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Dr Lynn Besenyei

Dr Lynn Besenyei

Senior Lecturer in Ecology

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 322160
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Institute School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science
  • Areas of expertise

    Grassland Habitat Creation
    Habitat management
    Wildlife Conservation

Lynn gained a joint honours degree in botany/zoology from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, a PhD in grassland habitat creation from the University of Wolverhampton and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education also from Wolverhampton.

Lynn had a variety of technical positions, fieldwork management and ecological consultancy experience before joining the academic staff in 2001 as an ecology lecturer and becoming a senior lecturer in 2005.

She spent a six months sabbatical with a Midlands ecological consultancy company (2008) and has undertaken a range of ecological consultancy work for Midlands based clients.

Two KEEN affiliateships on fen meadow and wetland habitat creation with a W.Midlands based SME (2013-15)

The creation and management of species-rich natural habitats, particularly grasslands
Phytoremediation of oil spills
Natural colonisation of post-industrial sites
Wildlife Conservation

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

BSc Joint Honours Botany/Zoology

PhD in Habitat Creation

PGDip Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

Oyedije, A.A.., Kayode, J., Besenyei, L. & Fullen, M.A. (2015). Germination of Seeds of Selected Leguminous Tree Species Seeds Moistened with Varying Concentrations of Crude Oil-Contaminated Soil Water Extracts. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 6, 1575-1580.

Markowicz, A., Borymski, S., Piotrowska-Seget, Z. Chmura, D., Besenyei, L. & Woźniak, G. (2015). The relationship between successional development of vegetation on coal mine spoil heaps and associated microbial community composition. Community Ecology, 16(1), 23-32.

Szulc, K., Besenyei, L., Szulc, B. & Rakowska, B. (2014). Diatomological aspects of the Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses complex (Shropshire, UK). Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, 43(3), 274-282.

Piekarska-Stachowiak, A., Szary, M., Ziemer, B., Besenyei, L. & Woźniak, G.(2014). An application of the plant functional group concept to restoration practice on coal mine spoil heaps. Ecological Research, 29, 843-853.

Besenyei, L., Calow, J., Saari, S. and Wallis, F. (2012). Clwyd Lowland Grassland SSSIs: Site Survey and Protocol for Invasive Plant Species. CCW Regional Research Report No: CCW/NW/12/01, 127pp. A report to the Countryside Council for Wales, Bangor.

Young, C, Besenyei, L., Hooper, I. & Moreton-Jones, K. (2011). Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Services. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK Chapter), University of Wolverhampton 6-8 September 2011.

Trueman, I., Mitchell, D.J. & Besenyei, L. (2007).
The effects of turf translocation and other environmental variables on the vegetation of a large species-rich mesotrophic grassland. Ecological Engineering, 31(2), 79-91.

Besenyei, L., Watkin, D.G. & Oliver, K.O. (2004). An evaluation of the educational effectiveness of fieldwork within environmental awards. In: Gale, H. (Ed.) Innovation and research projects in Learning & Teaching 2003/2004. Centre for Learning & Teaching, University of Wolverhampton.

Besenyei, L., Trueman, I.C., Atkinson, M.D., Jones, G.H. & Millett, P. (2002).
Retaining diversity in hay meadows by traditional management. In: Multifunctional Grasslands: Quality Forage, Animal Products and Landscapes, pp762-763. European Grassland Federation 19th General Meeting, La Rochelle.

Besenyei, L., Trueman, I.C., Atkinson, M.D., Jones, G.H. & Millett, P. (2001). Creating Species-Rich Grasslands Using Traditional Hay Cutting and Removal Techniques. Ecological Restoration: 19 (2), 114-115.

McCrea, A.R., Trueman, I.C., Fullen, M.A., Atkinson, M.D., & Besenyei, L (2001)
Relationships between Soil Characteristics and Species-richness in two botanically heterogeneous created meadows in the urban West Midlands. Biological Conservation: 97(2), 171-180.

Atkinson, M.D., Trueman, I.C., Millett, P., Jones G.H., and Besenyei, L. (1995)
The use of hay strewing to create species-rich grasslands (ii) Monitoring the vegetation and the seed bank. Land Contamination and Reclamation 3(2) 108-110.

Ecological consultancy experience.

6 month sabatical with ecological consultancy company.