Dr Debbie Bartlett

Dr Debbie Bartlett

Dr Deborah M F Bartlett
BSc Hons, CertEd, MSc, PhD, CMLI, FCIEEM

Principal Lecturer, Environmental Conservation

Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Engineering & Science


Dr Debbie Bartlett, having received a BSc Hons in environmental physiology, worked in a range of areas gaining experience in parasitology (Pfizer) horticulture and ecology before studying for a Master's in Landscape Ecology Design and Management. She then followed a path of professional development, working in the public sector, and achieving Chartered Landscape Architect (Management Division) status and full membership of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Debbie is particularly interested in the role of agriculture and forestry in shaping the landscape, past and present, and the impact on both natural and cultural heritage. Her current research focus is on the socio-economic aspects of the coppice industry, the farmed landscape, coastal ecology and conservation policy. She combines her role at the university, which is on a 0.8 basis, with consultancy.

She became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management in October 2009 and received a 'Best Practice' award for the MSc Environmental Conservation programme, now the first to be accredited by this professional Institute.

Debbie also sits on the Training Education and Career Development committee for CIEEM, is vice convenor for the South East Section, is an expert advisor to the Heritage Lottery Fund and UK representative on the Management Committee of the COST Action on traditional coppice woodland in Europe running from 2013 to 2017.

External recognition

  • Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (FCIEEM)

Research/scholarly interests

Recent projects

  • Review of the chestnut industry in South East England (client: DEFRA/Forest Research)
  • Dormouse ecology
  • Barn owl diet in an urban area (with Thames Water/Crossness Nature Reserve)
  • Desert ecology and rural livelihoods (with GUIDE the Gujarat Institute for Desert Ecology)
  • Training needs analysis in the woodland sector in the High Weald (client: East Sussex County Council)
  • Natural pest control (contributing to the European Network of Biodiversity Knowledge project)
  • Biodiversity action planning for the university land holdings
  • Research into the socio-economics of coppice woodland management
  • Animal welfare issues in conservation grazing, focusing on upland and coastal habitats, carried out for Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts (in press)
  • Exploring and raising awareness of the role of farming and local food production in the Surrey Hills, one of the first areas of outstanding beauty to be designated in England
  • Historical landscape assessment of the 'Darwin at Downe' proposed World Heritage Site
  • The Bedgebury Forest Landscape Archaeology project. Working with the Forestry Commission and local people to record woodland archaeology and provide management recommendations to conserve cultural and natural heritage.
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() . Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 110 (1). pp. 51-55. ISSN 0033-5568

() . Quarterly Journal of Forestry. ISSN 0033-5568 (In Press)

() . Quarterly Journal of Forestry. ISSN 0033-5568 (In Press)

() . Living Woods Magazine. (In Press)

() . Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 108 (3). pp. 198-200. ISSN 0033-5568

() . In Practice: Bulletin of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (82).

() . In Practice: Bulletin of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, 73. pp. 20-21. ISSN 1754-4882

() . Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 105 (2). pp. 131-134. ISSN 0033-5568

and () . In Practice, 65. pp. 25-27. ISSN 1754-4882

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(Ed.) (2015) . FPS COST Action FP1301: Innovative management and multifunctional utilization of traditional coppiceforests – an answer to future ecological, economic and social challenges in the European forestry sector (EuroCoppice) . Editura Universitatii Transilvania din Brasov, Brasov. ISBN 9786061905980

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() . Technical Report. EuroCoppice / University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

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Recent conference presentations

() . In: Coppice forests: past, present and future, 9-11 Apr 2015, University of Mendel in Brno, Czech Republic.

() . In: Cost Action FP1301 - EuroCoppice Conference. FP1301: 1st Coppice Conference, 26 Feb 2014, Florence, Italy. (Unpublished)

() . In: Seminar & Workshop Biodiversity Knowledge - Case Study Agriculture, 17-18 Jan 2013, Paris, France. (Unpublished)

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