Dr Dylan Gwynn Jones


Dr Dylan Gwynn Jones


Institute Director of Welsh Lanaguage & Culture

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Dylan Gwynn-Jones joined Aberystwyth University in 1999 and is currently a Reader in the IBERS Ecology Group. He previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Universities of Sheffield (1994-1999) and Manchester (1992-1994) engaging with research on several European projects. Research targeted the effects of future elevated carbon dioxide and UV stress impacts on plants and communities. This followed a Ph.D. at Bangor University (1989-1992) jointly with CEH Bush in Edinburgh on the future effects of elevated carbon dioxide on trees.    

His research interests on elevated carbon dioxide and also plant stressors continue to the current day but has diversified to also include agricultural and horticultural crops. He now investigates ‘stress tools’ and using stressor exposure to manipulate plant chemistry and crop quality.    

Dylan teaches is a highly experienced teacher, a Fellow of the HEA and delivers modules to a broad range of degree scheme at undergraduate and post-graduate levels at IBERS.   



Module Coordinator

Dylan Gwynn-Jones is an experienced teacher who delivers field, laboratory and lecture room classes to both undergraduate and postgraduate audiences. He is a keen advocate of experiential learning and the development of skills that can catalyse the understanding of a topic and enhances future employability. Examples from his commercial interactions and research are embedded into his teaching.  

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2005)

Post-graduate Certificate in 'Teaching in Higher Education' from Bangor University (2005).

'Excellence in Teaching award' from Aberystwyth University (2004).

External examiner: School of Biosciences Cardiff University (2015 – present) – examiner for the undergraduate subject areas of Biology, Ecology and Zoology.


Current research interests include

Field research on heath communities dominated by the family Ericaceae: a) The effects of future environmental changes (elevated carbon dioxide, enhanced UV-B and increased temperature) on the carbon dynamics of sub-arctic heath communities in Swedish Lapland; b) Investigating the control of the invasive ericaceous species Rhododendron ponticum in heath and moorland communities in collaboration with Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Grassland research:

c) Climate smart-grass research – part of a Welsh Government funded national research network (NRN) in Wales looking at how we can making forage grasslands more resilient against future extreme weather events; d) Grassland systems, ground source heating systems and carbon – part of the Welsh Government supported SEREN project; e) Phytoextraction of metals using grass species in collaboration with Tata Steel;

Horticultural research

f) Using stress tools to manipulate crop quality in hydroponic systems - in collaboration with Phytoponics Ltd; g) Pop up Agriculture for polar regions - in collaboration with the British Antarctica Survey, Cambridge; h) Insect vision in glasshouses - in collaboration with the National Botanic Garden of Wales; i)Circular economics applied to hydroponics - in collaboration with Freeland Horticulture.


·         Director of Research (Agriculture and Environment Theme).

·         IBERS Director of Welsh Language and Culture. 

·         Scheme coordinator (Ecology C180, Plant Biology C200).

·         Member of the Institute Learning and Teaching committee. 

·         Module coordinator (BR23620 Arctic Ecology Field Course; BG21420 Arolygu Ecolegol; BR13510  Ecology; BR21120 Climate Change: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems; BR21420 Ecological Surveying; BRM4920 Frontiers in the Biosciences).

·         Lecturer / contributor to the following modules (field, laboratory and class): BR01440 Organisms and the Environment; BR13510 Ecology; BR12410 Study and Communication Skills; BR23620 Arctic Ecology Field Course BR21120 Climate Change: Plants, Animals and Ecosystems; BR21420 Ecological Surveying; BG21420 Arolygu Ecolegol; BR23420 Research Methods; BR32330 Dissertation; BRM4920 Frontiers in the Biosciences; BRM6520  Introduction to Environmental Law and Environmental Impact Assessment; EAM4020 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and GIS.

·         Researcher: attracting competitive external funding from UK and international sources; managing staff and budgets; collecting and analysing data, writing papers and research reviews (including reports and book chapters) for peer reviewed journals; public and stakeholder engagement. 

·         Postgraduate supervisor (MSc, MRes and Ph.D.)



Vegetation and edaphic factors influence rapid establishment of distinct fungal communities on former coal-spoil sitesDetheridge, A., Comont, D. C., Callaghan, A., Bussell, J. S., Brand, G., Jones, D., Scullion, J. & Griffith, G. 2018 In : Fungal Ecology.p. 92-103
Aphid orientation and performance in glasshouses under different UV-A/UV-B radiation regimesDader, B., Moreno, A., Jones, D., Winters, A. & Fereres, A. 2017 In : Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.163, 3, p. 344-3539 p.
Elevated CO2 and Tree Species Affect Microbial Activity and Associated Aggregate Stability in Soil Amended with LitterAl-Maliki, S. M. J., Jones, D., Godbold, D., Jones, D. & Scullion, J. 2017 In : Forests.8, 3, 70
Survival, height and tree stability responses of Quercus petraea, two decades after the introduction of different tree shelter typesDuerden, C. E., Jenkins, T., Evans, H. & Jones, D. 2017 In : Quarterly Journal of Forestry.111, 1, p. 26-316 p.
Climate-smart Strategies to Safeguard Persistency and Achieve Sustainable Grassland ProductionHumphreys, M., Loka, D., Gwynn-Jones, D., Scullion, J., Doonan, J., Gasior, D., Harper, J., Farrell, M., Kingston-Smith, A., Dodd, R., Chadwick, D., Hill, P., Mills, G., Hayes, F., Robinson, D. & Jones, D. 2016
Temporal and spatial influences incur reconfiguration of Arctic heathland soil bacterial community structureHill, R., Saetnan, E. R., Scullion, J., Jones, D., Ostle, . N. J. & Edwards, A. 2016 In : Environmental Microbiology.18, 6, p. 1942-195312 p.
The functional quality of decomposing litter outputs from an Arctic plant community is affected by long-term exposure to enhanced UV-B. Ecological Indicators.Jones, A. G., Bussell, J. S., Winters, A., Scullion, J. & Jones, D. 2016 In : Ecological Indicators.60, p. 8-1710 p.
Plant community composition and an insect outbreak influence phenol oxidase activity and soil-litter biochemistry in a sub-Arctic birch-heathJones, A. G., Scullion, J., Ostle, N. J., S, O., di Dio, A. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2015 In : Polar Biology.38, 4, p. 505-516
How does increasing CO2 affect soil microbial diversity and carbon fluxes?Gwynn-Jones, D., Jones, A., Ostle, . N., Edwards, A., Scullion, J., Hill, R., Comont, D., Bussell, J., Oakley, S., Mason, K. & Callaghan, T. V. 2015 INTERACT Stories of Arctic Science. Callaghan, T. V. & Savela, H. (eds.). Aarhus University Press, p. 96-972 p.
Completing the FACE of elevated CO2 researchJones, A. G., Scullion, J., Ostle, N., Levy, P. E. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2014 In : Environment International.73, p. 252-2587 p.
Impact of UV-A radiation on the performance of aphids and whiteflies and on the leaf chemistry of their host plants.Dader, B., Jones, D., Moreno , . A., Winters, A. & Ferres, . A. 2014 In : Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology.138, p. 307-31610 p.
Deciduous woodland exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2 has species-specific impacts on anecic earthwormsScullion, J., Smith, A., Jones, D., Jones, D. L. & Godbold, D. L. 2014 In : Applied Soil Ecology.80, p. 84-929 p.
Ecosystem change and stability over multiple decades in the Swedish subarctic: Complex processes and multiple driversCallaghan, T. V., Jonasson, C., Thierfelder, T., Yang, Z., Hedenås, H., Johansson, M., Molau, U., van Bogaert, R., Michelsen, A., Olofsson, J., Jones, D., Bokhorst, S., Phoenix, G., Bjerke, J. W., Tømmervik, H., Christensen, T. R., Hanna, E., Koller, E. K. & Sloan, V. L. 2013 In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.368, 1624
Latitudinal variation In ambient UV-B radiation is an important determinant of Lolium perenne forage production, quality, and digestibilityComont, D. C., Winters, A. L., Gomez, . L. D., McQueen-Mason, S. J. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2013 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.64, 8, p. 2193-2204
Meta-analysis reveals complex marine biological responses to the interactive effects of ocean acidification and warmingHarvey, B. P., Gwynn-Jones, D. & Moore, P. J. 2013 In : Ecology and Evolution.3, 4, p. 1016–1030
Enhanced UV-B and Elevated CO2 Impacts Sub-Arctic Shrub Berry Abundance, Quality and Seed GerminationGwynn-Jones, D., Jones, A. G., Waterhouse, A., Winters, A., Comont, D., Scullion, J., Gardias, R., Graee, B. J., Lee, J. A. & Callaghan, T. V. 2012 In : Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment.41, 3, p. 256-26813 p.
Acclimation and interaction between drought and elevated UV-B in A. thaliana: Differences in response over treatment, recovery and reproductionComont, D. C., Winters, A. L. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2012 In : Ecology and Evolution.2, 11, p. 2695-270914 p.
Latent soil effects of grazing and ammonium deposition on Deschampsia flexuosa tillers inserted and grown in heather moorland soilJones, R. J., Causton, D. R., Emmett, B., Mur, L. A. J. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2012 In : Environmental and Experimental Botany.81, p. 72-787 p.
Above- and below-ground responses of Calamagrostis purpurea to UV-B radiation and elevated CO2 under phosphorus limitationBussell, J. S., Gwynn-Jones, D., Griffith, G. W. & Scullion, J. 2012 In : Physiologia Plantarum.145, 4, p. 619-62810 p.
UV responses of Lolium perenne raised along a latitudinal gradient across Europe: a filtration studyComont, D. C., Martinez Abaigar, J., Albert, A., Aphalo, P., Causton, D. R., Figueroa, F. L., Gaberscik, A., Llorens, L., Hauser, M-T., Jansen, M. A. K., Kardefelt, M., de la Coba Luque, P., Neubert, S., Núñez-Olivera, E., Olsen, J., Robson, M., Schreiner, M., Sommaruga, R., Strid, A., Torre, S., Turunen, M., Veljovic-Jovanovic, S., Verdaguer, D., Vidovic, M., Wagner, J., Winkler, J. B., Zipoli, G. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2012 In : Physiologia Plantarum.145, 4, p. 604-61815 p.
Impacts of long-term enhanced UV-B radiation on bryophytes in two sub-Arctic heathland sites of contrasting water availabilityArróniz-Crespo, M., Gwynn-Jones, D., Callaghan, T. V., Núñez-Olivera, E., Martínez-Abaigar, J., Horton, P. & Phoenix, G. K. 2011 In : Annals of Botany.108, 3, p. 557-5659 p.
Soils as carbon sinks or sources: From mid-Wales to the ArcticJones, A., Scullion, J., Gwynn-Jones, D., Smith, S. P. (ed.) & Spikes, K. J. (ed.) 2011 IBERS Knowledge-based Innovations, 4, p. 11-155 p.
Academic strategies in a funding crisis: research competitor, ruderal or university teacher?Jones, D. & Warren, J. 2011 In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution.26, 2, p. 56-572 p.
Effect of UV exposure on the abundance of plant phenol compounds in Latuca sativa L. cv. Lolla Rossa leaf tissueWinters, A. L., Holmes, S., Hauck, B. D. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2010 p. T3.28
Sustainability in bioscience fieldwork: Practical information from a UK agricultural research instituteWright, H. A., Ironside, J. E. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2009 In : International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.10, 1, p. 54-6714 p.
Changes in the immune response and metabolic fingerprint of the mussel, Mytilus edulis (Linnaeus) in response to lowered salinity and physical stressBussell, J. A., Gidman, E. A., Causton, D. R., Gwynn-Jones, D., Malham, S. K., Jones, M. L. M., Reynolds, B. & Seed, R. 2008 In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.358, 1, p. 78-858 p.
The current state of sustainability in bioscience laboratories: a statistical examination of a UK tertiary instituteWright, H. A., Ironside, J. E. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2008 In : International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.9, 3, p. 282-29413 p.
The Green Laboratories ManualWright, H. A., Gwynn-Jones, D., Wilmott, A. & Davies, K. 2008 The Higher Education Academy. (Report for Centre for Biosciences, Higher Education Academy)
A methodology for screening haemolymph of intertidal mussels, Mytilus edulis, using FT-IR spectroscopy as a tool for environmental assesmentGidman, E. A., Jones, M. L. M., Bussell, J. A., Malham, S. K., Reynolds, B., Seed, R., Causton, D. R., Johnson, H. E. & Jones, D. 2007 In : Metabolomics.3, 4, p. 465-4739 p.
Global negative vegetation feedback to climate warming responses of leaf litter decomposition rates in cold biomesCornelissen, J. H. C., van Bodegom, P. M., Aerts, R., Callaghan, T. V., van Logtestijn, R. S. P., Alatalo, J., Chapin, F. S., Gerdol, R., Gudmundsson, J., Jones, D., Hartley, A. E., Hik, D. S., Hofgaard, A., Jonsdottir, I. S., Karlsson, S., Klein, J. A., Laundre, J., Magnusson, B., Michelsen, A., Molau, U., Onipchenko, V. G., Quested, H. M., Sandvik, S. M., Schmidt, I. K., Shaver, G. R., Solheim, B., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Stenström, A., Tolvanen, A., Totland, O., Wada, N., Welker, J. M., Zhao, X. & Team, M. O. L. 2007 In : Ecology Letters.10, 7, p. 619-6279 p.
Using metabolic fingerprinting of plants for evaluating nitrogen deposition impacts on the landscape levelEmmett, B., Gidman, E. A., Stevens, C. J., Broadhurst, D. I., Goodacre, R. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2006 In : Global Change Biology.p. 1460-14656 p.
Foliar pH as a new plant trait: Can it explain variation in foliar chemistry and carbon cycling processes among subarctic plant species and types?Cornelissen, J. H. C., Quested, H. M., Logestijn, R. S. P., Perez-Harguindeguy, N., Gwynn-Jones, D., Diaz, S., Callaghan, T. V., Press, M. C. & Aerts, R. 2006 In : Oecologia.147, 2, p. 315-32612 p.
Metabolic fingerprinting for bio-indication of nitrogen responses in Calluna vulgaris heath communitiesGidman, E. A., Goodacre, R., Emmett, B., Wilson, D., Carroll, J. A., Caporn, S. J. M., Cresswell, N. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2005 In : Metabolomics.1, 3, p. 279-2857 p.
Effects of enhanced UV-B radiation in the field on the concentration of phenolics and chlorophyll fluorescence in two boreal and arctic-alpine lichensBjerke, J. W., Gwynn-Jones, D. & Callaghan, T. V. 2005 In : Environmental and Experimental Botany.53, 2, p. 139-14911 p.
Leaf digestibility and litter decomposability are related in a wide range of subarctic plant species and typesCornelissen, J. H. C., Quested, H. M., Gwynn-Jones, D., van Logtestijn, R. S. P., de Beus, M. A. H., Kondratchuk, A., Callaghan, T. V. & Aerts, R. 2004 In : Functional Ecology.18, 6, p. 779-7868 p.
Investigating plant-plant interference by metabolic fingerprintingGidman, E., Goodacre, R., Emmett, B., Smith, A. R. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2003 In : Phytochemistry.63, 6, p. 705-7106 p.
Contrasting strategies for UV-B screening in sub-Arctic dwarf shrubsSemerdjieva, S. I., Sheffield, E., Phoenix, G. K., Gwynn-Jones, D., Callaghan, T. V. & Johnson, G. N. 2003 In : Plant, Cell and Environment.26, 6, p. 957-9648 p.
Ecological importance of ambient solar ultraviolet radiation to a sub-arctic heath communityPhoenix, G. K., Gwynn-Jones, D., Lee, J. A. & Callaghan, T. V. 2003 In : Plant Ecology.165, 2, p. 263-27311 p.
Surface morphology, leaf and cuticle thickness of four dwarf shrubs from a sub-Arctic heath following long-term exposure to enhanced levels of UV-BSemerdjieva, S. I., Phoenix, G. K., Hares, D., Jones, D., Callaghan, T. V. & Sheffield, E. 2003 In : Physiologia Plantarum.117, 2, p. 289-2946 p.
Brief Communications - UV-B radiation and soil microbial communities - Reply.Johnson, D., Campbell, C. D., Lee, J. A., Callaghan, T. V. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2003 In : Nature.
Food quality and microbial succession in ageing earthworm casts: standard microbial indices and metabolic fingerprintingScullion, J., Goodacre, R., Elliott, G. N., Huang, W., Worgan, H., Gwynn-Jones, D., Griffith, G. W., Darby, R. M., Bailey, M. J., Clegg, C. D. & Draper, J. H. 2003 p. 5-62 p.
Decomposition of sub-arctic plants with differing nitrogen economies: A functional role for hemiparasitesQuested, H. M., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Press, M., Callaghan, T. V., Aerts, R., Trosien, F., Riemann, P., Gwynn-Jones, D., Kondratchuk, A. & Jonasson, S. E. 2003 In : Journal of Ecology.84, 12, p. 3209-322113 p.
UV-B radiation induced changes in litter quality affects earthworm growth and cast characteristics as determined by metabolic fingerprintingGwynn-Jones, D., Huang, W., Easton, G. L., Goodacre, R. & Scullion, J. 2003 In : Pedobiologia.47, 5-6, p. 784-7872 p.
Use of earthworm casts to validate FT-IR spectroscopy as a 'sentinel' technology for high-throughput monitoring of global changes in microbial ecologyScullion, J., Elliott, G. N., Huang, W., Goodacre, R., Worgan, H., Darby, R. M., Bailey, M. J., Gwynn-Jones, D., Griffith, G. W., Winson, M. K., Williams, P. A., Clegg, C. D. & Draper, J. 2003 In : Pedobiologia.47, 5-6, p. 440-4467 p.
Ecological roles of solar UV radiation: towards an integrated approachGwynn-Jones, D. & Paul, N. D. 2002 p. 48-558 p.
The nitrogen fixation potential of arctic cryptogram species is influenced by enhanced UV-B radiationSolheim, B., Johanson, U., Callaghan, T. V., Lee, J. A., Gwynn-Jones, D. & Bjorn, L. O. 2002 In : Oecologia.133, 1, p. 90-934 p.
Arctic microorganisms respond more to elevated UV-B radiation than CO2Johnson, D., Campbell, C. D., Lee, J. A., Callaghan, T. V. & Gwynn-Jones, D. 2002 In : Nature.p. 82-832 p.
Effects of global change on a sub-Arctic heath: effects of enhanced UV-B radiation and increased summer precipitationPhoenix, G. K., Gwynn-Jones, D., Callaghan, T. V., Sleep, D. & Lee, J. A. 2001 In : Journal of Ecology.89, 2, p. 256-26712 p.
Global change and arctic ecosystems: is lichen decline a function of increases in vascular plant biomassCornelissen, J. H. C., Callaghan, T. V., Alatalo, J. M., Michelsen, A., Graglia, E., Hartley, A. E., Hik, D. S., Hobbie, S. E., Press, M. C., Robinson, C. H., Henry, G. H. R., Shaver, G. R., Phoenix, G. K., Gwynn-Jones, D., Jonasson, S. E., Chapin III, F. S., Molau, U., Neill, C., Lee, J. A., Melillo, J. M., Sveinbjörnsson, B. & Aerts, R. 2001 In : Journal of Ecology.89, 6, p. 984-99411 p.
The direct effects of UV-B radiation on Betula pubescens litter decomposing at four European field sitesMoody, S. A., Paul, N. D., Bjorn, L. O., Callaghan, T. V., Lee, J. A., Manetas, Y., Rozema, J., Gwynn-Jones, D., Johanson, U., Kyparissis, A. & Oudejans, A. M. C. 2001 In : Plant Ecology.154, 1-2, p. 1-22 p.
Short-term impacts of enhanced UV-B radiation on photo-assimilate allocation and metabolism: a possible interpretation for time-dependent inhibition of growthGwynn-Jones, D. 2001 In : Plant Ecology.154, 1-2, p. 1-22 p.
Time to chill: Effects of simulated global change on leaf ice nucleation temperatures of subarctic vegetationBeerling, D. J., Terry, A. C., Mitchell, P. L., Callaghan, T. V., Gwynn-Jones, D. & Lee, J. A. 2001 In : American Journal of Botany.88, 4, p. 628-6336 p.