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Dr Christopher Young

Dr Christopher Young

Senior Lecturer

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 322158
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Institute School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science
  • Areas of expertise

    Conservation biology, landscape ecology, animal movement, and the application of geographical information systems and fieldwork methods. Whilst having a wide-ranging knowledge across all animal groups Chris has a particular expertise in butterflies.


Chris joined the University as a PhD student in 1996, progressed first to a postdoctoral position in late 1999 and then to a full-time lecturer in 2001. Since then he has moved on to the position of Senior Lecturer where he is now course leader for the BSc in Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation. Prior to a career in academia Chris developed his skills as a field ecologist whilst working for organizations such as MAFF, ADAS and the Wildlife Trusts partnership in a range of locations across England and Wales. 


Chris’s main teaching responsibilities lie in delivering topics including wildlife conservation, conservation biology, landscape ecology, applied animal behaviour, geographical information systems and fieldwork at all levels. As part of the fieldwork remit, he also leads the annual first year field trip to Penrith and has led or co-led field trips to Poland/Slovakia, South Africa, India, USA, Azores and a range of other European destinations.


In addition to his teaching, Chris has developed his research interests through engagement with both technical and subject-related activities. This has included collaborations with the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and colleagues across the University in other subject areas. He has successfully supervised three PhDs to completion and is currently supervising one PhD.

(a) Butterfly ecology and butterfly use of landscape. Specifically how butterflies use the urban landscape and the links within residential gardens.

(b) The role of small urban greenspaces (including gardens) in conservation – their landscape ecology, conservation value and use by wildlife.

(c) Movement patterns of wild and captive animals.

(d)Pedagogic research evaluating the effectiveness of fieldwork in the curriculum.

(e) Conservation ecology of the Dorcas gazelle in Libya (PhD student).

Secretary - International Association for Landscape Ecology UK.

Journal editor - Landscape Ecology

Member - British Ecological Society    

Member - Higher Education Academy                    

Algadafi, W., Young, C.H., Besenyei, L., Tobin, C.M. & Ifhima, J. (2017) Status of the Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas) in the area south of Green Mountain, Libya in 2007: challenges and opportunities for the future. Animal Research International, 14 (1), pp. 2676 – 2682.

Young, C.H. (2013) The Garden Habitat in Trueman, I. and Poulton, M. (eds.) The Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country. Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. pp.116-117.

Trueman, I.  and Young, C. (2012) Ecological Value of Urban Environments in Booth, C., Hammond, F., Lammond J. and Proverbs, D. (eds.) Solutions for Climate Change Challenges of the Built Environment.  Blackwell: Oxford. pp.99-112.

Young, C, Besenyei, L., Hooper, I. and Moreton-Jones, K. (eds) (2011) Landscape ecology and ecosystem services. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of ialeUK. Published by ialeUK. (ISBN: 0-9547130-7-9)

Obara, P.G., Obara, C.E., Roberts, C.L., Young, C.H. and Williams, C.D. (2011) Influence of vehicular traffic on a major trunk road on rural air quality in UK Microchemical Journal , 99(2), pp.344-351(IF2.579) 10.1016/j.microc.2011.06.001

Obara, P.G., Roberts, C.L., Young, C.H. and Williams, C.D. (2011) Validating the correlation of traffic-associated hydrocarbon and nitrogen dioxide with distance from a trunk road within a rural environment in UK. Microchemical Journal, 99(1), pp.138-144. doi: 10.1016/j.microc.2011.04.014 (IF2.579)

Wheeler, A., Young, C., Oliver, K. and Smith, J. (2011) Playing the field: study skills in Geography and Environmental Science. Planet, 24, pp.14-20. DOI: 10.11120/plan.2011.00240014

Williams, D., Young, C., Hooper, I. & Jarvis, P. (2009) Urban small sites – landscape ecology and contribution to urban green space. In Catchpole, R., Smithers, R., Baarda, P. and Eycott, A. (eds) Ecological Networks: Science and Practice, pp. 197-200. Edinburgh: IALE(UK).

Young, C., Jarvis, P., Hooper, I. & Trueman, I. (2008) Urban Landscape Ecology and Its Evaluation: a Review. In Dupont, A. and Jacobs, H. (eds) Landscape Ecology Research Trends, pp. 45-69. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.; New York.

Young, C.H. (2008) Butterfly Activity in a Residential Garden. Urban Habitats, 5(1), pp.84-102. Available at:

Young, C.H. (2005) Garden structure and small-scale corridors: routeways for butterflies. In  McCollin, D. and Jackson, J.I. (eds.) Landscape ecology: planning, people and practice. The landscape ecology of sustainable landscapes, pp.115-122. Northampton: IALE(UK).

Jarvis, P.J. & Young, C.H. (2005) The mapping of urban habitat and its evaluation. Discussion paper - UK Urban Man and Biosphere Programme.

Young, C.H. & Jarvis, P.J. (2003) A multicriteria approach to evaluating habitat change in urban areas: an example from the Black Country (UK).  In Brandt, J. and Vejre, H. (eds.) Multifunctional Landscapes. Volume 2: Monitoring, diversity and management, pp.59-74. Ashurst: WIT Press.

Young, C.H. & Jarvis, P.J. (2001) Assessing the structural heterogeneity of urban areas: an example from the Black Country (UK). Urban Ecosystems, 5, pp. 49-69. (published 2003).

Young, C.H. & Jarvis, P.J. (2001) A simple method for predicting the consequences of land-management in urban habitats. Environmental Management, 28(3), pp.375-387.

Young, C.H. & Jarvis, P.J. (2001) Measuring urban habitat fragmentation: an example from the Black Country.  Landscape Ecology, 16(7), 643-658.