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Longstanding FSC Trustee Receives Prestigious Award

Professor Rob Marrs, a longstanding Trustee of the FSC, has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to continue his ground-breaking pioneering research on the management of British upland landscapes.

Professor Marrs, who has been the Bulley Professor of Applied Plant Biology for the last 27 years and currently teaches Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Liverpool, said: “I am honoured and delighted to receive this award as it allows me to continue my experimental research on land management into retirement."

The award will support very long-term experiments of rewilding across a series of vegetation types where the effects of management removal will be compared to “business-as-usual” management. This rewilding work will be undertaken at the Environmental Change Network’s site at Moor House National Nature Reserve in the north Pennines, where Professor Marrs ‎– a long-standing member of ECN's Scientific and Technical Advisory Group ‎– has been researching for almost 40 years. The experiments are unique in that some were set up in the mid-1950s through to 1967, but have had continued monitoring until 2016.

Find out more about the rewilding work and the award.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018