Dr Rosalind Tratt

Department for Lifelong Learning

University Tutor: Foundation Programme

Personal Tutor, Foundation Programme


Ros Tratt studied Pure and Applied Ecology (BSc) at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 1991. After that she went on to do a PhD in Wetland Ecology, (University of Sheffield, 1997).

Since then, Ros has worked as an ecologist, building up many years' experience of habitat survey, specialising in investigating and researching the vegetation ecology of wetlands in Britain.

She has also spent several years working in the conservation sector, as an ecologist at the Peak District National Park Authority and as a land management adviser for Natural England (working with land owners in the Peak District moorlands).

Ros is passionate about fieldwork and building people's skills in habitat survey and field identification of plants. In addition to working part-time at DLL, Ros is an associate tutor with the Field Studies Council and a consultant ecologist.

Research interests

Ros has a particular interest in terrestrial wetland habitats in Britain and spends much of her time outside DLL engaged in research and consultancy work relating to these habitats.

The main topics of Ros's current research and work interests are:

  • Vegetation ecology, biogeography, habitat conservation and land management.
  • Palaeo-ecology (development of post-glacial peat deposits).
  • Plant identification in the field. Habitat survey and mapping.
Teaching activities

Ros teaches on a variety of DLL Foundation Programme modules including Introduction to Natural Sciences, Foundations of Biology and Foundations of Geography.

  • O'Reilly, J. O'Reilly, C. & Tratt, R. (2012). Field guide to Sphagnum mosses in bogs. Field Studies Council Publications, Telford.
  • Rodrigues, A.S.L. Tratt, R. Wheeler, B.D. Gaston, K.J. (1999). The performance of existing networks of conservation areas in representing biodiversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 266: 1453-1460
  • In addition to these publications, Ros has contributed to numerous un-published reports for Natural England.