Louise Sing, BA, MSc

Spatial ScientistLouise Sing

Email: louise.sing@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Twitter: @sing_louise

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5985
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

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Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Louise Sing joined Forest Research in 2002, where she has specialised in GIS and spatial analysis. She studied for a BA (Hons) in Geography at the University of Birmingham and an MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Greenwich. Louise is currently undertaking a PhD in ecosystem services and forest management with the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh.

Current role

Spatial Scientist, PhD Student

Louise’s current research is investigating the use of ecosystem services for delivering evidence on the effects of alternative forest management and expansion strategies for a range of priority ecosystem services. Louise provides spatial analysis skills to other projects which use GIS modelling methods and decision support tools including Ecological Site Classification.

Her current research looks at how ecosystem services knowledge can be used to inform forest planning, looking at trade-offs among ecosystem services. This includes research into woodland expansion visions.

Current programmes

Affiliations and responsibilities

  • Member of the Association for Geographic Information
  • Member of the International Association for Landscape Ecology

Research areas

  • Ecosystem services and forest management
  • Woodland expansion
  • Ecological Site Classification (ESC)

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Peer reviewed journal articles

Palomo I, Willemen L, Drakou E, Burkhard B, Crossman N,
Bellamy C, Burkhard K, Campagne CS, Dangol A, Franke J,
Kulczyk S, Le Clec'h S, Malak DA, Muñoz L, Narusevicius V,
Ottoy S, Roelens J, Sing L, Thomas A, Van Meerbeek K,
Verweij P (2017) Practical solutions for bottlenecks in ecosystem
services mapping. One Ecosystem 3: e20713
doi: 10.3897/oneeco.3.e20713

Sing, L., Metzger, M.J., Paterson, J.S. and Ray, D. (2017) A review of the effects of forest management intensity on ecosystem services for northern European temperate forest with a focus on the UK. Forestry DOI: 10.1093/forestry/cpx042.

Sarkki S, Jokinen M, Nijnik M, Zahvoyska L, Abraham EM, Alados CL, Bellamy C, Bratanova-Dontcheva S, Grunewald K, Kollar J, Krajčí J, Kyriazopoulos AP, La Porta N, Monteiro AT, Munoz-Rojas J, Parpan T, Sing L, Smith M, Sutinen ML, Tolvanen A, Zhyla T (2017)  Social equity in governance of ecosystem services: synthesis from European treeline areas. Climate Research.

Bouriaud, L., Marzano, M., Lexer, M. et al. (2015) Institutional factors and opportunities for adapting European forest management to climate change. Reg Environ Change 15: 1595. doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0852-8

Thomas, H., Paterson, J., Metzger, M. and Sing, L. (2015) Towards a research agenda for woodland expansion in Scotland. Forest Ecology and Management 349, 149-161

Sing, L., Towers, W. and Ellis, J. (2013) Woodland expansion in Scotland: an assessment of the opportunities and constraints using GIS. Scottish Forestry 67(4), 18-25.

FC and FR publications including official statistics

Sing, L., Ray, D. and Watts, K. (2015) Ecosystem services and forest management. Forestry Commission Research Note 20. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Contract and project reports

Ray, D., Sing, L. and Nicoll, B. (2016) LWEC Agriculture & Forestry Report Card Paper 9: Forest Ecosystem Services and Climate Change.

Towers, W., Sing, L., Ray, D. and Crow, P. (2011). Woodland Expansion GIS project: Final report (PDF–3.78MB). James Hutton Institute and Forest Research report to Forestry Commission Scotland Woodland Expansion Advisory Group.