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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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. (in press)
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, 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, 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...

A question of standards: adapting carbon and other PES markets to work for community seagrass conservation

Journal Article
Shilland, R., Grimsditch, G., Ahmed, M., Bandeira, S., Kennedy, H., Potouroglou, M., & Huxham, M. (2021)
A question of standards: adapting carbon and other PES markets to work for community seagrass conservation  . Marine Policy, 129, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104574
Seagrass meadows deliver multiple ecosystem services that are of particular importance to resource-poor coastal communities, yet they are rapidly declining globally. The Payme...

Communities of practice or communicative rationality? A study of autonomous peer assisted learning

Journal Article
Jayathilake, C., & Huxham, M. (in press)
Communities of practice or communicative rationality? A study of autonomous peer assisted learning. Active learning in higher education, https://doi.org/10.1177/1469787421998123
Defined as ‘networks of learning relationships among students and significant others’, peer assisted learning takes a bewildering array of forms in higher education. A useful ...

Climate and intertidal zonation drive variability in the carbon stocks of Sri Lankan mangrove forests

Journal Article
Cooray, P. L. I. G. M., Kodikara, K. A. S., Kumara, M. P., Jayasinghe, U. I., Madarasinghe, S. K., Dahdouh-Guebas, F., …Jayatissa, L. P. (2021)
Climate and intertidal zonation drive variability in the carbon stocks of Sri Lankan mangrove forests. Geoderma, 389, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.114929
Sri Lanka is at the forefront of global mangrove conservation. It is the first country to officially protect all its remaining mangrove forests and has embarked on an ambitiou...

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