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Biography

Ross joined BU in 2007 having spent 10 years at the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in the Earth Observation team. Before CEH, he completed a PhD at the University of Wales, Swansea. He also has a 1st class BA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Oxford. Ross is a fellow of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Ross’ research focuses on applying remote sensed data to model forest structure and species composition, so he can identify the factors determining habitat quality and measure how they change over time. "I am currently investigating forest dynamics in the Peruvian Amazon where using technology like laser scanners, I can understand and explain how birds and mammals are using the forest as their habitat. This is important in a changing world," Ross explains.

Ross delivers teaching on geoinformatics within the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences (including geo-spatial science, the use of GIS, and environmental remote sensing)...

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Research

For details on my research and getting involved in see: http://go-leap.wix.com/home. We offer MRes course (Masters by Research) in Primatology and biodiversity conservation as part of LEAP. Placement and project opportunities are also available.

See: http://go-leap.wix.com/home#!get-involved/eqrp6

Please contact me if you are interested.

My research interests are in environmental applications of remote sensing. I work with satellite and airborne remotely sensed data (hyper-spectral and LiDAR), investigating their integration and their incorporation with diverse field datasets. This enables me to investigate habitats and ecological relationships; working at different spatial scales from local to national focus. I have studied agricultural, upland and inter-tidal ecosystems, but my main interest is in forests; particularly temperate deciduous forest and tropical rain forest. I am interested in quantifying organism-habitat relationships and developing indicators of biodiversity from remotely sensed and environmental data. My focus is in using remote sensed data to model forest structure, species composition, and turnover (i.e. regeneration, disturbance), in order to assess woodland condition, identify the factors determining habitat quality (especially for woodland birds and mammals) and evaluate how they change over time.

Current projects include:

Assessment of forest structure and disturbance history on primate population density and habitat use in Sumatran rain forest.

Landscape-scale assessment of woodland bird habitat: predicting the consequences of landscape and environmental change on population sizes and biodiversity.

Assessment of gap-size frequency across Amazonia: contextualising the RAINFOR network of permanent sample plots using remote sensing data

Journal Articles

  • Alexander, C., Nowak, M., Korstjens, A.H., Usher, G., Fredriksson, G. and Hill, R.A., 2017. LiDAR patch metrics for object-based clustering of forest types in a tropical rainforest. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
  • Alexander, C., Korstjens, A.H. and Hill, R., 2017. Influence of micro-topography and crown characteristics on tree height estimations in tropical forests based on LiDAR canopy height models. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 65, 105-113.
  • Alexander, C., Korstjens, A.H. and Hill, R.A., 2017. Structural attributes of individual trees for identifying homogeneous patches in a tropical rainforest. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 55, 68-72.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A. and Ferns, P.N., 2016. Recent Shift in Climate Relationship Enables Prediction of the Timing of Bird Breeding. PLOS ONE, 11 (5).
  • Sumnall, M.J., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2016. Comparison of small-footprint discrete return and full waveform airborne lidar data for estimating multiple forest variables. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 173, 214-223.
  • Broughton, R.K., Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2015. Winter social organisation of Marsh Tits Poecile palustris in Britain. ACTA ORNITHOLOGICA, 50 (1), 11-21.
  • Hill, R. and Hinsley, S.A., 2015. Airborne lidar for woodland habitat quality monitoring: exploring the significance of lidar data characteristics when modelling organism-habitat relationships. Remote Sensing, 7 (4), 3446-3466.
  • Broughton, R.K., Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2014. Winter habitat selection by Marsh Tits Poecile palustris in a British woodland. Bird Study, 61 (3), 404-412.
  • Friess, D.A., Möller, I., Spencer, T., Smith, G.M., Thomson, A.G. and Hill, R.A., 2014. Coastal saltmarsh managed realignment drives rapid breach inlet and external creek evolution, Freiston Shore (UK). Geomorphology, 208, 22-33.
  • Boyd, D.S., Hill, R., Hopskinson, C. and Baker, T.R., 2013. Landscape-scale forest disturbance regimes in southern Peruvian Amazonia. Ecological Applications, 23, 1588-1602.
  • Redhead, J.W., Pywell, R.F., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2013. Great tits Parus major and blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus as indicators of agri-environmental habitat quality. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 178, 31-38.
  • Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2013. Relationships between patterns of habitat cover and the historical distribution of the Marsh Tit, Willow Tit and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Britain. Ecological Informatics, 14, 25-30.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A., 2013. Airborne spectral imagery for archaeological prospection in grassland environments - An evaluation of performance. Antiquity, 87 (335), 220-236.
  • Taylor, S.L., Hill, R.A. and Edwards, C., 2013. Characterising invasive non-native Rhododendron ponticum spectra signatures with spectroradiometry in the laboratory and field: Potential for remote mapping. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 81, 70-81.
  • Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Freeman, S.N., Bellamy, P.E. and Hinsley, S.A., 2012. Describing habitat occupation by woodland birds with territory mapping and remotely sensed data: An example using the Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris). Condor, 114 (4), 812-822.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2012. The application of vegetation indices for the prospection of archaeological features in grass-dominated environments. Archaeological Prospection, 19 (3), 209-218.
  • Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Henderson, L.J., Bellamy, P.E. and Hinsley, S.A., 2012. Patterns of nest placement in a population of Marsh Tits Poecile palustris. Journal of Ornithology, 153 (3), 735-746.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2012. A comparison of visualisation techniques for models created from airborne laser scanned data. Archaeological Prospection, 19, 41-48.
  • Boyd, D.S., Almond, S.F., Dash, J., Curran, P., Hill, R.A. and Foody, G.M., 2012. Evaluation of Envisat MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index-based models for the estimation of terrestrial Gross Primary Productivity. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 9, 457-461.
  • Los, S.O., Hill, R.A. et al., 2012. Vegetation height products between 60° S and 60° N from ICESat GLAS data. Geoscientific Model Development, 5, 413-432.
  • Boyd, D.S., Almond, S.F., Dash, J., Curran, P. and Hill, R.A., 2011. Phenology of vegetation in Southern England from Envisat MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI) data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32, 8421-8447.
  • Cantarello, E., Newton, A., Hill, R.A., Tejedor, N., Williams-Linera, G., Lopez-Barrera, F., Manson, R.H. and Golicher, D., 2011. Simulating the potential for ecological restoration of dryland forests in Mexico under different disturbance regimes. Ecological Modelling, 222, 1112-1128.
  • Cantarello, E., Newton, A. and Hill, R.A., 2011. Potential effects of future land-use change on regional carbon stocks in the UK. Environmental Science & Policy, 14, 40-52.
  • Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E. and Hinsley, S.A., 2011. Nest sites, breeding failure, and causes of non-breeding in a population of British Marsh Tits Poecile palustris. Bird Study, 58, 229-237.
  • Hill, J.L. and Hill, R.A., 2011. Ecotourism in Amazonian Peru: uniting tourism, conservation and community development. Geography, 96 (2), 75-85.
  • Hill, R.A., Boyd, D.S. and Hopkinson, C., 2011. Relationship between canopy height and Landsat ETM+ response in lowland Amazonian rainforest. Remote Sensing Letters, 2, 203-212.
  • Hill, R.A. and Suarez, J., 2010. SilviLaser: applications of laser systems for forest assessment and inventory. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31, 1129-1132.
  • Hill, R.A., Wilson, A.K., George, M. and Hinsley, S.A., 2010. Mapping tree species in temperate deciduous woodland using time-series multi-spectral data. Applied Vegetation Science, 13, 86-99.
  • Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E. and Hinsley, S.A., 2010. Dispersal, ranging and settling of Marsh Tits Poecile palustris in a fragmented landscape in lowland England. Bird Study, 57, 458-472.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Redhead, J.W., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Heard, M.S. and Pywell, R.F., 2010. Testing agri-environment delivery for farmland birds at the farm scale: the Hillesden Experiment. Ibis, 152, 500-514.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Harrison, N.M., MacKenzie, J.A., Speakman, J.R. and Ferns, P.N., 2009. Do Highly Modified Landscapes Favour Generalists at the Expense of Specialists? The Example of Woodland Birds. Landscape Research, 34, 509-526.
  • Meek, W.R., Burman, P.J., Nowakowski, M., Sparks, T., Hill, R.A., Swetnam, R.D. and Burman, N.J., 2009. Habitat does not influence breeding performance in a long-term Barn Owl Tyto alba study. Bird Study, 56, 369-380.
  • Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A., Rothery, P., Hinsley, S.A., Fuller, R.J. and Broughton, R.K., 2009. Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus habitat in woods with different structure and management in southern England. Bird Study, 56, 338-348.
  • Newton, A., Hill, R.A., Echeverria, C., Golicher, D., Rey Benayas, J.M., Cayuela, L. and Hinsley, S.A., 2009. Remote sensing and the future of landscape ecology. Progress in Physical Geography, 33, 528-546.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Fuller, R.J., Bellamy, P.E. and Rothery, P., 2009. Bird Species Distributions Across Woodland Canopy Structure Gradients. Community Ecology, 10, 99-110.
  • Hill, R.A. and Broughton, R.K., 2009. Mapping understorey of deciduous woodland from leaf-on and leaf-off airborne LiDAR data: a case study of lowland Britain. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 64, 223-233.
  • Patenaude, G.L., Milne, R., Van Oijen, M., Rowland, C.S. and Hill, R.A., 2008. Integrating Remote Sensing Datasets into Ecological Modelling: A Bayesian Approach. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29, 1295-1315.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E., Harrison, N.M., Speakman, J.R., Wilson, A.K. and Ferns, P.N., 2008. Effects of Structural and Functional Habitat Gaps on Woodland Birds: Working Harder for Less. Landscape Ecology, 23, 615-626.
  • Hill, J.L., Woodland, W. and Hill, R.A., 2007. Rainforest Diversity and Ecotourism. Geography Review, 20, 16-20.
  • Smith, G.M., Thomson, A.G., Wilson, A.K., Hill, R.A. and Purcell, P.W., 2007. Airborne Remote Sensing for Monitoring the Impact of Coastal Zone Management. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28, 1433-1435.
  • Fuller, R.M., Devereux, B.J., Gillings, S., Hill, R.A. and Amable, G.S., 2007. Bird Distributions Relative to Remotely Sensed Habitats in Great Britain: Towards a Potential Framework for National Modelling? Journal of Environmental Management, 84, 586-605.
  • Hill, R.A., Granica, K., Smith, G.M. and Schardt, M., 2007. Representation of an Alpine Treeline Ecotone in SPOT HRG Data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 110, 458-467.
  • Broughton, R.K., Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A. and Rothery, P., 2006. Marsh Tit Poecile Palustris Territories in a British Broad-Leaved Wood. Ibis, 148, 744-752.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E. and Balzter, H., 2006. The Application of LiDAR in Woodland Bird Ecology: Climate, Canopy Structure and Habitat Quality. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 72, 1399-1406.
  • Bradbury, R.B., Hill, R.A., Mason, D.C., Hinsley, S.A., Wilson, J.D., Balzter, H., Anderson, G.Q.A., Whittingham, M.J., Davenport, I.J. and Bellamy, P.E., 2005. Modelling Relationships Between Birds and Vegetation Structure Using Airborne LiDAR Data: A Review With Case Studies From Agricultural and Woodland Environments. Ibis, 147, 443-452.
  • Fuller, R.M., Devereux, B.J., Gillings, S., Amable, G.S. and Hill, R.A., 2005. Indices of Bird-Habitat Preference from Field Surveys of Birds and Remote Sensing of Land Cover: A Study of South-Eastern England with Wider Implications for Conservation and Biodiversity Assessment. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 14, 223-239.
  • Fuller, R.M., Cox, R., Clarke, R.T., Rothery, P., Hill, R.A., Smith, G.M., Thomson, A.G., Brown, N.J., Howard, D.C. and Stott, A., 2005. The UK Land Cover Map 2000: Planning, Construction and Calibration of a User-Oriented Map of Broad Habitats from Remotely Sensed Satellite Images. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 7, 202-216.
  • Hill, R.A. and Thomson, A.G., 2005. Mapping Woodland Species Composition and Structure Using Airborne Spectral and LiDAR Data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26, 3763-3779.
  • Hill, R.A. and Smith, G.M., 2005. Land Cover Heterogeneity in Great Britain as Identified in Land Cover Map 2000. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26, 5467-5473.
  • Patenaude, G.L., Hill, R.A., Milne, R., Gaveau, D.L.A., Briggs, B.B.J. and Dawson, T.P., 2004. Quantifying Forest Above Ground Carbon Content Using LiDAR Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 93, 368-380.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A., Gaveau, D.L.A. and Bellamy, P.E., 2004. Predicting Habitat Quality for Great Tits (Parus major) with Airborne Laser Scanning Data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25, 4851-4855.
  • Hill, R.A., Thomson, A.G. and Smith, G.M., 2004. Mapping and Modelling the Coastal Zone with Integrated Airborne Remote-Sensed Data. Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association Bulletin.
  • Gaveau, D.L.A. and Hill, R.A., 2003. Quantifying Canopy Height Underestimation by Laser Pulse Penetration in Small-Footprint Airborne Laser Scanning Data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 29, 650-657.
  • Fuller, R.M., Smith, G.M., Sanderson, J.M., Hill, R.A. and Thomson, A.G., 2002. The UK Land Cover Map 2000: Construction of a Parcel-Based Vector Map from Satellite Images. Cartographic Journal, 39, 15-25.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Gaveau, D.L.A. and Bellamy, P.E., 2002. Quantifying Woodland Structure and Habitat Quality for Birds Using Airborne Laser Scanning. Functional Ecology, 16, 851-857.
  • Hill, R.A., Smith, G.M., Fuller, R.M. and Veitch, N., 2002. Landscape Modelling Using Integrated Airborne Multi-Spectral and Laser Scanning Data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23, 2327-2334.
  • Hill, R.A. and Veitch, N., 2002. Landscape Visualization: Rendering a Virtual Reality Simulation from Airborne Laser Altimetry and Multi-Spectral Scanning Data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23, 3307-3309.
  • Hill, J.L. and Hill, R.A., 2001. Why are Tropical Rain Forests So Species Rich? Classifying, Reviewing and Evaluating Theories. Progress in Physical Geography, 25, 326-354.
  • Hill, R.A., 2000. Airborne Imagery: What Can This Contribute to Countryside Survey? Countryside Survey 2000 News, 5, 2.
  • Hill, R.A., 1999. Image segmentation for humid tropical forest classification in Landsat TM data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 20, 1039-1044.
  • Foody, G.M. and Hill, R.A., 1996. Classification of tropical forest classes from Landsat TM data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 17, 2353-2367.
  • Hill, R.A. and Foody, G.M., 1994. Separability of tropical rain-forest types in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, Peru. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 15, 2687-2693.

Books

  • Hill, R.A. and Baines, N., 2011. Proceedings of RSPSoc Annual Conference 2011. Bournemouth: Bournemouth University.
  • Proceedings of RSPSoc Annual Conference, Bournemouth, UK, September 2011. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.
  • Hill, R.A., Rosette, J. and Suarez, J., 2008. Proceedings of SilviLaser 2008: 8th International Conference on LiDAR Applications in Forest Assessment and Inventory. Edinburgh, Scotland: SilviLaser.

Chapters

  • Bramer, I., Korstjens, A., Hill, R., Slater, H.D., Marsh, C.M. and Gillingham, P., 2018. Advances in monitoring and modelling climate at ecologically relevant scales. Academic Press.
  • Hill, J., Hill, R. and de Sausmarez, N., 2014. Enabling ecotourism: Principles, challenges and achievements from Tambopata, Peru. Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management: Challenges for Sustainable Development. 146-162.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R. and Ford, A., 2013. Using lidar as part of a multi-sensor approach to archaeological survey and interpretation. In: Opitz, R.S. and Cowley, D.C., eds. Interpreting Archaeological Topography. Oxbow Books.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2011. Making the most of airborne remote sensing techniques for archaeological survey and interpretation. In: Cowley, D.C., ed. Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage Management.. Brussels, Belgium: Europae Archaeologia Consilium, 99-106.
  • Newton, A., Newton, A., Cantarello, E., Golicher, D., Hill, R.A. et al., 2010. Landscape-scale dynamics and restoration of dryland forest ecosystems. In: Newton, A. and Tejedor, N., eds. Principles and practice of forest landscape restoration: case studies from the drylands of Latin America. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature, 229-272.
  • Hill, R.A. and Gaveau, D.L.A., 2002. Characterising Forest Structure by Airborne Laser Scanning. In: Mitchell, A.W., Secoy, T. and Jackson, T., eds. Global Canopy Handbook: Techniques of Access and Study in the Forest Roof. Oxford: Global Canopy Programme.

Conferences

  • Broughton, R.K., Maziarz, M., Hill, R.A., Melin, M. and Hinsley, S.A., 2017. Social and habitat associations of sympatric Coal Tits Periparus ater and Marsh Tits Poecile palustris in native broadleaved forest. In: European Ornithologists' Union conference 2017 18-22 August 2017 Turku, Finland.
  • Bellamy, P.E., Hinsley, S.A., Broughton, R.K. and Hill, R., 2017. 25 years of landscape ecology and woodland birds. In: IALE-UK Conference 27-29 June 2017 Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Hankinson, E., Korstjens, A.H., Hill, R.A., Marsh, C., Wich, S. and Nowak, M., 2017. Spatial Distribution and abundance of two Hylobatidae species (gibbon & siamang) in relation to canopy structure and disturbance in a Sumatran lowland dipterocarp forest. In: PSGB Winter Meeting 2016 10-12 January 2017 Durham University.
  • Marsh, C., Korstjens, A.H., Alexander, C., Nowak, M., Wich, S. and Hill, R., 2017. Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) habitat use of a historically selectively logged forest in relation to the synergistic relationship between canopy structure and microclimate. In: PSGB Winter Meeting 2016 10-12 January 2017 Durham University.
  • Alexander, C., Korstjens, A.H. and Hill, R.A., 2016. Structural attributes of single trees for identifying homogeneous patches in a tropical rainforest. In: RSPSoc Annual Conference 5-8 September 2016 Nottingham.
  • Hankinson, E., Korstjens, A.H., Hill, R., Wich, S.A. and Nowak, M., 2016. Spatial Distribution and abundance of two Hylobatidae species in relation to canopy structure and disturbance in a Sumatran lowland dipterocarp forest. In: Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists 21-27 August 2016 Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Korstjens, A.H., Hill, R., Wich, S.A. and Nowak, M., 2016. LEAP: Landscape Ecology and Primatology – An Inter-Disciplinary Research Project. In: Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists 21-27 August 2016 , Chicago, Illinois, USA..
  • Marsh, C., Korstjens, A.H., Wich, S.A., Nowak, M., Alexander, C. and Hill, R., 2016. The effect of 3-dimensional habitats and microclimate changes due to forest degradation on the ranging habits and activities of Sumatran orang-utans (Pongo abelii). In: Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists, 21-27 August 2016 Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Abernethy, J., Nowak, M., Korstjens, A.H., Hill, R.A., Consiglio, R.A., Slater, H.D. and Wich, S.A., 2016. Influence of forest structure on Sumatran orangutan ecology in a recovering lowland dipterocarp forest. In: CONSERVATION ASIA 2016 29 June-2 July 2016 National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Slater, H.D., Consiglio, R.A., Nowak, M., Hill, R.A. and Korstjens, A., 2015. Logging, Forest Structure and Primate Group Densities in North Sumatra, Indonesia. In: PSGB Winter Conference 2015 2 December 2015 Zoological Society of London, London.
  • Korstjens, A.H., Brett, J.C., Rix, M., Wich, S.A. and Hill, R., 2015. LEAP: Landscape Ecology and Primatology – an inter-disciplinary research programme. In: Primate Society of Great Britain Spring Meeting 9-10 April 2015 University of Roehampton, UK..
  • Slater, H., Consiglio, R., Korstjens, A.H. and Hill, R., 2014. The importance of forest structure on primate distributions in Sikundur, Sumatra, Indonesia. In: Primate Society of Great Britain Winter Meeting 15-16 December 2014 University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Hill, R., Sumnall, M.J. and Hinsley, S.A., 2014. Assessing forest condition from airborne remotely sensed data. In: ForestSAT 2014: Operational Tools in Forestry Using Remote Sensing Techniques 4-7 November 2014 Riva del Garda, Italy.
  • Sumnall, M.J., Hill, R. and Hinsley, S.A., 2013. Forest condition assessment using integrated airborne hyperspectral and LiDAR data. In: RSPSoc Annual Conference 4-6 September 2013 Glasgow.
  • Sumnall, M.J., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2012. The estimation of forest inventory parameters from small-footprint waveform and discrete return airborne LiDAR data. In: Silvilaser 2012 17-19 September 2012 Vancouver.
  • Boyd, D., Hill, R.A., Hopkinson, C. and Baker, T.R., 2012. From the plot to the landscape: characterizing forest structure and gap-size frequency in Peruvian Amazonia using LiDAR data. In: ForestSAT 2012 12-14 September 2012 Corvallis, USA.
  • Sumnall, M.J., Hill, R. and Hinsley, S.A., 2012. The assessment of woodland condition in the New Forest using airborne remote sensing. In: RSPSoc Annual Conference 10-12 September 2012 Greenwich, UK.
  • Taylor, S.L., Pollock, J., Haffenden, A., Hill, R.A. and Edwards, C., 2011. Using remote sensing to map rhododendron: results from field and lab trials. In: RSPSoc 2011: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 13-15 September 2011 Bournemouth, England.
  • Sumnall, M.J., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2011. The assessment of habitat condition in the New Forest, UK, using fieldwork and airborne remote sensing techniques. In: RSPSoc 2011: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 13-15 September 2011 Bournemouth, England.
  • Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Freeman, S.N. and Hinsley, S.A., 2011. The integration of airborne remote sensing data and field-based territory mapping applied to the understanding of habitat selection by woodland birds. In: RSPSoc 2011: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 13-15 September 2011 Bournemouth, England.
  • Boyd, D.S., Hill, R.A., Baker, T.R. and Hopkinson, C., 2011. Gap size frequency distributions for Peruvian Amazonian rainforests determined by airborne laser scanning: implications for biodiversity and carbon accounting. In: RSPSoc 2011: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 13-15 September 2011 Bournemouth, England.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2011. Pushing the sensors: how multi-sensor airborne survey can aid archaeological interpretation in non-arable landscapes. In: RSPSoc 2011: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 13-15 September 2011 Bournemouth, England.
  • Boyd, D., Anuar, M., Foody, G.M., Hill, R. and Hopkinson, C., 2010. Increasing the accuracy of tree height estimation in a tropical forest from Landsat ETM+ data through using super-resolution analysis. In: ForestSAT 2010: Operational Tools in Forestry Using Remote Sensing Techniques 7-9 September 2010 Lugo, Spain.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2010. Multi-sensor airborne remote sensing techniques for archaeological survey and interpretation. In: International Aerial Archaeology Conference 15-18 September 2010 Bucharest, Romania.
  • Almond, S.F., Boyd, D.S., Dash, J., Curran, P., Hill, R.A. and Foody, G.M., 2010. Estimating terrestrial gross primary productivity with the Envisat Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI). In: IGARSS 2010: Remote Sensing: Global Vision for Local Action 25-30 July 2010 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
  • Boyd, D.S., Almond, S.F., Dash, J., Curran, P. and Hill, R.A., 2010. Phenological Trends of Vegetation in Southern England From Envisat MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index (MTCI) data. In: ESA Living Planet Symposium 28 June-2 July 2010 Bergen, Norway.
  • Sumnall, M.J., Hill, R.A. and Hinsley, S.A., 2010. The assessment of habitat condition and conservation status of lowland British woodland using earth observation techniques. In: RSPSoc 2010: From The Sea-bed to the Cloud-tops (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society) 1-3 September 2010 Cork, Ireland.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2010. Analysing the vegetation information content of airborne remotely sensed data to improve understanding of archaeological features. In: RSPSoc 2010: From The Sea-bed to the Cloud-tops (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society) 1-3 September 2010 Cork, Ireland.
  • Hill, R.A., Boyd, D.S. and Hopkinson, C., 2010. The influence of structure on spectral reflectance of four tropical rainforest types in Amazonia. In: RSPSoc 2010: From The Sea-bed to the Cloud-tops (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society) 1-3 September 2010 Cork, Ireland.
  • Hill, R.A., Boyd, D.S. and Hopkinson, C., 2010. Integrating airborne LiDAR and Landsat ETM+ data for large area assessment of forest canopy height in Amazonia. In: Silvilaser 2010, the 10th International Conference on LiDAR Applications for Assessing Forest Ecosystems 14-17 September 2010 Freiburg, Germany.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Redhead, J.W., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Hill, R. and Pywell, R.F., 2009. Testing agri-environment delivery for birds at the farm scale – the Hillesden experiment. In: Lowland Farmland Birds III: Delivering Solutions in an Uncertain World. 31 March-1 April 2009 University of Leicester.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2009. Analysing the information content of airborne remotely sensed data for archaeological prospection. In: International Aerial Archaeology Conference 25-26 September 2009 Siena, Italy.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2009. Beyond the picturesque: analysing the information content of airborne remotely sensed data for understanding prehistoric sites. In: 8th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection: Mémoire du sol, Espace des hommes 9-12 September 2009 Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2009. Beyond the picturesque: analysing the information content of airborne remotely sensed data for understanding prehistoric sites. In: III International Conference On Remote Sensing In Archaeology 17-21 August 2009 Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Hill, R.A., O'Hare, M.T., Stillman, R.A. and Gozlan, R.E., 2009. Hyperspectral remote sensing of river macrophyte vegetation: towards an assessment of wildfowl and fish habitat quality. In: RSPSoc Annual Conference: New Dimensions in Earth Observation 8-11 September 2009 Leicester. Leicester: RSPSoc.
  • Hill, R.A., George, M. and Wilson, A.K., 2008. Mapping Deciduous Tree Species in Time-Series ATM Data Based on Differential Rates of Green-Up and Senescence. In: Proceedings of the 2008 Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc 2008) 10-12 September 2008 Exeter. Falmouth, England: RSPSoc.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R., Bellamy, P.E., Ferns, P.N. and Harrison, N.M., 2007. Structural, functional and temporal fragmentation: the impossibility of pleasing everyone. In: 25 Years of Landscape Ecology: Scientific Principles in Practice 8-12 July 2007 Wageningen.
  • Hill, R.A., 2007. Going Undercover: Mapping Woodland Understorey from Leaf-On and Leaf-Off LiDAR Data. In: Proceedings of the ISPRS Workshop: Laser Scanning 2007 and SilviLaser 2007 12-14 September 2007 Espoo, Finland. ISPRS, 184-189.
  • Boyd, D.S. and Hill, R.A., 2007. Validation of Airborne LiDAR Intensity Values from a Forested Landscape Using HyMap Data: Preliminary Analyses. In: Proceedings of the ISPRS Workshop: Laser Scanning 2007 and SilviLaser 2007 12-14 September 2007 Espoo, Finland. ISPRS, 71-76.
  • Fuller, R.M., Devereux, B.J., Amable, G.S., Hill, R.A., Gillings, S. and Smith, G.M., 2006. Development, Testing and Application of a Landscape-Scale Approach to Ecology: The Evolving Framework Offered by the UK, Remotely-Sensed, Land Cover Maps. In: RSPSoc Annual Conference 5-8 September 2006 Cambridge, England.
  • Hill, R.A., Fuller, R.M., Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E. and Smith, G.M., 2006. Territory Structure of Breeding Woodland Birds: Spatial and Temporal Variation Assessed Using Airborne LiDAR. In: RSPSoc Annual Conference 5-8 September 2006 Cambridge, England.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E. and Fuller, R.M., 2006. Modelling Bird Habitat Quality Using Airborne LiDAR. In: Proceedings of US Wildlife Society 13th Annual Conference 23-26 September 2006 Anchorage, AK, USA. US Wildlife Society.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E., Ferns, P.N., Harrison, N.M. and Speakman, J.R., 2006. Woodland Bird Habitat Quality: The Costs of Living in Fragmented Habitat. In: Proceedings of the Silvilaser 2006 Conference 7-10 November 2006 Ehime Prefectural Convention Hall , Matsuyama, Japan. Silvilaser.
  • Smith, G.M. and Hill, R.A., 2005. Wetland Monitoring Within the GEOLAND Project. In: Proceedings of the Remote Sensing Workshop 30 September 2004 Peterborough, England. English Nature.
  • Hill, R.A. and Thomson, A.G., 2005. Mapping the Species Composition and Structure of Monks Wood Using Airborne Spectral Reflectance and LiDAR Data. In: Gardiner, C. and Sparks, T., eds. Ten years of change : woodland research at Monks Wood NNR, 1993-2003 : Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Symposium December 2003 Peterborough, England: English Nature.
  • Hill, R.A., Granica, K., Smith, G.M. and Schardt, M., 2005. Characterization of Alpine Treeline Ecotones: An Operational Approach? In: ForestSAT 2005: Operational Tools in Forestry Using Remote Sensing Techniques Borås, Sweden.
  • Hill, R.A., Fuller, R.M., Hinsley, S.A. and Bellamy, P.E., 2005. How Variable is Territory Habitat Structure for Breeding Woodland Birds? A Case Study of English Lowland Broadleaved Woods Using LiDAR. In: Silviscan LiDAR Applications in Forest Assessment and Inventory 29 September-1 October 2005 Blacksburg, USA.
  • Hamid, J.A., Mather, P.M. and Hill, R.A., 2004. Mapping of Conifer Forest Plantations Using Airborne Hyperspectral and Lidar Data. In: 23rd Symposium of the European-Association-of-Remote-Sensing-Laboratories (EARSEL) 2-5 June 2003 University of Gent, Belgium. Millpress Science Publishers, 185-190.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Ferns, P.N., Bellamy, P.E. and Balzter, H., 2004. Quantifying ‘Quality’. In: Hole Breeding Passerines 50th Anniversary Conference 1-5 October 2004 Dept. of Animal Population Biology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Vlieland, Netherlands. Department of Animal Population Biology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, 30.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. and Bellamy, P.E., 2004. Modelling Woodland Bird Habitat Quality: An Ecological Application of Airborne LiDAR. In: RSPSoc Annual Conference 7-10 September 2004 Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. and Bellamy, P.E., 2004. Integrating Multiple Datasets for the Remote Quantification of Woodland Bird Habitat Quality. In: ISPRS Working Group VIII/2 Laser Scanners for Forest and Landscape Assessment: Proceedings 3-6 October 2004 Freiburg, Germany. ISPRS.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E. and Balzter, H., 2003. Ecological Applications of Airborne Laser Scanner Data: Modelling Woodland Bird Habitats. In: Scandlaser: Scientific Workshop on Airborne Laser Scanning of Forests. Proceedings 2-4 September 2003 Umeå, Sweden. 79-88.
  • Hill, R.A., 2003. Airborne Laser Scanning: Potential for Landscape Modelling. In: Association for Applied Biologists Workshop: Target Characterization for Spraying 22 January 2003 Silsoe Research Institute.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. and Bellamy, P.E., 2003. Predicting Habitat Quality for Woodland Birds Using Airborne Laser Scanning Techniques. In: 6th International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) World Congress: Crossing Frontiers: Landscape Ecology Down Under: Building Bridges Between Cultures, Disciplines and Approaches 13-17 July 2003 Darwin, Australia. IAELE.
  • Rowland, C.S., Patenaude, G.L., Balzter, H., Dawson, T.P., Hill, R.A., Luckman, A., Milne, R. and Skinner, L., 2003. Forest Carbon Estimation: A Comparison of Techniques. In: RSPSoc 2003 Annual Conference: Scales and Dynamics in Observing the Environment 10-12 September 2003 University of Nottingham, England.
  • Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A. and Dawson, A., 2002. Birds and Habitat Quality: Effects of Wood Size and Spatial Arrangement in the Landscape. In: 11th Annual Conference of the International-Association-for-Landscape-Ecology, 10-13 September 2002 University of East Anglia, Norwich. IALE, 15-24.
  • Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. and Gaveau, D.L.A., 2002. Mapping Forest Pattern and Structure at a Landscape Scale Using Airborne Laser Scanning Technology. In: 11th Annual Conference of the International-Association-for-Landscape-Ecology, 10-13 September 2002 University of East Anglia, Norwich. IALE, 60-67.
  • Hill, R.A., Gaveau, D.L.A. and Spendlove, M., 2002. Accuracy Issues in the Assessment of Deciduous Woodland Canopy Height by Airborne Laser Scanning: A Case Study. In: ForestSAT: Operational Tools in Forestry Using Remote Sensing Technology 5-9 August 2002 Heriot Watt Univeristy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. and Broughton, R.K., 2002. Airborne Laser Scanning as a Method to Quantify Woodland Structure and Identify Bird Habitats. In: British Ecological Society Annual Symposium 18-20 December 2002 University of York, England.
  • Balzter, H., Hinsley, S.A., Bellamy, P.E., Gaveau, D.L.A., Gerard, F., Grant, J., Hill, R.A., Plummer, S. and Thomson, A.G., 2002. Habitat Quality Mapping Using Remote Sensing and Ecological Niche Factor Analysis. In: ForestSAT: Operational Tools in Forestry Using Remote Sensing Technology 5-9 August 2002 Heriot Watt Univeristy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Patenaude, G.L., Hill, R.A., Milne, R. and Dawson, T.P., 2002. Forest Carbon Accounting Using Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) and Modelling Approaches. In: COST E21: Contribution of Forests and Forestry to Mitigate Greenhouse Effects. 4th Whole Action Meeting Valencia, Spain.
  • Patenaude, G.L., Hill, R.A., Milne, R., Rowland, C.S. and Dawson, T.P., 2002. Forest Carbon Accounting Using Airborne Laser Scanning Remote Sensing and Modeling Approaches. In: ForestSAT 2002: Operational Tools in Forestry Using Remote Sensing Technology 5-9 August 2002 Heriot Watt Univeristy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Hill, R.A., Fuller, R.M., Smith, G.M., Sanderson, J.M. and Thomson, A.G., 2001. Land Cover Map 2000: Providing a Census of UK Broad Habitats. In: British Ecological Society Workshop; Applying New Technology to Conservation Management Information 11 September 2001 Bath Spa University, England.
  • Smith, G.M., Fuller, R.M., Sanderson, J.M., Hill, R.A. and Thomson, A.G., 2001. Land Cover Map 2000: A Parcel-Based Map from Satellite Images Data. In: 1st Annual Meeting of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society RSPI 2001; Geomatics, Earth Observation and the Information Society 12-14 September 2001 London, England. 689-702.
  • Hill, R.A., Smith, G.M., Fuller, R.M. and Veitch, N., 2001. Deriving a Landscape Model from Integrated Airborne CASI and ALTM Data. In: 1st Annual Meeting of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society; Geomatics, Earth Observation and the Information Society 12-14 September 2001 London.
  • Hill, R.A., Smith, G.M. and Fuller, R.M., 2001. Mapping Hedgerows in a Landscape Context Using Airborne Remote Sensing Data. In: Hedgerows of the world: their ecological functions in different landscapes: 10th Annual Conference of the International Association for Landscape Ecology 5-8 September 2001 University of Birmingham, England. Aberdeen: IAELE(UK).
  • Gaveau, D.L.A. and Hill, R.A., 2001. Validation of an Automated Method to Derive the Topography of Woodland Floors From Dual-Return Airborne Laser Scanning Data. In: 1st Annual Meeting of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society; Geomatics, Earth Observation and the Information Society 12-14 September 2001 London.
  • Hill, R.. A comparison of Landsat TM and NOAA AVHRR imagery for the identification of tropical rain forest types in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, Peru. In: Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society; Remote Sensing in Action, 11-14 September 1995 University of Southampton.
  • Hill, R. and Veitch, N.. Integrated CASI – LIDAR data for land-cover classification. In: Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society; Earth Observation – from data to information 8-10 September 1999 University of Wales Cardiff.
  • Gerard, F.F., Langmaid, P.J., Pywell, R.F., Hill, R. and Wilson, A.F.. Airborne scanning imagery as a support to field surveying, and environmental impact assessment on a UK military training area. In: Fourth International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference and Exhibition 21-24 June 1999 Ontario, Canada.

PhD Students

  • Emma Hankinson. Orang-utan (Pongo abelii) sleep architecture: Exploring the importance of a good night’s sleep and sleeping platform construction for cognitive functioning in the Hominidae
  • Kwasi Anarfi. Urbanisation and environmental change: a comparative study of three urban areas in Ghana
  • Ailidh Barnes. Modelling how to mitigate bird population declines in the UK through landscape-scale environmental management
  • Kelly van Leeuwen. Landscape use by savannah chimpanzees as a proxy for hominin landscape use
  • Christopher Marsh. LEAP: Landscape Ecology and Primatology in Sikundur Indonesia

Grants

  • Up scaling microclimate to macro-ecological importance for global conservation (Leverhulme Trust, 27 Feb 2017). In Progress
  • Supporting the planning of corridors and buffer zones by identifying the habitat requirements of the Critically Endangered Sumatran elephant in Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia (People's Trust for endangered species, 16 Jun 2016). In Progress
  • Savannah chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) landscape use in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda (Primate Society of Great Britain, 01 Jun 2016). In Progress
  • The effects of forest degradation on ranging habits and activities of arboreal primates within Sikundur, the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem, Northern Sumatra (Primate Society of Great Britain, 01 May 2016). In Progress
  • The effects of forest degradation on ranging habits, and activities of arboreal primates within Sikundur, the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem, Northern Sumatra (Royal Geographical Society, 01 Apr 2016). In Progress
  • Estimating a critically endangered Sumatran elephant population and developing human-elephant coexistence strategies in Leuser Ecosystem (Rufford Small Grants, 01 Mar 2016). In Progress
  • Taking elephant behavior and habitat modeling to a new dimension (International Elephant Foundation, 01 Mar 2016). In Progress
  • FOREST: 3D-ECOCARB (MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS Individual Fellowships (IF) Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2014, 01 Oct 2015). Awarded
  • Supporting the science of lowland dipterocarp rainforest conservation: orang-utans, carbon and disturbance trajectories (NERC - ARSF: Awarded but not executed due to problems in obtaining permits, 01 Oct 2014). Completed
  • Networking and mobility towards consolidation of a multi-stakeholder learning platform enhancing research and professional practice in conservation (Bournemouth University, 01 Sep 2014). In Progress
  • Collecting and spreading knowledge on species’ distributions and forest disturbance (Bournemouth University Fusion Investment Fund, 01 Sep 2014). In Progress
  • Predicting the Consequences of Habitat And Landscape Change For Woodland Birds (NERC ARSF, 01 Jan 2012). Awarded
  • Phase 1 of An implementation test on discrimination of forest genera and cover (UK Space Agency, 12 May 2011). Awarded
  • Investigation of airborne waveform lidar for forest assessment (NERC ARSF, 01 Jan 2010). Awarded
  • A Multisensor Approach to Analysing Archaeological Remains (NERC ARSF, 01 Jan 2010). Awarded
  • Assessment of habitat condition and conservation status for lowland British woodland using earth observation techniques (NERC CEH, 01 Oct 2009). Awarded
  • Assessing the impact of environment factors on invasive potential of Rhododendron ponticum in Western Britain: implications for climate change (NERC ARSF, 01 Jan 2009). Awarded
  • Hillesden Biodiversity Mapping (NERC CEH, 01 Jun 2008). Awarded
  • Developing remotely sensed indicators of habitat condition and conservation status for a forested Natura site. (NERC ARSF, 01 Jan 2008). Awarded
  • Assessing the distribution and abundance of a keystone riparian macrophyte: impacts of swan grazing and consequences for Salmonid conservation (NERC ARSF, 01 Jan 2008). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility, Member of Steering Committee (2009-)
  • ForestSAT, Member of Steering Committee
  • SilviLaser, Member of Steering Committee

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • President of the Dorset Geographical Association

Qualifications

  • PhD in Environmental Remote Sensing (University of Wales Swansea, 1996)
  • MA in Geography (University of Oxford, 1996)
  • BA (Hons) in Geography (University of Oxford, 1992)

Memberships

  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2015-),
  • Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society, Fellow (2011-),
  • Scientific Committee for SilviLaser, Member,
  • Steering Committee for ForestSAT, Member,
  • Steering Committee for the NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility, Member (2009-),
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