Mark Huxham

Mark Huxham

Prof Mark Huxham PhD PFHEA NTF FRSE

Professor

Biography

I am professor of Teaching and Research in Environmental Biology at Edinburgh Napier University. I am fortunate to combine research into coastal ecology with teaching and the scholarship of teaching. My PhD research was on food webs in estuaries, and I still work in these fascinating places, here in Scotland and overseas (particularly in Kenya). I have spent nearly two decades working with local communities dependent on mangrove resources to understand their ecosystems better and to use this science to help restore their environments and bring community development benefits. As a committed educator I enjoy teaching ecology, environmental science, environmental ethics and scientific methods to a wide range of students and volunteers. I also research pedagogical questions arising from my own practice and from the needs of students, including new ways to assess and give feedback and how to include students in the co-creation of learning.

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Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)
  • National Teaching Fellowship
  • Bioscience Teacher of the Year
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

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The coastal conservation narrative is shifting from crisis to ecosystem services

Journal Article
Balke, T., Vovides, A. G., Ladd, C. J., & Huxham, M. (in press)
The coastal conservation narrative is shifting from crisis to ecosystem services. Marine Biology,
Conservation biology emerged as a crisis discipline in the 20th century amongst an increasing awareness of pollution and habitat loss. Since the early 2000s, societal and mone...

Capitalizing on the global financial interest in blue carbon

Journal Article
Friess, D., Howard, J., Huxham, M., Macreadie, P. I., & Ross, F. (2022)
Capitalizing on the global financial interest in blue carbon. PLOS Climate, 1(8), e0000061. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pclm.0000061
Natural climate solutions are crucial interventions to help countries and companies achieve their net-zero carbon emissions ambitions. Blue carbon ecosystems such as mangroves...

When nature needs a helping hand: different levels of human intervention for mangrove (re-)establishment

Journal Article
Zimmer, M., Ajonina, G. N., Aldrie Amir, A., Crgagg, S. M., Crooks, S., Dahdouh-Guebas, F., …Wodehouse, D. (2022)
When nature needs a helping hand: different levels of human intervention for mangrove (re-)establishment. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 5, Article 784322. https://doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2022.784322
Protecting existing mangrove forests is a priority for global conservation because of the wide range of services that these coastal forests provide to humankind. Despite the r...

Stocks and productivity of dead wood in mangrove forests: A systematic literature review

Journal Article
Mwihaki Mugi, L., Kiss, D., Gitundu Kairo, J., & Huxham, M. R. (2022)
Stocks and productivity of dead wood in mangrove forests: A systematic literature review. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 5, Article 767337. https://doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2022.767337
The functional and ecological importance of dead wood in terrestrial forests is widely recognized and researched. In contrast, much less is known about dead wood in mangrove f...

Integrating Blue: How do we make Nationally Determined Contributions work for both blue carbon and local coastal communities?

Journal Article
Dencer-Brown, A. M., Shilland, R., Friess, D., Herr, D., Benson, L., Berry, N. J., …Huxham, M. (2022)
Integrating Blue: How do we make Nationally Determined Contributions work for both blue carbon and local coastal communities?. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, 51, 1978-1993. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-022-01723-1
Blue Carbon Ecosystems (BCEs) help mitigate and adapt to climate change but their integration into policy, such as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), remains underdev...

Composition and structure of the mangrove fish and crustacean communities of Vanga Bay, Kenya

Journal Article
Wanjiru, C., Rueckert, S., & Huxham, M. (2022)
Composition and structure of the mangrove fish and crustacean communities of Vanga Bay, Kenya. Western Indian Ocean journal of marine science, 20(2), 25-44. https://doi.org/10.4314/wiojms.v20i2.3
Mangroves support coastal fisheries, particularly by providing nurseries for juvenile fish. However, much remains unknown about the fish and crustacean communities in mangrove...

From fast food to a well-balanced diet: toward a programme focused approach to feedback in higher education

Journal Article
Wilder-Davis, K., Carless, D., Huxham, M., McCune, V., McLatchie, J., Jessop, T., & Marzetti, H. (2021)
From fast food to a well-balanced diet: toward a programme focused approach to feedback in higher education. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 14(1), 3-15
Feedback may be considered ‘good’ according to many of the criteria in the literature whilst still having little or no impact on students’ learning in the longer term. Feedbac...

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: Challenges and Opportunities for the ASEAN Region

Report
Siman, K., Friess, D. A., Huxham, M., McGowan, S., Drewer, J., Koh, L. P., …Sjögersten, S. (2021)
Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: Challenges and Opportunities for the ASEAN Region. COP26 Universities Network
Nature-based climate solutions (NbS) are widely available, scalable, and cost-effective mechanisms to sequester carbon and safeguard Southeast Asia’s large carbon stocks. In a...

How does governance mediate links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation? Results from a systematic mapping and thematic synthesis of literature

Journal Article
Nunan, F., Menton, M., McDermott, C. L., Huxham, M., & Schreckenberg, K. (2021)
How does governance mediate links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation? Results from a systematic mapping and thematic synthesis of literature. World Development, 146, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105595
Many efforts to improve the sustainable management of renewable natural resources in low- and middle-income countries seek to achieve ‘win-win’ outcomes – improved ecosystem h...

The sediment carbon stocks of intertidal seagrass meadows in Scotland

Journal Article
Potouroglou, M., Whitlock, D., Milatovic, L., MacKinnon, G., Kennedy, H., Diele, K., & Huxham, M. (2021)
The sediment carbon stocks of intertidal seagrass meadows in Scotland. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 258, Article 107442. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107442
Seagrasses are highly productive ecosystems and hotspots for biodiversity, providing a plethora of benefits to the environment and to people. Their value in sequestering and s...

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