Institute in 1993, and has spent the past 18 years working on a variety of projects involving soil and/or water. In the early... Read more
  • Laura Poggio

    Laura has a background in forestry and environmental sciences. Recent research interests included the analysis and evaluation of pan-European geographical datasets - digital elevation models (EuroDEM... Read more
  • Stefania Cerretelli

    Stefania is a PhD student registered at the University of Udine in Italy. Stefania's PhD will investigate the spatial supply of several ecosystem services and the existence of synergies and conflict... Read more