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Department of Zoology



My academic background is in ecology and conservation. Joining the Conservation Science Group in 2015, my PhD explored ecosystem service delivery in forestry, supervised by Professor Bill Sutherland. Following my PhD, I joined Forestry England, managing the Forest Resilience Programme in the East District before moving into the National Operations team. I am now the Head of Forest Planning, providing leadership and strategic oversight on forest planning, forest resilience and natural capital across the nation's forests. I am still engaged in research and sit on the UK government's Expert Committee for Forest Science. I am an Academic Visitor to the Conservation Science Group.


I am interested in how ecological understanding and evidence can inform effective and pragmatic managment decisions to maximise the value of our landscapes, for both nature and people. My PhD focused on the practicality of using the natural capital approach to guide land-use decisions and deliver biodiversity gains. I collaborated with Forestry England, using Thetford Forest and the Brecks to study ecosystem service trade-offs and optimality at a scale relevant to land management decisions. My work now focuses on the practical application of science to transform day-to-day decisions. My research interests include ecosystem management, functional ecology and environmental economics.


Key publications: 

Tew, E. R., Ambrose-Oji, B., Beatty, M., Büntgen, U., Butterworth, H. Clover, G., Cook, D., Dauksta, D., Day, W., Deakin, J., Field, A., Gardiner, B., Harrop, P., Healey, J.R., Heaton, R., Hemery, G., Hill, L., Hughes, O., Khaira-Creswell, P.K., Kirby, K., Leitch, A., MacKay, J., McIlhiney, R., Murphy, B., Newton, L., Norris, D., Nugee, R., Parker, J., Petrokofsky, G., Prosser, A., Quine, C., Randhawa, G., Reid, C., Richardson, M., Ridley-Ellis, D.J., Riley, R., Roberts, J.E., Schaible, R., Simpson, L.E., Spake, R., Tubby, I., Urquhart, J., Wallace-Stephens, F., Wilson, J.D., Sutherland, W.J. (2023) A horizon scan of issues affecting UK forest management within 50 years. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, cpad047,

Cerullo, G., Barlow, J., Betts, M., Edwards, D., Eyres, A., França, F., Garrett, R., Swinfield, T., Tew, E., White, T., Balmford, A. (2023) The global impact of EU forest protection policies. Science 381(6659): 740

Tew, E.R., Conway, G.J., Henderson, I.G., Milodowski, D.T., Swinfield, T., Sutherland, W.J. (2022) Recommendations to enhance breeding bird diversity in managed plantation forests determined using LiDAR Ecological Applications 32(7): e2678

Other publications: 

Sutherland, W.J., Bennett, C., Brotherton, P.N.M., Butchart, S.H.M., Butterworth, H.M., Clarke, S.J., Esmail, N., Fleishman, E., Gaston, K.J., Herbert-Read, J.E., Hughes, A.C., James, J., Kaartokallio, H.,  Le Roux, X., Lickorish, F.A., Newport, S., Palardy, J.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Peck, L.S., Pettorelli, N., Primack, R.B., Primack, W.E., Schloss, I.R., Spalding, M.D., ten Brink, D., Tew, E., Timoshyna, A., Tubbs, N., Watson, J.E.M., Wentworth, J., Wilson, J.D., Thornton, A. (2023) A horizon scan of global biological conservation issues for 2024.Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Downey, H., Boenisch, N., .... & Tew, E. R. (2022) Chapter 9: Creating Evidence-Based Policy and Practice In Transforming Conservation: A Practical Guide to Evidence and Decision Making (Eds. William J. Sutherland). pp 269-304

Tew, E., Coventry, R., Fensom, E., Sorensen, C. (2021) Forest Resilience Part 2: Practical Considerations Quarterly Journal of Forestry 115: 196-207 *Winner James Cup for best paper in Quarterly Journal of Forestry

Tew, E., Coventry, R., Fensom, E., Sorensen, C. (2021) Forest Resilience Part 1: The urgent need for action Quarterly Journal of Forestry 115: 115-124

Spencer, J., Tew, E. (2021) The Role of Wildlife in Sustainable Forest Management Part 1: Ospreys and the forest nutrient flux Quarterly Journal of Forestry 115: 130-137

Tew, E.R., Vanguelova, E.I., Sutherland, W.J. (2021) Alternative afforestation options on sandy heathland result in minimal long-term changes in mineral soil layers. Forest Ecology and Management 483: 118906

Tew, E.R., Simmons, B.I., Sutherland, W.J. (2019) Quantifying cultural ecosystem services: Disentangling the effects of management from landscape features. People and Nature 1: 70-86. *Runner-up Rachel Carson prize for best paper by an Early Career Researcher.

Jucker, T., Wintle, B., Shackelford, G., Bocquillon, P., Geffert, J. L., Kasoar, T., Jovacs, E., Mumby, H. S., Orland, C., Schleicher, J., Tew, E. R., Zabala, A., Amano, T., Bell, A., Bongalov, B., Chambers, J. M., Corrigan, C., Durán, A. P., Duvic-Paoli, L-A., Emilson, C., da Silva, J. F., Garnett, E. E., Green, E. J., Guth, M. K., Hacket-Pain, A., Hinsley, A., Igea, J., Kunz, M., Luke, S. H., Lynam, W., Martin, P. A., Nunes, M. H., Ockendon, N., Pavitt, A., Payne, C. L. R., Plutshack, V., Rademacher, T., Robertson, R. J., Rose, D. C., Serban, A., Simmons, B. I., Szkokan-Emilson, E. J., Tayleur, C., Wordley, C., Mukherjee, N. (2018) A ten year assessment of the 100 priority questions for global biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 32: 1457-1463

Ockendon, N., Thomas, D.H.L., Cortina, J., Adams, W.M., Aykroyd, T., Barov, B., Boitani, L., Bonn, A., Branquinho, C., Brombacher, M., Burrell, C., Carver, S., Crick, H.Q.P., Duguy, B., Everett, S., Fokkens, B., Fuller, R.J., Gibbons, D.W., Gokhelashvili, R., Griffin, C., Halley, D.J., Hotham, P., Hughes, F.M.R., Karamanlidis, A.A., McOwen, C.J., Miles, L., Mitchell, R., Rands, M.R.W., Roberts, J., Sandom, C.J., Spencer, J.W., ten Broeke, E., Tew, E.R., Thomas, C.D., Timoshyna, A., Unsworth, R.K.F., Warrington, S., Sutherland, W.J. (2018) One hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe. Biological Conservation 221: 198–208

Rose, D. C., Mukherjee, N., Simmons, B. I., Tew, E. R., Robertson, R. J., Vadrot, A. B. M., Doubleday, R., Sutherland, W. J. (2017) Policy windows for the environment: Tips for improving the uptake of scientific knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy 113: 47-54

Tew, E. R., Adamson, A. and Hesselberg, T. (2015). The web repair behaviour of an orb spider. Animal Behaviour 103: 137-146


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