Dr Jen Smart

Head of Conservation Science Scotland & Northern Ireland, Conservation Science

Background

I am an ecologist with more than 15 years’ experience in avian population ecology and applied conservation and I have spent a lot of time testing possible solutions to conservation problems.

I now manage a team of 15-20 scientists working to deliver the science needs of Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is my job to enable and support my team to be as brilliant as they are. I also usually have one or two PhD students.

When I get a chance to do any science, I have expertise in a range of species and habitats and my research has focused on using habitat, management and demographic data to understand patterns of occupancy and abundance at a range of scales from nests to landscapes.

I will always love breeding waders. I am passionate about science communication and in particular ensuring that science infleunces policy and practise.

External Activities

  • 2020 Chair of the International Wader Study Group
  • 2014 to 2021: British Ornithologists' Union Council, Chair - Engagement Committee (2014-16), Chair - Ibis Management Committee (2016 to 2021)
  • 2013-present: Honorary Lectureship at the UEA
  • 2012: Associate Editor of Ibis

Partners and Collaboration

  • Prof Jenny Gill, University of East Anglia
  • Samantha Franks, BTO
  • Geoff Hilton & Lynda Donaldson, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • Dr Nicola Hemmings, University of Sheffield

Contact

Jennifer Smart

Dr Jen Smart

Head of Conservation Science Scotland & Northern Ireland, Conservation Science

RSPB Scotland - HQ, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH

jennifer.smart@rspb.org.uk

@drredshank

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Specialisms

Agriculture Identifying problems Protected areas UK species

Selected Publications

Scenarios of habitat management options to reduce predator impacts on nesting waders

Wetland ecosystems throughout the world are threatened by drainage and intensification of agriculture. Consequently, many wetland species of conservation concern are now restricted to fewer and smaller sites, and maintaining these species often requires...

Date
01 December 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Rebecca Laidlaw, Dr Jen Smart
Authors
Laidlaw, R.A., Smart, J., Smart, M.A. & Gill, J.A.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Managing uplands for biodiversity: Do agri-environment schemes deliver benefits for breeding lapwing

Within Europe, agri-environment schemes are the key delivery mechanism for biodiversity conservation outside protected areas. Schemes have a range of land management options designed to deliver ...

Date
17 April 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Jen Smart, Prof Richard Gregory, Dr Mark Bolton
Authors
Smart, J., Bolton, M., Hunter, F., Quayle, H., Thomas, G. & Gregory, R.D.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Light grazing of saltmarshes increases the availability of nest sites for Common Redshank Tringa totanus, but reduces their quality

The breeding population of Common Redshank Tringa totanus on British saltmarshes has reduced by >50% since 1985, with declines linked to changes in grazing management. Conservation initiatives have encouraged...

Date
05 April 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Jen Smart
Authors
Sharps, E., Garbutt, A., Hiddink, J.G., Smart, J. & Skov, M.W.
Published in
Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 221: 71-78
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The use of predator-exclusion fencing as a management tool improves the breeding success of waders on lowland wet grassland

Waders breeding on lowland wet grassland have undergone dramatic declines across Europe in recent decades. Few species now achieve the levels of breeding success required for population stability and ...

Date
09 November 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Jen Smart, Lucy Mason
Authors
Malpas, L.R., Kennerley, R.J., Hirons, G.J.M, Sheldon, R.D., Ausden, M., Gilbert, J.C. & Smart, J.
Published in
Journal for Nature Conservation
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Illegal killing slows population recovery of a re-introduced raptor of high conservation concern - The red kite Milvus milvus

The re-introduction of extirpated species is a valuable conservation tool. Red kites Milvus milvus are declining over much of their European range and have been re-introduced to England and Scotland, ...

Date
29 March 2010
RSPB Authors
Dr Jen Smart, Dr Innes Sim, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Smart, J., Amar, A., Sim, I.M.W., Etheridge, B., Cameron, D., Christie, G. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Biological Conservation
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