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Dr Andrew Suggitt

Assistant Professor

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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Pronouns: He/him.

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'. Principal supervisor Andy Suggitt, Co-supervisor Dr Mike Jeffries.

Matthew Floyd, Northumbria RDF PhD Student 2020-24. Project title: 'Spatial dynamics of Maldivian seagrass meadows and their role in ecosystem services for marine conservation'. Principal supervisor (mat cover) Andy Suggitt, Principal supervisor (mat leave) Dr Holly East, Co-supervisors Dr Vasile Ersek, Dr James Guest & Vivienne Evans.

Sarah Woods, Northumbria PhD Student, 2023-26. Project title: 'Nocturnal pollinators in the Anthropocene: How are nocturnal Lepidoptera affected by urbanisation and other anthropogenic factors?'. Principal supervisor Andy Suggitt, Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard & Dr Katherine Baldock.

Alana Thornton, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2023-27. Project title: 'Where the wild things go: finding and creating refugia from climate change in Northern Britain'. Principal supervisor Andy Suggitt, Co-supervisors Dr Simon Duffield, Dr Rachel Gaulton & Dr Francis Massé.

Francesca Ridley, Newcastle University NERC One Planet DTP Student 2019-23. Project title: 'Predicting return on investment of biodiversity conservation measures'. Principal supervisor Prof Philip McGowan, Co-supervisors Dr Louise Mair & Andy Suggitt.

Kate Halstead, Newcastle University NERC One Planet DTP Student 2021-25. Project title: 'Reducing the impact of climate change and other environmental stresses on native uk oak tree health: a study of wind storms'. Principal supervisor Dr Rachel Gaulton, Co-supervisors Dr Roy Sanderson & Andy Suggitt.

Theresa Campbell-Carbon, Northumbria RDF PhD Student 2023-30. Project title: 'How can national climate change adaptation policy be designed and delivered in a socially just way to ethnic minorities?'. Principal supervisor Prof Alister Scott, Co-supervisor Andy Suggitt.

Jamie McKeown, Newcastle University NERC One Planet DTP Student 2022-26. Project title: 'Resilient treescapes for a changing climate: a mathematical approach'. Principal supervisor Dr Nick Parker, Co-supervisors Dr Andrew Baggaley, Dr Laura Wadkin & Andy Suggitt.

Neil Perkins, Northumbria PDRA 2022-23. Project title: 'Conservation’s role in mitigating zoonosis risk: synergies, trade-offs and ways forward'. PI Andy Suggitt, Co-Is Dr Emily Henderson & Dr Francis Massé.

Teresa Montras Janer, SLU Uppsala Vetenskapsrådet PDRA 2021-23. Project title: 'Interacting effects of land-use and climate change on biodiversity at different timescales'. PI Dr Alistair Auffret, Co-I Andy Suggitt.

Lisbeth Hordley, Butterfly Conservation PDRA 2021-23. Project title: 'Precipitation buffers temperature-driven moth extirpations at warm range margins'. Supervisor Dr Nigel Bourn, Co-supervisors Dr Richard Fox & Andy Suggitt.

Sirio Orozco-Fuentes, Northumbria PDRA 2023. Project title: 'Advancing coding skills and culture at Northumbria'. Supervisor Andy Suggitt.

Research Environment

I believe in team environments that are safe, happy places to be in- where swapping ideas is fun, diversity is celebrated, and different voices are encouraged. I try to make myself better at fostering these environments by listening to and working with others who have different backgrounds, career paths and experiences to me. I am also a trained Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England and would call myself an LGBTQ+ proud ally.

Teaching Environment

I love teaching science as much as I love doing research and I think the two are intrinsically linked. I am committed to improving my teaching and am proud to say that I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I also make short films about the natural world for my Vimeo channel aimed at students and the public.

I am a big believer in the power of getting out there and experiencing what you study firsthand in the field, whether it's atop a far-flung mountain or in a local nature reserve close to home. To that end I try to spend as much of my time outdoors as I can get away with, and that includes playtime too- I'm a keen runner, swimmer, surfer, hiker and kayaker.

Qualifications and professional memberships

PhD in Ecology, University of York, 2007-11.
Member, British Ecological Society, 2008+.
Member, British Exploring Society, 2012+.
UKCC Level 2 Canoe & Kayak Coach, British Canoeing, 2015+.
Fellow, Royal Geographical Society, 2019+.
Mountain Leader (Summer), Mountain Training UK, 2022+.

Andrew Suggitt

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  • 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. 1 Jan 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

  • Alana Thornton Where the wild things go: finding and creating refugia from climate change in Northern Britain Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Matthew Floyd Spatial dynamics of Maldivian seagrass meadows and their role in ecosystem services for marine conservation Start Date: 20/06/2023
  • Sarah Woods Nocturnal Pollinators In The Anthropocene: How Are Nocturnal Lepidoptera Affected By Urbanisation And Climate Change? Start Date: 01/03/2023
  • 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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