Penelope Donohue, BA, BSc, PhD

staff profile Penelope DonohueAssistant Statistician


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Penelope Donohue joined Forest Research as Assistant Statistician in IFOS-Statistics in 2015.  She took an honours degree in Business at Coventry University (2000-2003) and an honours degree in Marine Biology at Plymouth University (2006-2010).  Penelope was awarded a PhD in Biology from Glasgow University in 2015 during which she investigated the physiological response of marine calcifying biota to global climate change.  Penelope has a range of experience in business, academia and research and, most recently, the civil service.

Current role

Assistant Statistician

  • To contribute to policy development, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable forest management by providing statistical information, analysis and advice.
  • Provide statistical support to the Forestry Commission Expert Group on Timber & Trade Statistics (EGTTS).

Current programmes

Ongoing collection of data and publication of Official and National Statistics.

Other affiliations and responsibilities:

As a team we also represent the Forestry Commission on the Natural Environment Statistics Advisory Committee for the Scottish Government and represent the UK on the Eurostat Forestry Statistics and Accounts Working Group.

Main recent publications

Peer-reviewed papers

Pauly M., Kamenos N.A., Donohue P.J.C., LeDrew E. (2015) Coralline algal Mg-O bond strength as a marine pCO2 proxy. Geology. doi:10.1130/G36386.1

Donohue P.J.C. and Murphy E. (2015) Review: displacement of commercial sea fishing as a result of policy and administrative activities in the marine environment. Scottish Government Report.

Brodie J., Williamson C., Smale D., Kamenos N., Mieszkowska N., Santo R., Cunliffe M., Steinke M., Yesson, C., Anderson K., Asnaghi V., Brownlee C., Burdett H., Burrows M., Collins S., Donohue P., Harvey B., Foggo A., Noisette F., Nunes J., Ragazzola F., Raven J A., Schmidt D., Suggett D., Teichberg M., Hall-Spencer J. (2014) The future of the NE Atlantic benthic flora in a high CO2 world. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1105

Burdett H., Carruthers M., Donohue P., et al. (2014) Effects of high temperature and CO2 on intracellular DMSP in the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. Marine Biology. 161(7): 1499-1506

Burdett H., Donohue P. et al. (2013) Spatiotemporal Variability of Dimethylsulphoniopropionate on a Fringing Coral Reef: The Role of Reefal Carbonate Chemistry and Environmental Variability. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64651. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064651

Donohue P., et al. (2012) Impact of exposure to elevated pCO2 on the physiology and behaviour of an important ecosystem engineer, the burrowing shrimp Upogebia deltaura. Aquatic Biology. 15: 73-86


Kafas, A., Donohue, P. et al. (2017) Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning:  Chapter 10. Displacement of existing activities.  Routledge (Earthscan Oceans Series)

FC and FR publications

Forestry Commission publications that I have contributed to can be found at


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