David lectures in biology, specialising in ecological and environmental topics. He studied biology at the University of Manchester and undertook research in plant population ecology at the University of Liverpool.
As well as teaching experience at Bath Spa, UWE Bristol and Anglia Ruskin University, he has a long track record in environmental consultancy. This included six years as a senior manager in an environmental consultancy, working in the UK and abroad - experience that is brought to bear in teaching more vocational topics such as ecological assessment.
Current and recent research projects include a major grassland habitat creation project on a former landfill site at the Carymoor Environmental Trust/ Somerset Wildlife Trust and a research project for Defra/Wessex Water on a Paid Ecosystem Services case study. These projects feed into his teaching in conservation biology, biodiversity assessment and environmental consultancy. He has also led an R and D project, collaborating with students, to develop on-line resources to aid first year Biology and Environmental Science undergraduates in their studies.
David has served as an external examiner and external panel member for course review at the University of Glamorgan and the University of Bath. He is Bath Spa's link for the Biosciences in the Higher Education Academy and a co-ordinator of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) North Wessex New Generation Group. He has served as a member of Council for Somerset Wildlife Trust and is a Trustee for Carymoor Environmental Trust.
In 2006 David was lead convener for the highly successful BES/IEEM meeting on Ecological Impact Assessment: Science and Best Practice held at Bath Spa University. Recently, he also led staff development workshops in group-working and assessment within e-learning. He is a member of the School of Society, Enterprise and Environment's Senior Management Group, chairs the university's e-learning committee and is an active member of the University's Environmental Steering Group.
- BSc(Hons) University of Manchester
- PhD University of Liverpool
- BSc Honours Biology 1982
- PhD University of Liverpool 1987.
- Member of the British Ecological Society since 1983
- Lead organiser for the British Ecological Society/Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management conference on Ecological Impact Assessment: Science and Best Practice (2006), Bath Spa University
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management since 1993
- Higher Education Academy representative for Biosciences since 2001
- Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management since February 2007. (Key member of CIWM's North Wessex New Generation Group since 2003).
- Topics: Ecology, Impact Assessment, Biological Conservation, Wastes Management, Plant Population Biology
- I am course Director for MSc Environmental Management and lead a number of modules in this programme
- Until recently, I was Chair of the university's e-learning Committee [2006-2016].
- Quarry Life Award [Hanson/HeidelbergCement sponsored research competition] - 2016 PI for 'Biodiversity restoration - can drones provide an accurate, efficient and safe survey method?' Quarry Life Project Report to Hanson/Heidelberg Cement, September 2016. Batts Combe Quarry. Placed third in the UK stage of the competition
- McInnes, R., Smith, G.M., Greaves, J., Watson, D., Wood, N., and Everard, M (2016) ‘Multi-criteria decision analysis for the evaluation of water quality improvement and ecosystem service provision.’ Water and Environment Journal DOI: 10.1111/wej.12195
- Quarry Life Award - 2014 PI for 'The feasibility of biodiversity enhancements in woodland ground flora around Whatley Quarry'. Quarry Life Project Report to Hanson/HeidelbergCement. Winner of the international award for Biodiversity Enhancement. Available via: http://www.quarrylifeaward.com/projects/united-kingdom/feasibility-biodiversity-enhancements-woodland-ground-flora-around-whatley
- Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, Environmental Gain Ltd, Bath Spa University, RM Wetlands and Environment (2014) The Tortworth Brook Project: Final Report. Defra Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) – Pilot PES Research Project. Report to Defra/Wessex Water, January 2014. Available via: http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Module=MoreandLocation=NoneandProjectID=18550
- Grassland Habitat Creation, Carymoor Environmental Centre. Outputs: demonstration plots for teaching and training purposes, 1 MPhil student (completed 2005) plus two related journal papers (in preparation). The project was a finalist in the national Flora locale Go Native! award scheme in 2006. Project size: 1.3 ha, several thousand pounds of funding, 15 year project from 2001. This research explores community ecology concepts and develops field skills that have application in teaching a range of modules
- Director of Studies for MPhil students Sage who completed her MPhil in 2005 on plant species reintroduction research linked to the Carymoor grassland research project. Second supervisor for Holmes who completed her PhD in 2004
- Director of Studies for Erica Mortimer (PhD student) from April 2009 to successful completion in January 2016. This work was on ecotype variation in Lotus corniculatus and grassland restoration.
- Supervision of undergraduate research publication: Haley, MA (2009) The impact of stream support on the hydrology and macrophytes of the upper Bristol Avon Bioscience Horizons 2(1): 44-54 and of Howell, J. The impact of stream support on the hydrology and macrophytes of the upper Bristol Avon. Bioscience Horizons 2(1): 44-54
This subject matter relates to BY4002-20 Biodiversity and Conservation, BY5002-20 Ecology; and OM5005-20 Environmental Sustainability, and BY6010-20 Environmental Consultancy
- Internal Examiner for MPhil candidate (Wolski), 2004
- Seed ecology research on Dianthus armeria (Deptford Pink) with Plantlife. This work helps to inform my expertise in plant species conservation
- PhD and subsequent research into herbicide resistance in weeds.
- University of Plymouth, Environmental Science, 2015/6 - 2019/20
- University of Glamorgan, School of Applied Sciences, 2001/02 to 2004/05.
Other external roles
- External Panel Member: University of Bath, Degree Scheme Review PG Dip/MSc Integrated Environmental Management (DL) (2012)
- Environmental Health HND Review at Weston College on behalf of BSU
- Review of a Module Assessment Tool, as part of a NTFS project.
- BSU link for Biosciences to the Higher Education Academy
- Co-organiser of the CIWM New Generation Group for North Wessex
- Trustee of Carymoor Environmental Trust.
Recent professional updating
- Staff Development Review Training
- Recruitment and Selection of staff
- Leadership for the Future training programme plus a range of management training seminars
- Non-Executive Director training course
- e-learning Training and Showcase events
- University 'Refreshing the curriculum' seminars on Blended Learning and Student writing. University Staff Development Seminars on Web 2.0.
Research and academic outputs
Multicriteria decision analysis for the evaluation of water quality improvement and ecosystem service provision
McInnes, R, Smith, G.M, Greaves, J, Watson, D, Wood, N and Everard, M (2016) 'Multicriteria decision analysis for the evaluation of water quality improvement and ecosystem service provision.' Water and Environment Journal, 30 (3-4). pp. 298-309. ISSN 1747-6585
Watson, D (2003) Creating species-rich grassland on a clay landfill cap. In: 23rd Annual Meeting and AGM of the British Ecological Society, 9 - 11 September 2003, Manchester Metropolitan University.
The feasibility of biodiversity enhancements in woodland ground flora around Whatley Quarry: final report submission to the Quarry Life Award Project
Cottam, L, Gibson, E, Harnett, J, Spiers, R, Thomas, L, Watson, D, Watts, D and Weiss, M (2014) The feasibility of biodiversity enhancements in woodland ground flora around Whatley Quarry: final report submission to the Quarry Life Award Project. HeidelbergCement.
Defra Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES): Pilot PES Research Project. The Tortworth Brook Project: Final Report
McInnes, R, Smith, G.M, Greaves, J, Watson, D, Wood, D and Everard, M (2014) Defra Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES): Pilot PES Research Project. The Tortworth Brook Project: Final Report. Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART), Bristol.
Biodiversity restoration - can drones provide an accurate, efficient and safe survey method? Quarry Life Award final project report
Watson, D (2016) Biodiversity restoration - can drones provide an accurate, efficient and safe survey method? Quarry Life Award final project report. HeidelbergCement.