Staff profile

Dr Briony Norton

Lecturer in Landscape Ecology

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College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment

Research centre

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Landscape Ecology, with expertise in urban environments.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach on modules across Biology, Geography and Zoology, at foundation, undergraduate and masters level including: ‘Conservation Biology in Principle and Practice’, ‘Habitat Management’, ‘Research Methods and Data Handling’ and ‘Sustainable Cities’.

Research interests

My research focuses on the impacts of land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem service provision. I work particularly in cities and towns and am interested in how we can plan and manage urban areas that support biodiversity while considering the needs and preferences of people. I work across scales, seeking to understand how the form of urban areas influences the structure of plant and animal communities and testing the effectiveness of site-level interventions for biodiversity. This requires collaboration with people from a range of disciplines, and I regularly work in multidisciplinary teams alongside engineers, architects, social scientists, and psychologists, as well as with land managers.

My current research is focused on the city of Derby as a study system and involves academic colleagues and external collaborators to examine habitat connectivity and community engagement with the natural environment.

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Recent publications

Grafius DR, Edmondson JL, Norton BA, Clark R, Mears M, Leake JR, Corstanje R, Harris JA, Warren PH (2020). Estimating food production in an urban landscape. Scientific Reports 10: 1-9.

Dromgold JR, Threlfall CG, Norton BA, Williams NSG (2020) Green roof and ground-level invertebrate communities are similar and are driven by building height and landscape context. Journal of Urban Ecology 6: juz024.

Norton BA, Bending GD, Clark R, Corstanje R, Dunnett N, Evans KL, Grafius DR, Gravestock E, Grice SM, Harris JA, Hilton S, Hoyle H, Lim E, Mercer TG, Pawlett M, Pescott OL, Richards JP, Southon GE, Warren PH (2019) Urban meadows as an alternative to short mown grassland: effects of composition and height on biodiversity. Ecological Applications 29: e01946.

Grafius DR, Corstanje R, Warren PH, Evans KL, Norton BA, Siriwardena GM, Pescott OL, Plummer KE, Mears M, Zawadzka J, Richards JP and Harris JA (2019) Using GIS-linked Bayesian Belief Networks as a Tool for Modelling Urban Biodiversity. Landscape and Urban Planning 189: 382–395.

Hoyle H.E., Norton BA, Dunnett N, Richards JP, Russell JM, Warren PH (2018). Plant species or flower colour diversity? Identifying the drivers of public and invertebrate response to designed urban meadows. Landscape and Urban Planning 180: 103–113.

Norton BA, Evans KL, Warren PH (2016). Urban biodiversity and landscape ecology: patterns, processes and planning. Current Landscape Ecology Reports 1: 178–192.

For a full list of publications, see ResearchGate.