Dr Rosalind Tratt

Department for Lifelong Learning

University Tutor: Foundation Programme

Personal Tutor, Foundation Programme

DLL tutor Ros
Profile

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

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

I worked for several years in the conservation sector, including as an ecologist at the Peak District National Park Authority and as a land management adviser for Natural England (working with land owners and land managers in the Peak District moorlands).

I am passionate about fieldwork and developing people's skills in habitat survey and field identification of plants. In addition to working part-time at DLL, I am also a consultant ecologist and occasionally work with the Field Studies Council as an associate tutor.

Research interests

I have a particular interest in terrestrial wetland habitats in Britain and I spend much of my time outside DLL engaged in research and consultancy work relating to these habitats.

The main topics of my current research and work interests are:

  • Vegetation ecology, biogeography, habitat conservation and land management.
  • Restoration of peatland habitats.
  • Plant identification in the field. Habitat survey and mapping.
Teaching activities

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

Publications
  • 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, I have contributed to numerous un-published reports for Natural England, Environment Agency and Wildlife Trusts.