John has worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 1995. Prior to joining the University he worked as an ecologist for Sheffield City Council for one year and then as an ecological consultant for five years. Through this he gained practical experience of many of the topics that he now teaches.
John has retained contact with the sector partly through his involvement with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). He is currently chair of the Membership and Applications Committee of CIEEM.
He is course Leader for the MSc Environmental Management suite of courses.
John delivers modules a broad range of modules in the environmental field at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His main interest is in ecology. He teaches topics around ecological survey and evaluation as well as site management for nature conservation.
Related to his consultancy experience, he teaches environmental impact assessment (EIA), particularly ecological impact assessment, but also more broadly the process of EIA.
John has always been interested in the use of information technology in environmental management and now teaches the use of geographical information systems (GIS) both in an environmental context and more broadly.
He is currently supervising two PhD students in ecology and environmental management.
Theses / Dissertations
Mnsur, S.E.A. (2014). An evaluation of land degradation and desertification in the Jeffara Plain, Libya. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rotherham, I., & Rose, J.
Vickers, A.D. (2001). The evaluation of woodland status by means of botanical indicator species. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rotherham, I., Rose, J., & Jones, M.
John is involved with conservation organisations in Sheffield. He sits on two committees:
• the Sheffield Local Wildlife Sites Partnership, a group that advises Sheffield City Council on the management and designation of sites for nature conservation;
• the advisory group for Data for Nature, a project lead by Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust.
Effects of the management of field scale releases of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops on the abundance and diversity of farmland wildlife. - Evaluation of the monitoring programme. For Friends of the Earth. 2002
CIEEM (2007) What a graduate should know: survey skills.
Since joining SHU I have undertaken several minor pieces of consultancy work, principally as a means of maintaining professional experience.