Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 1997
    University of Leeds: B.Sc. (Hons) Animal & Plant Biology

  • 1999 – 2002
    Imperial College: Ph.D. Plant Ecology

  • 2002 – 2004
    People for Plants Officer, Plantlife

  • 2004 – 2011
    Research Scientist IGER/Rothamsted Research

  • 2011 – 2013
    Career break

  • 2013 – 2014
    Freelance Ecologist, Writer & Field Studies Council Botanical Tutor

  • 2014 – 2014
    Freelance Statistical Consultant with Select Statistical Services Ltd.

  • Since 2014
    Daphne Jackson Research Fellow, University of Exeter.

Selected publications

  • Manning, P., de Vries, F. T., Tallowin, J. R. B., Smith, R., Mortimer, S. R., Pilgrim, E. S., Harrison, K. A., Wright, D. G., Quirk, H., Benson, J., Shipley, B., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Kattge, J., Bönisch, G., Wirth, C., Bardgett, R. D. (2015), Simple measures of climate, soil properties and plant traits predict national-scale grassland soil carbon stocks. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12478

  • Vries, F. T., Manning, P., Tallowin, J. R., Mortimer, S. R., Pilgrim, E. S., Harrison, K. A., ... & Bardgett, R. D. (2012). Abiotic drivers and plant traits explain landscape‐scale patterns in soil microbial communities. Ecology Letters, 15(11), 1230-1239.

  • Blackwell, M. S., & Pilgrim, E. S. (2011). Ecosystem services delivered by small-scale wetlands. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 56(8), 1467-1484.

  • Pilgrim, E. S., Macleod, C. J., Blackwell, M. S., Bol, R., Hogan, D. V., Chadwick, D. R., ... & Firbank, L. G. (2010). 4 Interactions Among Agricultural Production and Other Ecosystem Services Delivered from European Temperate Grassland Systems. Advances in Agronomy, 109, 117.

  • Potts, S. G., Woodcock, B. A., Roberts, S. P. M., Tscheulin, T., Pilgrim, E. S., Brown, V. K. and Tallowin, J. R. (2009), Enhancing pollinator biodiversity in intensive grasslands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46: 369–379. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01609.x

  • Pilgrim, E.S., Crawley, M.J. and Dolphin, K.P. (2004) Patterns of rarity in the native British flora. Biological Conservation, 120,161-170.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Exploring the potential benefits of Forest Gardens in the UK for society, wildlife and raspberry production (BBSRC funded), 2014 to date

  • Developing Multifunctional Landscapes (BBSRC funded), 2009 – 2011

  • DIGFOR (Defra Funded): Effects of long-term grassland management on plant diversity, soil microbes and soil carbon. Collaborative project with Roger Smith, (University of Newcastle), Simon Mortimer, (CAER, Reading University) and IGER (now part of Rothamsted Research). Team led by Professor Richard Bardgett (now Manchester University), 2004 – 2010

  • PEBIL (Defra Funded) Potential for enhancing biodiversity in intensively managed grassland farms). Collaborative project with Simon Potts (CAER, Reading University), Juliet Vickery (BTO) and (IGER, now part of Rothamsted Research), 2004-2005

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Media coverage

  • Gave live radio and television interviews to promote Plantlife surveys to the public.

Additional qualifications

  • Open University: Level 3 Applications of Probability, 2007


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • I enjoy exploring the outdoors and being creative through gardening, art and crafts. To relax I enjoy listening to music and practicing

  • I have a young son who I enjoy going on adventures with.


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