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Dr Andrew Suggitt

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

My research examines the effects of environmental change on the natural world. I am particularly interested in the extent to which an organism's local climate - its so-called microclimate - interacts with wider climatic conditions and shifts to define its niche, and ultimately, how this affects its prospects under contemporary climatic change.

I am lucky to be working with a team of superb collaborators in the UK, across Europe and around the world. Our latest projects combine state-of-the-art microclimate modelling techniques with a new digitised map of land use in Great Britain to investigate how long-term changes in our climate and land use affect extinction risk in plant and animal species. We are also working to inform climate change adaptation efforts by identifying and describing climatic refugia for range-retracting species.

I am always open to new ideas, projects or 'adventures' - send me an email 🌱

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Research Group

Andrea Cristiano, Northumbria RDF PhD Student, 2021-24. Project title: 'All change? Biodiversity, range shift, climate change and land use change in The Anthropocene'. Supervisor Andy Suggitt, Co-supervisor Dr Mike Jeffries.

Teresa Montras Janer, SLU Uppsala Vetenskapsrådet PDRA 2021-24. Project title: 'Interacting effects of land-use and climate change on biodiversity at different timescales'. PI Dr Alistair Auffret, Co-I Andy Suggitt.

Peter Raynor, Northumbria EMMR MSc Student, 2019-20. Project title: 'Modelling the distribution of the endangered Large heath butterfly (Coenonympha tullia) in the UK using a desk-based habitat survey'. Supervisor Andy Suggitt.

Francesca Ridley, Newcastle University NERC One Planet DTP Student 2019-22. Project title: 'Predicting return on investment of biodiversity conservation measures'. Principal supervisor Prof Philip McGowan, Co-supervisors Dr Louise Mair & Andy Suggitt.

Andrew Suggitt

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Widespread Effects of Climate Change on Local Plant Diversity, Suggitt, A., Lister, D., Thomas, C. 9 Sep 2019, In: Current Biology
  • Extinction risk from climate change is reduced by microclimatic buffering, Suggitt, A., Wilson, R., Isaac, N., Beale, C., Auffret, A., August, T., Bennie, J., Crick, H., Duffield, S., Fox, R., Hopkins, J., Macgregor, N., Morecroft, M., Walker, K., Maclean, I. 1 Aug 2018, In: Nature Climate Change
  • Climatic Disequilibrium Threatens Conservation Priority Forests, Huntley, B., Allen, J., Bennie, J., Collingham, Y., Miller, P., Suggitt, A. 10 Feb 2018, In: Conservation Letters
  • Conducting robust ecological analyses with climate data, Suggitt, A., Platts, P., Barata, I., Bennie, J., Burgess, M., Bystriakova, N., Duffield, S., Ewing, S., Gillingham, P., Harper, A., Hartley, A., Hemming, D., Maclean, I., Maltby, K., Marshall, H., Morecroft, M., Pearce-Higgins, J., Pearce-Kelly, P., Phillimore, A., Price, J., Pyke, A., Stewart, J., Warren, R., Hill, J. 1 Nov 2017, In: Oikos

PGR Supervision

Andrea Cristiano All change? Biodiversity, range shift, climate change and land use change in The Anthropocene Start Date: 18/01/2021

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