Simon Willcock

NameSimon Willcock
Job titlePrincipal Research Scientist - Net Zero
Email addresssimon.willcock@rothamsted.ac.uk
DepartmentNet Zero and Resilient Farming
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9534-9114
OfficeHarpenden

Research outputs

One Hundred Priority Questions for the Development of Sustainable Food Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Devenish, A. J. M., Schmitter, P., Jellason, N. P., Esmail, N., Abdi, N. M., Adanu, S. K., Adolph, B., Al-Zu’bi, M., Amali, A. A., Barron, J., Chapman, A. S. A., Chausson, A. M., Chibesa, M., Davies, J., Dugan, E., Edwards, G. I., Egeru, A., Gebrehiwot, T., Griffiths, G. H., Haile, A., Hunga, H. G., Igbine, L., Jarju, O. M., Keya, F., Khalifa, M., Ledoux, W. A., Lejissa, L. T., Loupa, P., Lwanga, J., Mapedza, E. D., Marchant, R., McLoud, T., Mukuyu, P., Musah, L. M., Mwanza, M., Mwitwa, J., Neina, D., Newbold, T., Njogo, S., Robinson, E. J. Z., Singini, W., Umar, B. B., Wesonga, F., Willcock, S., Yang, J. and Tobias, J. A. 2023. One Hundred Priority Questions for the Development of Sustainable Food Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Land. 12 (10), p. 1879. https://doi.org/10.3390/land12101879

Place attachment and perception of climate change as a threat in rural and urban areas

Tenbrink, T and Willcock, S. 2023. Place attachment and perception of climate change as a threat in rural and urban areas. PLOS ONE. 18 (9), p. e0290354. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0290354

Inequitable gains and losses from conservation in a global biodiversity hotspot

Platts, P. J., Schaafsma, M., Turner, R. K., Burgess, N. D., Fisher, B., Mbilinyi, B. P., Munishi, P. K. T., Ricketts, T. H., Swetnam, R. D., Ahrends, A., Ashagre, B. B., Bayliss, J., Gereau, R. E., Green, J. M. H., Green, R. E., Jeha, L., Lewis, S. L., Marchant, R., Marshall, A. R., Morse-Jones, S., Mwakalila, S., Njana, M. A., Shirima, D. D., Willcock, S. and Balmford, A. 2023. Inequitable gains and losses from conservation in a global biodiversity hotspot. Environment and Resource Economics. 86, pp. 381-405. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-023-00798-y

National scale mapping of supply and demand for recreational ecosystem services

Hooftman, D. A., Ridding, L. E., Redhead, J. W. and Willcock, S. 2023. National scale mapping of supply and demand for recreational ecosystem services. Ecological Indicators. 154 (October), p. 110779. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2023.110779

Mapping to explore the challenges and opportunities for reconciling artisanal gem mining and biodiversity conservation

Devenish, K., Goodenough, K., Jones, J. P. G., Ratsimba, H. R. and Willcock, S. 2023. Mapping to explore the challenges and opportunities for reconciling artisanal gem mining and biodiversity conservation. The Extractive Industries and Society. 15, p. 101311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2023.101311

Earlier collapse of Anthropocene ecosystems driven by multiple faster and noisier drivers

Willcock, S., Cooper, G. S., Addy, J. and Dearing, J. A. 2023. Earlier collapse of Anthropocene ecosystems driven by multiple faster and noisier drivers. Nature Sustainability. 6, p. 1331–1342. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-023-01157-x

Towards a better future for biodiversity and people - modelling Nature Futures

Kim, H., Peterson, G. D., Cheung, W. W. L., Ferrier, S., Alkemade, R., Arneth, A., Kuiper, J. J., Okayasu, S., Pereira, L., Acosta, L. A., Kramer, R. C., Belder, E. D., Eddy, T. D., Johnson, J. A., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S., Kok, M. T., Leadley, P., Leclere, D., Lundquist, C. J., Rondinini, C., Scholes, R. J., Schoolenberg, M. A., Shin, Y., Stehfest, E., Stephenson, F., Visconti, P., Vuuren, D. V., Wabnitz, C. C., Alava, J. J., Cuadros-Casanova, I., Davies, K. K., Gasalla, M. A., Halouani, G., Harfoot, M., Hashimoto, S., Hickler, T., Hirsch, T., Kolomytsev, G., Miller, B. W., Ohashi, H., Palomo, M. G., Popp, A., Remme, R. P., Saito, O., Sumalia, U. R., Willcock, S. and Pereira, H. M. 2023. Towards a better future for biodiversity and people - modelling Nature Futures. Global Environmental Change. 82, p. 102681. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2023.102681

Using a multi-lens framework for landscape decisions

Cole, B., Bradley, A. V., Willcock, S., Gardner, E., Allinson, E., Hagen-Zanker, A., Calo, A. J., Touza, J., Petrovskii, S., Yu, J. and Whelan, M. 2023. Using a multi-lens framework for landscape decisions. People and Nature. 5 (4), pp. 1050-1071. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10474

Model Ensembles of Ecosystem Services Fill Global Certainty and Capacity Gaps

Willcock, S., Hooftman, D. A. P., Neugarten, R. A., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Barredo, J. I., Hickler, T., Kindermann, G., Lewis, A. R., Lindeskog, M., Martinez-Lopez, J. and Bullock, J. M. 2023. Model Ensembles of Ecosystem Services Fill Global Certainty and Capacity Gaps. Science Advances. 9 (14), p. eadf5492. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.adf5492

Understanding rural-urban transitions in the Global South through Peri-Urban Turbulence

Hutchings, P., Willcock, S., Lynch, K., Bundhoo, D., Brewer, T., Cooper, S., Keech, D., Mekala, S., Mishra, P. P., Parker, A., Shackleton, C. M., Venkatesh, K., Vicario, D. R. and Welivita, I. 2022. Understanding rural-urban transitions in the Global South through Peri-Urban Turbulence. Nature Sustainability. 5, pp. 924-930. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-00920-w

On track to achieve No Net Loss of forest at Madagascar’s biggest mine

Devenish, K., Desbureaux, S., Willcock, S. and Jones, J. P. G. 2022. On track to achieve No Net Loss of forest at Madagascar’s biggest mine. Nature Sustainability. 5, pp. 498-508. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-00850-7

A comprehensive framework for assessing the accuracy and uncertainty of global above-ground biomass maps

Araza, A., Bruin, S. D., Herold, M., Quegan, S., Labriere, N., Rodriguez-Veiga, P., Avitabile, V., Santoro, M., Mitchard, E. T., M.Ryan, C., L.Phillips, O., Willcock, S., Verbeeck, H., Carreiras, J., Hein, L., Schelhaas, M., Pacheco-Pascagaza, A. . M., Bispo, P. D. C., Laurin, G. V., Vieilledent, G., Slik, F., Wijaya, A., Lewis, S. L., Morel, A., Liang, J., Sukhdeo, H., Schepaschenko, D., Cavlovic, J., Gilani, H. and Lucas, R. 2022. A comprehensive framework for assessing the accuracy and uncertainty of global above-ground biomass maps. Remote Sensing of Environment. 272, p. 112917. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2022.112917

Making Landscape Decisions to Meet Net Zero Carbon: Pathways that consider ethics, socio-ecological diversity, and landscape functions

Cole, B., Saratsi, E., Earnshaw, K., Willcock, S., Gardner, E., Bradley, A., Fremantle, C., Bezant, J., Finan, J., Ziv, G. and Balzter, H. 2022. Making Landscape Decisions to Meet Net Zero Carbon: Pathways that consider ethics, socio-ecological diversity, and landscape functions. UK Research and Innovation - UKRI. https://doi.org/10.25392/leicester.data.19011629

Reducing uncertainty in ecosystem service modelling through weighted ensembles

Hooftman, D. A. P., Bullock, J. M., Jones, L., Eigenbrod, F., Barredo, J. I., Forrest, M., Kindermann, G., Thomas, A. and Willcock, S. 2022. Reducing uncertainty in ecosystem service modelling through weighted ensembles. Ecosystem Services. 53 (February), p. 101398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101398

High aboveground carbon stock of African tropical montane forests

Cuni-Sanchez, A., Sullivan, M., Platts, P., Lewis, S., Marchant, R., Imani, G., Hubau, W., Abiem, I., Adhikari, H., Albrecht, T., Altman, J., Amani, C., Aneseyee, A., Avitabile, V., Banin, L., Batumike, R., Bauters, M., Beeckman, H., Begne, S., Bennett, A., Bitariho, R., Boeckx, P., Bogaert, J., Bräuning, A., Bulonvu. F., Burgess, N., Calders, K., Chapman, C., Chapman, H., Comiskey, J., de Haulleville, T., Decuyper, M., DeVries, B., Dolezal, J., Droissart, V., Ewango, C., Feyera, S., Gebrekristos, A., Gereau, R., Gilpin, M., Hakizimana, D., Hall, J., Hamilton, A., Hardy, O., Hart, T., Heiskanen, J., Hemp, A., Herold, M., Hiltner, U., Kamdem, M-N., Kayijamahe, C., Kenfack, D., Kinyanjui, M., Klein, J., Lisingo, J., Lovett, J., Lung, M., Makana, J-R., Malhi, Y., Marshall, A., Martin, E., Mitchard, E., Morel, A., Tshibamba Mukendi, J., Timberlake, J., Nchu, F., Nyirambangutse, B., Okello, J., Peh, K., Petri, P., Phillips, O., Plumptre, A., Qie, L., Rovero, F., Sainge, M., Schmitt, C., Sedlacek, O., Ngute, A., Sheil, D., Sheleme, D., Simegn, T., Simo-Droissart, M., Sonke, B., Soromessa, T., Sunderland, T., Svoboda, M., Taedoumg, H., Taplin, J., Taylor, D., Thomas, S., Tuagben, D., Umunay, P., Uzabaho, E., Verbeeck, H., Vleminckx, J., Wallin, G., Wheeler, C., Willcock, S., Woods, J., Zibera, E. and Horak, D. 2021. High aboveground carbon stock of African tropical montane forests. Nature. 596, pp. 536-542. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03728-4

The global forest above-ground biomass pool for 2010 estimated from high-resolution satellite observations

Santoro, M., Cartus, O., Carvalhais, N., Rozendaal, D., Avitabile, V., Araza, A., Bruin, S. D., Herold, M., Quegan, S., Veiga, P. R., Balzter, H., Carreiras, J., Schepaschenko, D., Korets, M., Shimada, M., Itoh, T., Martinez, A. M., Cavlovic, J., Gatti, R. C., Bispo, P. D. C., Dewnath, N., Labriere, N., Liang, J., Lindsell, J., Mitchard, E. T., Morel, A., Pascagaza, A. M. P., Ryan, C. M., Slik, F., Laurin, G. V., Verbeeck, H., Wijaya, A. and Willcock, S. 2021. The global forest above-ground biomass pool for 2010 estimated from high-resolution satellite observations. Earth System Science Data. 13 (8), p. 3927–3950. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2020-148

The current and future uses of machine learning in ecosystem service research

Scowen, M., Athanasiadis, I. N., Bullock, J. M., Eigenbrod, F. and Willcock, S. 2021. The current and future uses of machine learning in ecosystem service research. Science of the Total Environment. 799, p. 149263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149263

High Spatial-Temporal Resolution Data across Large Scales Are Needed to Transform Our Understanding of Ecosystem Services

Willcock, S., Martinez-Lopez, J., Dandy, N. and Bullock, J. M. 2021. High Spatial-Temporal Resolution Data across Large Scales Are Needed to Transform Our Understanding of Ecosystem Services. Land. 10 (7), p. 759. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070759

Remote Sensing Methods for the Biophysical Characterization of Protected Areas Globally: Challenges and Opportunities

Martinez-Lopez, J., Bertzky, B., Willcock, S., Robuchon, M., Almagro, M., Delli, G. and Dubois, G. 2021. Remote Sensing Methods for the Biophysical Characterization of Protected Areas Globally: Challenges and Opportunities. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 10 (6), p. 384. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10060384

The Flows of Nature to People, and of People to Nature: Applying Movement Concepts to Ecosystem Services

Dolan, R., Bullock, J. M., Jones, J. P. G., Athanasiadis, I. N., Martinez-Lopez, J. and Willcock, S. 2021. The Flows of Nature to People, and of People to Nature: Applying Movement Concepts to Ecosystem Services. Land. 10 (6), p. 576. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060576

Evidence of Similarities in Ecosystem Service Flow across the Rural-Urban Spectrum

Welivita, I., Willcock, S., Lewis, A., Bundhoo, D., Brewer, T., Cooper, S., Lynch, K., Mekala, S., Mishra, P. P., Venkatesh, k., Vicario, D. R. and Hutchings, P. 2021. Evidence of Similarities in Ecosystem Service Flow across the Rural-Urban Spectrum. Land. 10 (4), p. 430. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10040430

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