Alistair Jump joined The University of Stirling in 2008. A plant ecologist focussing on the impacts of environmental change, his research is fundamentally interdisciplinary and incorporates information from sources as diverse as historical accounts and palynology through to remote sensing and population genetics. The integration of diverse data types is essential to understand the response of populations, communities and biomes to changing environmental conditions in the past in order to improve our understanding of how they may change in the future.
Following his PhD at the University of Sheffield, Alistair worked as a consultant for the Peak District National Park Authority in the survey and conservation prioritisation of historic lead mine sites in the Peak District region of England. His interest in the legacy of human - environment interactions has played an important role in shaping his approach to contemporary ecological questions, where past management activity often dating back many centuries shapes the composition of biological communities and influences how they respond to current environmental changes.