Dr Melanie Smith


Assistant Principal, Academic and Research, UHI Inverness


+44 (0) 1463 273080

Professor Melanie Smith has an academic career of over 20 years, delivering research and teaching in ecology and conservation, with specialism in palaeoecology, and as a senior manager in tertiary education.  Her research in the Highlands stems back to the early 1990’s when she first visited Beinn Eighe to investigate dwarf juniper, and then undertook her Ph.D. in the Holocene vegetation history of northern Scotland, linked to archaeological excavations near Lairg. Her first appointment was as Lecturer in Landscape Ecology at the School of Agriculture and Horticulture De Montfort University in 1994, developing tertiary curriculum in FE and HE, and then as Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at the University of Greenwich. She joined Inverness College UHI in 2003, firmly committed to the model of tertiary education that the then UHI Millennium Institute was established to realise. At Inverness College UHI, she has led curriculum and research development in forestry, science and fisheries, and from 2007, headed up research and postgraduate development as part of the senior team in the college, and together with colleagues across the UHI partnership. Most recently she was appointed Assistant Principal Academic and Research.

Professor Smith is available to speak to the media about:

  • Long term ecology;
  • Holocene vegetation history and human impact / climate change;
  • Sustainable forestry;
  • Wood energy;
  • Wild salmon and sea trout fisheries restoration and management;
  • Juniper ecology, history and management;
  • Research development and management.

Find out more about Professor Melanie Smith including her research output