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Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Professor Simmons has been Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences since August 2010. She has significant experience of environmental and land-based education ranging from secondary school science teaching through to PhD supervisions. Current research areas include:

Bioenergy
Multipurpose forestry
Forest schools
Landbased industry skills shortages

Previous research project experience includes:

Rural Community Energy
Bioenergy Group (U.K. Energy Research Centre, LEADER+ funding)
Future Fields Project lead – exploring the potential of non-food crops and landbased renewables in sustainable development
Green care – therapy through skills in rural businesses
Heritage skills – conservation meets new technologies
Initial PI of UK team in EU 5th Framework project on Spatial Indicators in Nature Conservation. Seven European partners exploring the potential of remote sensing and GIS for large scale conservation management and planning in NATURA 2000 sites
Living Landscapes Project – with Dept. of Geography at University of Reading (funder English Nature and 7 Midland County Councils)
Countryside Quality Counts. Consultant on project with the Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield. Countryside Agency funded project to develop an indicator of countryside change
IUCN: Threatened Landscapes Group (funding from Farmers Club, U.K. and International Union for Conservation of Nature
Restoration of Dipterocarp forest in Malaysia (Travel and student PhD grants - Royal Society & British Council)
Tropical landscape & forest conservation initiatives (Grant from the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Caribbean Conservation Association – surveys in Belize & Caribbean islands

Experience

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    Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University