Dr Richard Kipling


Dr Richard Kipling

Post-Doctoral Research Associate - CSA Wales

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I am a post doctoral researcher currently working on the MACSUR knowledge hub project. The project aims to enhance European capacity in agricultural modelling of the impacts of, and adaptations to, climate change. My role is to manage the livestock and grassland modelling them, which involves partners from 30 institutes across 14 European countries. I am also engaged in a range of research activities. I have previously worked as a researcher on the Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, studying reproductive success in cliff nesting birds, and as a wildlife ranger at several nationally important sites in the UK.

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Project Officer for the EU MACSUR (Modelling Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security) project.


My current research focuses on developing a better understanding of processes of stakeholder engagement in agricultural research, including the use of grounded theory approaches to analyse data from interviews and published texts. At the same time, I have been engaged through the MACSUR project in leading the development of key position papers relating to livestock and grassland modelling in the context of climate change (see publications) with the aim of using the expertise of the wide consortium of partners to define European research priorities for these fields. This approach includes a particular focus on highlighting opportunities for work across disciplines and between modelling and non-modelling research communities, tying in with my interest in how groups with different world views and priorities can work effectively together to tackle problems and build resilience to common challenges such as climate change.My research background includes a PhD in pollination ecology (investigating pollination niches in UK grasslands) and study of the reproductive success of cliff-nesting seabirds at the Skomer Island nature reserve in Pembrokeshire. My interests in ecology and evolutionary process, and my current work on stakeholder engagement give me a broad range of experience as a multi-disciplinary researcher with a strong interest in interactions at the boundaries of different ecological and social systems.


Saetnan, E & Kipling, R 2016, 'Evaluating a European knowledge hub on climate change in agriculture: Are we building a better connected community?' Scientometrics, vol 109, no. 2, pp. 1057-1074. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-016-2064-5
Özkan, Ş, Vitali, A, Lacetera, N, Amon, B, Bannink, A, Bartley, DJ, Blanco-penedo, I, De Haas, Y, Dufrasne, I, Elliott, J, Eory, V, Fox, NJ, Garnsworthy, PC, Gengler, N, Hammami, H, Kyriazakis, I, Leclère, D, Lessire, F, Macleod, M, Robinson, TP, Ruete, A, Sandars, DL, Shrestha, S, Stott, AW, Twardy, S, Vanrobays, M-L, Ahmadi, BV, Weindl, I, Wheelhouse, N, Williams, AG, Williams, HW, Wilson, AJ, Østergaard, S & Kipling, RP 2016, 'Challenges and priorities for modelling livestock health and pathogens in the context of climate change' Environmental Research, vol 151, pp. 130-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.07.033
Kipling, R & Özkan Gülzari, Ş 2016, Stakeholder engagement and the perceptions of researchers: how agricultural modellers view challenges to communication. in Advances in Animal Biosciences. 3 edn, vol. 7, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 240-241, LiveM 2016, Potsdam, Germany, 2016. DOI: 10.1017/S2040470016000273
Kipling, RP, Virkajärvi, P, Breitsameter, L, Curnel, Y, De Swaef, T, Gustavsson, A-M, Hennart, S, Höglind, M, Järvenranta, K, Minet, J, Nendel, C, Persson, T, Picon-Cochard, C, Rolinski, S, Sandars, DL, Scollan, ND, Sebek, L, Seddaiu, G, Topp, CFE, Twardy, S, Van Middelkoop, J, Wu, L & Bellocchi, G 2016, 'Key challenges and priorities for modelling European grasslands under climate change' Science of the Total Environment, vol 566-567, pp. 851-864. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.144
Kipling, R, Bannink, A, Bellocchi, G, Dalgaard, T, Fox, N, Hutchings, N, Kjeldsen, C, Lacetera, N, Sinabell, F, Topp, C, van Oijen, M, Virkajärvi, P & Scollan, N 2016, 'Modeling European ruminant production systems: Facing the challenges of climate change' Agricultural Systems, vol 147, pp. 24-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2016.05.007
Kipling, RP & Warren, J 2014, 'How generalists coexist; the role of floral phenotype and spatial factors in the pollination systems of two Ranunculus species' Journal of Plant Ecology, vol 7, no. 5, pp. 480-489. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtt040
Kipling, RP & Warren, J 2014, 'An investigation of temporal flowering segregation in species-rich grasslands' Ecological Research, vol 29, no. 2, pp. 213-224. DOI: 10.1007/s11284-013-1116-z
Kipling, RP, Saetnan, E, Scollan, N, Bartley, D, Bellocchi, G, Hutchings, NJ, Dalgaard, T & Van den Pol-van Dasselaar, A 2014, Modelling livestock and grassland systems under climate change. in A Hopkins, RP Collins, M Fraser, VR King, DC Lloyd, J Moorby & PRH Robson (eds), EGF at 50: The future of European grasslands. Proceedings of the 25th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Aberystwyth, Wales, 7-11 September 2014. vol. 19, Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University, pp. 97-99.
Kipling, RP 2013, 'Measuring seabird productivity: inter-plot differences in the effect of site openness on the breeding success of the Common Guillemot Uria aalge' Journal für Ornithologie, vol 154, no. 4, pp. 1079-1085. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-013-0976-x
Kipling, R 2013, Sheer Cliffs and Shearwaters; A Skomer Island Journal. Brambleby Books.