AERU AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH UNIT
 

Dr. Doug Warner BSc MSc PhD PIEMA FHEA
Associate Professor Research

Email: d.j.warner@herts.ac.uk
Tel.: +44 (0)1707 286075

Doug joined the Agriculture and the Environment Research Unit (AERU) as a Research Fellow in July 2001. His main areas of interest are agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and their mitigation, carbon sequestration, integrated farm management and ecologically based methods of pest control, precision agriculture and farmland bio-diversity and conservation.

Since 2001 he has been involved in several national and European projects undertaking carbon footprinting, life-cycle analysis, and environmental impact and sustainability assessments.  Recent activities include the modelling of spatially explicit greenhouse gas emissions in European agricultural systems, and their application for assessing the impact of European Rural Development Programmes on greenhouse gas mitigation and the development of carbon footprinting tools. Other experience includes the evaluation of the impact of insecticides on non-target organisms, herbicide dispersal on hard surfaces in urban environments, ecological monitoring, applied conservation habitat management and insect taxonomy.

Qualifications

Doug has a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Sunderland, an MSc in Crop Protection from the Scottish Agricultural College (University of Aberdeen), and a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with IACR-Rothamsted titled "The Potential of Carabidae in the Control of Insect Pests of Winter Oilseed Rape". His Doctorate studied naturally occurring beneficial insects as pest control agents in winter oilseed rape and the implications for Integrated Pest Management systems. Doug is also an IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) Associate, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Previous employment

Doug has worked previously as a group leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, a warden with English Nature and as an insect taxonomist at IACR-Rothamsted.

Selected projects

  • Measuring the extent to which greenhouse gas emission savings achieved by Environmental Stewardship are displaced on-farm
  • OSCAR - Optimal Strategies for Climate change Action in Rural areas
  • A land carbon management plan for the Wallington estate
  • Climate change mitigation potential of farms in the EU: IMPACCT
  • Sustainable urban weed management
  • Impact Of Proposed NVZ Action Programme On Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2007 - 2008)
  • Research into the current and potential climate change mitigation impacts of environmental stewardship (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2006 - 2007)
  • Energy Optimisation in European Greenhouses - GREENERGY (European Union Framework VI, 2005 - 2008)
  • The Environmental Impact of Horticultural Practices in the EA's Southern Region (Environment Agency, 2006)
  • Sustainability of the UK Strawberry Crop (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2003 - 2005)
  • Genetic Diversity in Agriculture: Temporal Flux, Sustainable Productivity and Food Security 'GEDIFLUX' (European Union Framework V, 2004)
  • An Investigation of Varietal Characteristics Required for Sustainable Agriculture (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2003)
  • Management Strategies for European Rape Pests (MASTER) (European Union Framework V, 2002 - 2005)
  • Environment and Energy Impact Assessment for Sugar Beet Production Systems (British Beet Research Organisation, 2001 - 2003)

Recent publications

  • Wilkes, T.I., Warner, D.J., Edmonds-Brown, V., Davies, K.G. & Denholm, I. (2021). Zero tillage systems conserve arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, enhancing soil glomalin and water stable aggregates with implications for soil stability. Soil Systems, 5(1): 4. DOI.
  • Warner, D.J. & Lewis, K.A. (2019). Evaluation of the Risks of Contaminating Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed with High Erucic Rapeseed and Identification of Mitigation Strategies. Agriculture, 9(9), 190. DOI
  • Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D.J. & Holland, J.M. (2019). Developing practical techniques for quantitative assessment of ecosystem services on farmland. Ecological Indicators, 106: 105514. DOI
  • Warner, D.J., Lewis, K. & Tzilivakis, J. (2019). Stormwater harvesting and flood mitigation: A UK perspective. In: Jegatheesan, V., Goonetilleke, A., van Leeuwen, J., Kandasamy, J., Warner, D., Myers, B. Bhuiyan, M., Spence, K. & Parker, G. eds. Urban Stormwater and Flood Management: Enhancing the Liveability of Cities. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 29-47. DOI
  • Lewis, K., Warner, D.J. & Tzilivakis, J. (2019). Stormwater harvesting. In: Jegatheesan, V., Goonetilleke, A., van Leeuwen, J., Kandasamy, J., Warner, D., Myers, B. Bhuiyan, M., Spence, K. & Parker, G. eds. Urban Stormwater and Flood Management: Enhancing the Liveability of Cities. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 119-137. DOI
Dr. Doug Warner's extended publications list.

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