Senior Research Fellow
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2009-2012: Post Doctoral Research Fellow Jointly between James Hutton Institute (Scotland) and University of Waterloo (Canada)
2005 – 2009: PhD Plant Sciences – University Laval, Quebec, Canada
Wijedasa, L.S., […] and Andersen, R. (2016), Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13516
Rochefort, L. and Andersen, R. (2016), Global Peatland Restoration after 30 years: where are we in this mossy world? Restoration Ecology. doi:10.1111/rec.12417
Andersen, R, Farrell, C, Graf, M, Muller, F, Calvar, E, Frankard, P, Caporn, S, Anderson, P (2016) An overview of the progress and challenges of peatland restoration in Western Europe. Restoration Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/rec.12415
Nwaishi, F, Petrone, RM, Macrae, ML, Price, JS, Strack, M, Andersen, R (2016). Preliminary assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from a constructed fen on post-mining landscape in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta, Canada. Ecological Engineering 95: 119-128.
Payne, RJ, Creevy, A, Malysheva, E, Ratcliffe, J, Andersen, R, Tsyganov, AN, Rowson, JG, Marcisz, K, Zielińska, M, Lamentowicz, M, Lapshina, ED, Mazei, Y (2016) Tree encroachment may lead to functionally-significant changes in peatland testate amoeba communities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 98, 18-21.
Bourgeois, B, Vanasse, A, González, E, Andersen, R, Poulin, M (2016) Threshold dynamics in plant succession after tree planting in agricultural riparian zones 53:1704-1713.
Nwaishi, F, Petrone, RM, Macrae, ML, Price, JS, Strack, M, Slawson, R, & Andersen, R (2016). Above and below-ground nutrient cycling: criteria for assessing the biogeochemical functioning of a constructed fen. Applied Soil Ecology 98, 177-194.
Nwaishi, F, Petrone, RM, Price, JS, Andersen, R (2015) Towards developing a functional-based approach for constructed peatlands evaluation in the Alberta Oil Sands Region, Canada. Wetllands 34, 211-225.
Artz, RRE.; Donnelly, D, Andersen, R, Mitchell, R, Chapman, SJ, Smith, J, Smith, P, Cummins, R, Balana, B, Cuthbert, A, (2014) Managing and restoring blanket bog to benefit biodiversity and carbon balance – a scoping study. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report. 562
Andersen, R, Wells, C, Macrae, M, Price, J, (2013) Nutrient mineralisation and microbial functional diversity in a restored bog approach natural conditions 10 years post restoration. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 64:37-47.
Andersen, R, Chapman, SJ, Artz, RRE. (2013) Microbial diversity in natural and disturbed peatlands: a review. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 57, 979-994.
Poulin, M., Andersen, R., Rochefort, L., 2012. A new approach for tracking vegetation change after restoration: A case study with peatlands. Restoration Ecology, doi: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2012.00889.x
Rezanezhad F., Andersen, R., Pouliot, R., Price J.S., Rochefort, L., Graf, M.D., 2012 How Fen Vegetation Structure Affects the Transport of Oil Sands Process-affected Waters and Microbial Functional Diversity: A Greenhouse Mesocosm Study. Wetlands. 32: 557-570
Andersen, R. Importance of microbes in peatland dynamics, restoration, and reclamation. (2012) In Vitt, DH., Bhatti, J., (eds). Reclamation and Restoration of Boreal Ecosystems, Cambridge University Press.
Andersen, R., Poulin, M., Borcard, D., Laiho, R., Laine, J., Vasander, H., Tuittila, E-S. 2011. Environmental control and spatial structures in peatland vegetation. Journal of Vegetation Sciences, 22: 878–890.
Hogue-Hugron S., Andersen R, Poulin M., Rochefort L. 2011. Patterns of spontaneous recolonisation of the borrow pits of the region of the national park of the Grands Jardins, Quebec, Canada. Canadian Journal of Botany 89:(7) 451-465.
Andersen, R., Rochefort, L., Landry, J. 2011. La chimie des tourbières au Québec : une synthèse de 30 années de données. Le Naturaliste Canadien,135 :5-14.
Andersen R., Grasset L., Rochefort L., Thormann MN, Francez A-J. 2010. Changes in microbial community structure and function following Sphagnum peatland restoration. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 42: 291-301
Andersen R., Rochefort L., Poulin M. 2010. Peat, water and plant tissue chemistry monitoring: a seven-year case-study in a restored peatland. Wetlands 30: 159-170.
Andersen R., Francez A.J, Rochefort L. 2006. The physicochemical and microbial status of a restored bog in Québec : identification of relevant criteria to monitor success. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38, 1375-1387.
I am a research fellow with the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, where I lead the “Carbon, Water and Climate” theme. My role is to develop applied peatland research in the North of Scotland while maintaining an international portfolio of projects relevant to the ERI’s strategic priorities.
I coordinate the Flow Country Research Hub, a network of > 60 researchers working in the Flow Country peatlands and I am an active member of the International Peatland Society (IPS), the International Mire and Conservation Group (IMCG) and the British Ecological Society (BES).
My research focuses on evaluating above- and belowground communities and biogeochemical processes in disturbed, natural and restored systems, with a focus on northern peatlands. Most of my projects are multi-disciplinary in nature, and involve industrial or multi-stakeholder partnerships. Current projects include :
– InSAR as a tool to evaluate peatland sensitivity to global change (2017-2020) NERC Soil Security Programme (https://www.soilsecurity.org/insar-as-a-tool/)
– Quantifying carbon accumulation and loss in afforested peatlands (2016-2020). Leverhulme Large Grant
– Evaluation of changes in carbon stocks, greenhouse gas balance and biodiversity following restoration of afforested blanket bogs in the Flow Country, Scotland (funding from Carnegie foundation for the Universities of Scotland, SNH Peatland Action, RSPB, Scottish Government RESAS programme, BES and Royal Society)
– Identification of re-vegetation strategies for the reclamation of the Dounreay Nuclear site, Scotland and for the restoration of native woodlands in the Highlands (funding from DSRL)