Dr Andy Smith

Reader in Forestry

Contact info

Location: Room 205, Environment Centre Wales, School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Email: a.r.smith@bangor.ac.uk

Phone:+44 (0)1248 382297

Web: LinkedIn, ResearchGate, GoogleScholar, ResearcherID

I research and teach forest ecology, biogeochemistry and plant-soil interactions with emphasis on species diversity and ecosystem function in undisturbed and managed ecosystems. I'm particlarly interested in belowground processes and the study of root biology, mycorrhizal symbiosis, and biogeochemical cycling; subjects that I have researched in a variety of climate change manipulation experiments that include elevated CO2 and climatic extremes (via altered precipitation and temperature regimes) in forest and upland ecosystems. I previously held the positions of Climate Change Impact Scientist at NERCs Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (2011-2013), and postdoctoral researcher at Bangor University (2010-2011). In my early career at the Medical Research Council, Cambridge and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge I focused on the development of novel molecular and bioinformatics techniques for the human genome sequencing projects.

I co-direct, with Prof Lui Shuguang, research activities at the Bangor University-Central South University of Forestry and Technology Joint Research Centre in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. I'm the PI of the forest diversity experiment (BangorDiverse) based at the Henfaes Research Centre, Abergwyngregyn that investigates the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function. BangorDiverse is part of the largest network (TreeDivNet) of biodviersity experiments worldwide, and was established in 2004 with 92 plots of alder (Alnus glutinosa L.), birch (Betula pendula Roth.), beech (Fagus sylvatica L.), ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.), sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.), chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.), and oak (Quercus robur L.) planted in monoculture, and two and three species mixtures using a fully replicated (n=4) design. I also manage and conducted research on silvopastoral agroforestry at the Henfaes Research Centre that focuses on the role agroforestry has in sustainably delivering food security whilst maintaining ecological complexity and the provision of ecosystem services (public goods). I lead the nutrient manipulation work package of the large (£3.7M) NERC grant (QUINTUS) an investigation of N & P stoichiometry in temperate forests exposed to ambient and elevated atmospheric CO2 at the BIFoR FACE facility. I led the Sêr Cymru NRN-LCEE research cluster Multi-Land that researched the evidence-base around Enhancement of Agricultural Productivity and Ecosystem Service Resilience in Multifunctional Landscapes. 


Natural Environment Research Council funded PhD studentship opportunities

Restoring for a resilient future: Woodland community assembly trajectories in the face of multiple stressors [Registered at Bangor University, based at UKCEH-Bangor]

https://tinyurl.com/2p97mrdh Deadline: 12th January 2022


Response of temperate forests to fertilisation: implications for climate change mitigation [Registered at the University of Birmingham, based at Birmingham/BIFoR]

https://tinyurl.com/65zn326f Deadline: 7th January 2022


Research Areas:

  1. 2021
  2. Investigating the impact of trees and hedgerows on landscape hydrology

    Author: Webb, B., 9 Aug 2021

    Supervisor: Smith, A. (Supervisor), Robinson, D. (External person) (Supervisor) & Marshall, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  3. 2020
  4. Impact of shelter on sheep behaviour during the neonatal period

    Author: Pritchard, C., 7 Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Williams, P. (Supervisor), Smith, A. (Supervisor), Davies, P. (External person) (Supervisor) & Jones, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters by Research

  5. Understanding the role of plant-microbe symbiosis in the cycling of carbon in temperate forest ecosystems

    Author: Peters, T., 9 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Smith, A. (Supervisor) & Jones, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  6. 2017
  7. Greenhouse gas flux response to restoration management in UK lowland peatlands

    Author: Brown, E., Jan 2017

    Supervisor: Evans, C. (Supervisor), Smith, A. (Supervisor) & Jones, D. L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy