Jordan Chetcuti

Jordan Chetcuti

Profile

Background:

I did my undergraduate at the University of Stirling in the mid noughties studying conservation management, a mix of biology, ecology and environmental science.

I then went to work for Forest Research as a Spatial Analyst and Landscape Ecologist where I stayed for 6 years becoming an expert spatial analyst and modeller.

I got the opportunity to go to Hawaii and do a Masters in Geography where I studied remote sensing and bird ecology and also was privileged to teach my own courses in GIS and the natural environment.

I spent some time back at Forest Research while applying for PhD positions and I am now at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the University of Leeds researching "Corridors of uncertainty: do ecological corridors benefit communities and ecosystem services?"  for my PhD.

Former affiliations:

  • MA Geography - Remote sensing and ecology - University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013 - 2015
  • Spatial Scientist - Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commision 2007 - 2013, 2015 - 2016
  • BSc Hons Conservation science with Honours in Conservation Management - University of Stirling 2003 - 2007

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Teaching experience (in Hawaii):

  • 101L - The Natural Environement Lab
  • 101 - The Natural Environement
  • 388 - Introduction to GIS

Publications:

Mitchell, R. J., Beaton, J. K., Bellamy, P. E., Broome, A., Chetcuti, J., Eaton, 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.

Wilson, J. D., Anderson, R., Bailey, S., Chetcuti, J., Cowie, N. R., Hancock, M. H., Thompson, D. B. A. (2014). Modelling edge effects of mature forest plantations on peatland waders informs landscape-scale conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(1), 204–213.

Moseley, D., Marzano, M., Chetcuti, J., & Watts, K. (2013). Green networks for people: Application of a functional approach to support the planning and management of greenspace. Landscape and Urban Planning, 116, 1–12.

Moseley, D.G., Marzano, M., Chetcuti, J., (2012), Green networks and people: A framework for planning and delivery, Part C - Practitioner guide. Unpublished report to Scottish Natural Heritage Scottish Natural Heritage, Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and Forestry Commission Scotland

Moseley, D.G., Marzano, M., Chetcuti, J., (2012), Green networks and people: A framework for planning and delivery - Part D -Technical guide. Unpublished report to Scottish Natural Heritage Scottish Natural Heritage, Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and Forestry Commission Scotland

Smith, M.A, Chetcuti, J., Moseley, D.G. and Quine, C. (2012), Addressing issues of conservation concern based on Principles of Landscape Ecology – Application to Quick Wins and the Long March. Unpublished contract report to Scottish Natural Heritage

Chetcuti, J., Moseley, D.G. and Smith, M.A. (2011), Ayrshire Integrated Habitat Networks. Unpublished contract report to East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire Joint Planning Steering Group, Central Scotland Forest Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Chetcuti, J., Moseley, D.G. and Smith, M.A. (2011). Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Integrated Habitat Networks. Unpublished contract report to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Mackenzie I., Dendonker N., Metzger M., Smith M., Chetcuti, J. (2010) Bioenergy to biodiversity: downscaling scenarios of European land use change. In: Eycott A., Scott D., Smithers R. (eds) Future Landscape Ecology. Proceedings of the 17th annual meeting of the IALE UK Chapter 13-16 September Brighton, UK, pp 99-108.

Moseley, D.G. and Chetcuti, J. (2010). Fife Integrated Habitat Networks. Unpublished report to Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, Fife Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, and Scottish Natural Heritage, 55 pp.

Smith, M., Moseley, D.G., Chetcuti, J., De Ioanni, M. (2008) Glasgow and Clyde Valley Integrated Habitat Networks. Forest Research. Roslin. Contract report to Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership.
Available at: http://www.gcvgreennetwork.gov.uk/component/option,com_docman/Itemid,55/gid,16/task,doc_details/

Smith, M. ed., (2008) Improving the ecological content of Forest Plans: A Case Study from Glen Affric. Forest Research. Roslin. Contract report to Forestry Commission Scotland. Available at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-7M5HZY

Moseley, D.G., Smith, M.A., Chetcuti, J., De Ioanni, M. (2008) Falkirk Integrated Habitat Networks. Unpublished report to Falkirk Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Central Scotland Forest Trust, 55 pp.

Winterbottom, S., Humphreys, L., Smith, M., Chetcuti, J., Humphrey, J. (2008) Development of a methodology for predicting the impact of demographic change and urban development on biodiversity.  Unpublished report to Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum For Environmental Research (SNIFFER). 86 pp.

Moseley, D.G., Martin, S., Humphrey, J.W., Edwards, D., Smith, M.A., Chetcuti, J., Eycott, A.E. (2008) Urban networks for people and biodiversity – form and function. Unpublished report to Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum For Environmental Research (SNIFFER). 82 pp.

Conferences:

Chetcuti, J., Kunin, W.E., Bullock, J.A. (2017). Landscape connectivity effects on alpha, beta, and gamma diversity. Poster at Ecology Across Borders GfÖ, BES, NecoV & EEF conference, Ghent.

Chetcuti, J., Moseley, D., Corbett, A., Hislop, M. (20012). Green Network Opportunities Mapping in Glasgow & the Clyde Valley. Poster at the 19th Annual IALE (UK) Conference, Edinburgh University.

Chetcuti, J., Knott, K., Smith, M. (2009). Incorporating ecological modelling into the planning of forest plans, in Ecological Networks: Science and Practise. Catchpole, R.D.J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Annual IALE (UK) Conference, Edinburgh University.  IALE (UK), pp. 89 – 96.

Research interests

Currently my main research focuses is on using individual based models (IBMs) to explore connectivity/framentation and the positive and negative effects of corridors on biodiversity. This research includes species habitat preference and coexistence. In particular I have been researching carabid habitat preference.

My former focuses have been on:

  • Remote sensing, using airbore LiDAR and Hyperspectral data in the investigating of habitat suitability for bird species, in particular Palila (Loxioides bailleui).
  • Spatial analysis and decision support tools for habitat networks, flood defence and greenspace used in urban and forest planning.