Phillip Handley, BSc, MSc

GIS Specialist

Phillip Handley


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5653
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Phillip studied Physical Geography (BSc (Hons)) at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management (MSc) at King’s College London. Phillip joined Forest Research in 2006 as a GIS and Spatial Ecology Analyst using GIS to evaluate biodiversity in a fragmented landscape. In 2014 he transferred to the Urban Forest Reseach Group (UFoRG).

Current role

GIS Specialist

Phillip develops GIS tools and models to support the groups’ work on urban trees and greenspaces; with a specific focus on ecosystem service delivery.

Current programmes

Mapping and valuing the UK's Urban Forest

  • Developing a UK calibrated version of the i-Tree Eco model.
  • Supporting the initiation, delivery and reporting of i-Tree Eco and i-Tree Canopy projects.
  • Developing the Treezilla website through the ViTAL project.

 Resilience of urban forests

  • Using existing datasets to inform on the extent and composition of urban forests.
  • Comparing the spatial configuration of urban forests and risks.

 The role of trees and greenspaces in urban climate regulation

  • Using experimental data to create models of urban cooling by trees.

Research Areas

  • Ecosystem services delivery
  • Woodland resilience

Main recent publications

Doick, K.J., Davies, H.J., Moss, J., Coventry, R., Handley, P., Vaz Monteiro, M., Rogers, K. and Simpkin, P. (2017). The Canopy Cover of England’s Towns and Cities: baselining and setting targets to improve human health and well-being. Conference Proceedings of TPBEIII. Urban Trees Research Conference. 5-6th April 2017. Institute of Chartered Foresters, Edinburgh. (In Press).

Rogers, K. Handley, P. (2017) Plymouth Policy Area Tree Canopy Cover Assessment. Treeconomics, Exeter. 55 pp.

Goodenough, J., Handley, P., Rogers, K. and Simpkin, P. (2016). Canopy Cover Assessment and Recommendations for Wycombe District. A report by Treeconomics and Forest Research to Wycombe District Council. 41 pp.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley, P. (2016). Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 19, 223–236.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley and P., Peace, A. (2016). The impact of greenspace size on the extent of local nocturnal air temperature cooling in London. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 16, 160–169.

Watts, K. and Handley, P. (2010). Developing a functional connectivity indicator to detect change in fragmented landscapes. Ecological Indicators 10, 552-557.

Watts, K., Eycott A.E., Handley P., Ray D., Humphrey, J.W. and Quine, C.P. (2010), Targeting and evaluating biodiversity conservation action within fragmented landscapes: an approach based on generic focal species and least-cost networks. Landscape Ecology Vol.25, No. 9, 1305-1318.

Watts, K., Handley, P. and Scholefield, P. (2008) Habitat Connectivity–Developing an indicator for UK and country level reporting. Phase 1 Pilot Study contract report to Defra.