Curriculum Vitae: Dr Keith Ronald Skene
1. Personal and Professional Details
Tel: +44 (0)1382818539
W: www.biosri.org ; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keith-Skene/e/B0034PPN00
2. Higher Education
1991-94 BSc (Honours), First class, in Botany, University of Dundee
1994-97 PhD: The Development and Function of Cluster Roots in Grevillea robusta Cunn ex R.Br (Proteaceae) Supervisors: Professor John Raven FRS and Professor Janet Sprent FRSE, University of Dundee
2010-present Director of the Biosphere Research Institute
2013-present Visiting Research Fellow, University of Winchester Business School
2012-2013 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds Business School
2012-2014 Consultant with the Centre for Low Carbon Futures
1997-2010 Lecturer, College of Life Sciences and College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Dundee
2003-present Annual visiting lecturer in Czech Republic, teaching two-week courses to PhD students
1994-present Worked in South East Asia, North-East Australia, East Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean on a wide range of agricultural and ecological projects, including wetlands (The Nariva Swamp in Trinidad) and rainforest. Significant experience in Kenyan agro-forestry projects, working with farmers, with the World Agro-forestry Centre (International Centre for Research in Agro-forestry), related to reductions in fertilizers, soil stability and crop management.
Fluent in English and French.
First to fourth year undergraduate courses in natural history, Masters supervision and teaching;
Development and teaching of CPD programme with Dundee City Council Education;
PhD supervision in Ecology and Design;
Masters project supervision: Environmental Biology MRes (University of St Andrews) and B Med Sciprojects;
Masters teaching: Lead and teaching on the Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring and Management Unit on the Sustainable Catchment Management MSc programme, University of Dundee;
Teach on the Sustainable Development Masters programme, St Andrews University;
Visiting Lecturer at Faculty of Forestry, Mendel University, Czech Republic, University of Poznan, Poland and University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Key areas of ongoing research interest
Sustainable design (philosophy and practice)
Invitations to speak at International and National conferences:
Invited Speaker, Edinburgh International Science Festival, March, 2013;
Keynote Speaker, Sustainability Forum, Dundee, 2012;
Keynote speaker, Scottish Wildlife Trust Annual Meeting, Forfar 2011;
Keynote Speaker, Sustainability Forum, Dundee, 2011;
Invited speaker, Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham, 2010, 2011 and 2012;
Keynote speaker, British Association of Science, University of Dundee, 2010;
Invited Speaker at sustainability Institute, University of St Andrews, 2010;
Invited Speaker, Sustainability forum, University of Dundee 2009;
Invited speaker Inspiration and Discovery Symposium, Sensations, Dundee 2004;
Invited Speaker Designer Bodies, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh 2004
Keynote Speaker, 10th International Lupin Conference, Laugarvatn, Iceland, 2002
Invited speaker, Structure and Functioning of Cluster Roots, UWA, Australia 2001;
Invited speaker at the IACR-Rothamsted Millennium Conference, Interactions in the Root Environment – an Integrated Approach 2000;
Invited speaker at the SEB Roots Symposium, Exeter 2000;
Invited speaker at the XVI International Botanical Congress, St Louis 1999;
Invited Speaker at Linnean Society of London meeting: Evolution on Planet Earth, London 1999;
Invited speaker at the Scottish Roots Group Annual Meeting, Dundee 1999.
External Invitations for Departmental Research Seminars
University of Aberdeen;
University of Lancaster;
University of Stirling;
University of St Andrews;
Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh;
John Innes Research Institute;
University of Sheffield;
Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic;
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland;
University of Cluj Napoca, Romania;
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia;
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia;
University of Queensland, Australia;
University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad.
Conference Organizer and Proceedings Editor
Society of Experimental Biology: Roots Symposium, Exeter 2000. Proceedings published in Journal of Experimental Botany (2001) Roots Special Issue Volume 52 (suppl. 1): 381-511;
Invited speaker at the XVI International Botanical Congress, St Louis 1999. Proceedings published in Annals of Botany (2000) Volume 85 (6): 899-936.
Peer Reviews for International Journals and Research Councils
Reviewer of research papers for Annals of Botany, Trees, Functional Ecology, Journal of Experimental Botany, New Phytologist, Plant and Soil, Journal of Experimental Botany, Ecological Modelling, Arid Land Research Management and Oecologia.
Book Reviewer for Experimental Agriculture and Bios;
NERC and BBSRC grant reviewer.
1996/7 Association of Rhodes Scholars of Australia Scholarship.
1999 Selected for Cold Spring Harbor Protein Course, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Prof. Klement Rejek, Mendel University, Czech Republic; Prof. Chin Ong, ICRAF, Kenya; Dr David Odee, KEFRI, Kenya; Dr Gina Czernecki, Melbourne; Dr Ayub Khan, Trinidad; Prof. Peter de Ruiter, Utrecht; Prof. Huang Diem, ORSTROM, France; Prof. Lyn Jones, University of Dundee; Prof. Daniel Janzen, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica; Dr Lucy Shepherd, CEH, Bush; Dr Peter John, ANU, Australia; Dr Susan Grayston, MLURI; Dr Helaina Black, CEH Merlewood; Dr Brian Griffiths, SCRI; Prof. John Raven, University of Dundee; Dr Rob Nielson, SCRI; Dr Steve Millam SCRI, Dr Simon Kerley, Rothamsted; Dr Corina Catana, University of Cluj, Romania.
7. Administrative and Community Contributions
Continuing Education Working Group, University of Dundee (2008-2012);
Convenor, Environmental and Applied Biology Board, University of Dundee (2008-2010)
Termination of Studies Committee (2007-2010);
School Board (2006-2010);
Admissions Tutor (1999 to 2010);
Advisor of Studies (1999 to 2010);
Faculty Board (1998-2001);
Second Year group leader (2000-2003);
Nuffield Bursaries Faculty Convenor (1998-2005);
DUAL Access Department Convenor (1999-2003);
Disabilities Officer (2007 - present);
Socrates Erasmus Faculty Convenor (1999-2005), where I signed bilateral agreements
with universities in Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic, leading to student
Continuing Education Tutor (1999_- present);
RSE Masterclass Tutor (2007 - present);
Life Sciences Teaching Network Discipline consultant for Ecology in the United Kingdom (2001-2004);
Plant Biology Committee member, Society of Experimental Biology (1999-2004);
Founder and treasurer of the Scottish Roots Group (SRG) (1999-present);
Consultant for Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Wildlife Trust and Tay Estuary Forum (1999-present);
Council Member, Botanical Society of Scotland (2000-2005);
SETPOINT Faculty Co-ordinator (1998-2005);
8. Industry/government/non-governmental/charity collaborations
Industry Environmental impact assessment consultation for industry, management training with Metal Box, Land Rover and Debenhams.
National Government and NGOs Consultation and research contracts with the government agency, Scottish Natural Heritage:
- on Meikle Kilrannock (ecotone stability, rare species conservation, heavy metal cycling in food webs and diversity assessment);
- on Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve (vulnerability assessment, resilience of communities to pollution using food web studies; Reserve management consultation involving assessment of insect, mammal and plant diversity under different management strategies; the role of salinity in biodiversity).
Charitable organisations - Scottish Wildlife Trust: reintroduction of the rare small blue butterfly by habitat reconstruction;
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: habitat management for Tetrao urogallus L. (Capercaillie).
Local government - Dundee City Council: : Schools learning and teaching support database;
: Curriculum support science programme;
: Founded first Science in September event in conjunction with Dundee City
Council, with five hundred primary school children : New CPD programme.
- Angus Council: Level 2 Foster Carer (2010 to present), trainer and interview panelist. Fostered 12 children from age 0 to 12 years of age.
Other activities: Chair, Parents’ Council, Letham Primary School: 2011-14.
9. Professional Status
Director of the Biosphere Research Institute (BIORI);
Co-ordinator of the European Plant Ecophysiology Consortium (EPEC), a consortium of eight European universities focusing on teaching and research;
Ecology Network set up by me as National Consultant for Ecology in the Life Sciences Teaching Network Discipline for Ecology;
Founder and Secretary of the Scottish Roots Group;
Joint symposium organiser for Society of Experimental Biology 2000. Guest editor of resulting special issue of Journal of Experimental Botany;
Represented Summer School Access Courses in Higher Education at the 15th Commonwealth meeting of leaders;
Symposium organiser for International Botanical Congress St. Louis 1999. Guest editor of special volume of Annals of Botany;
Reviewer for Functional Ecology, Oecologia, New Phytologist, Plant Cell and Environment, Annals of Botany, Trees, European Journal of Soil Science and Plant and Soil;
NERC grant reviewer.
10. Publications List
Books, Reports and Chapters
(i) Skene, K.R. and Murray, A. (2015). Sustainable Economics: Comnterxt, Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st-Century Practitioner. Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK.
(ii) Skene, K.R. and Murray, A. (2012). The Circular Economy: A Literature Review. Centre for Low Carbon Futures, York.
(iii) Skene, K.R. and Murray, A. (2012). The Circular Economy: A Definitional Paper. Centre for Low Carbon Futures, York.
(iv) Skene K.R. (2011). Escape from Bubbleworld: Seven Curves to Save the Earth. Ard Macha Press.
(v) Skene K.R. (2009). Putting Colour into your Curriculum: Flexible classroom Activities for Science Teachers. Ard Macha Press.
(vi) Skene K.R. (2009). Shadows on the Cave Wall: A New Theory of Evolution. Ard Macha Press.
(vii) Raven, J.A. & Skene, K.R. (2003). Chemistry of the Oceans: The Environment of Early Life. In: Evolution on Planet Earth – The Impact of the Physical Environment. Eds. L.J. Rothschild & A.M. Lister. Academic Press, San Diego. 55-64.
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
From Web of Knowledge: 303 citations, 269 without auto-citations.
Hirsch index =12
Latest: Alan Murray, Keith Skene and Kathryn Haynes (2015). The circular economy: an interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and application in a global context. Journal of Business Ethics, May 2015.
- Skene, K.R. (2015). Life’s a gas: a thermodynamic theory of biological evolution. Entropy 17: 5522-5548.
- Vranova, V., Rejsek, K., Skene, K.R., Janous, D. and Formanek, P. (2013) Methods of collection of plant root exudates in relation to plant metabolism and purpose: a review. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 176: 175-199.
- Skene, K.R. (2013) The energetics of ecological succession: a logistic model of entropic output. Ecological Modelling 250:287-293.
- Skene, K.R. (2011) Form, function, forests and fossils: sustainability revisited. Contemporary Review 293: 462-472.
- Vranova, V., Zahradnickova, H., Janous, D., Skene, K.R., Matharu, A.S., Rejsek, K. and Formanek, P. (2011). The significance of D-amino acids in soil, fate and utilization by microbes and plants: review and identification of knowledge gaps. Plant and Soil in press.
- Vranova, V., Rejsek, K., Skene, K.R. and Formanek, P. (2011). Non-protein amino acids: plant, soil and ecosystem interactions. Plant and Soil 342: 31-48.
- Skene, K.R. (2010). After the Copenhagen Conference: Carbon is not the planet’s greatest threat. Contemporary Review 292: 15-22.
- Carfrae, J.A., Skene, K.R., Sheppard, L.J., Ingleby, K. and Crossley, A. (2006). Effects of nitrogen with and without acidified sulphur on an ectomycorrhizal community in a Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis Bong. Carr) forest. Environmental Pollution 141(1): 131-138. IF 3.14
- McCluskey J., Herdman, L & Skene KR. (2004). Iron deficiency induces changes in metabolism of citrate in lateral roots and cluster roots of Lupinus albus L.. Physiologia Plantarum 121: 586-594. IF 3.07
- Skene, K.R. (2004). Key differences in photosynthetic characteristics of nine species of intertidal macroalgae are related to their position on the shore. Canadian Journal of Botany 82(2): 177-184. IF 1.10
- Taylor, B. & Skene, K.R. (2003). Forensic palynology: spatial and temporal considerations of pollen deposition in forensic investigations. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences 35 (2) 193-204. IF 0.50
- Skene, K.R. (2003). The evolution of physiology and development in the cluster root: teaching an old dog new tricks? Plant and Soil 248: 21-30. IF 2.77
- Skene, K.R. (2003). Plant-insect interactions in ultramafic habitats. Recent Research Developments in Entomology 4: 59-75.
- Wall, J.W., Skene, K.R. & Neilson R. (2002). Nematode community and trophic structure along a sand dune succession. Biology and Fertility of Soils 35: 293-301. IF 2.16
- Skene, K.R. (2001). Cluster roots: model experimental tools for key biological problems. Journal of Experimental Botany 52: 479-485. IF 4.82
- Hagstrom, J., James, W.M. & Skene, K.R. (2001). A comparison of structure, development and function in cluster roots of Lupinus albus L. under phosphate and iron stress. Plant and Soil 232: 81-90. IF 2.77
- Hoang, D. & Skene, K.R. (2001). Certaines plantes capturent leurs nutriments ´ l’aide d’écouvillons. Recherche 343: 40-42.
- Averiss, R.J. & Skene, K.R. (2001). Changes in nutrient heterogeneity in a sand dune succession at Tentsmuir Point, Eastern Scotland. Botanical Journal of Scotland 53(I): 45-56. IF 2.05
- Skene, K.R., Sprent, J.I., Raven J.A. & Herdman, L. (2000). Biological Flora of the British Isles. Myrica gale L. Journal of Ecology 88: 1079-1094. IF 5.26
- Skene, K.R. (2000). Pattern formation in cluster roots: some developmental and evolutionary considerations. Annals of Botany 85: 901-908. IF 3.39
- Skene, K.R. & James, W.M. (2000). A comparison of the effects of NAA on cluster root initiation and development in Grevillea robusta and in the genus Lupinus (Leguminoseae). Plant and Soil 219: 221-229. IF 2.77
- Skene, K.R. (2000). Cluster roots: their physiology, ecology and developmental biology. Annals of Botany 85: 899. IF 3.39
- Davison, G, Lambie, C.L., James, W.M., Skene, M.E. & Skene, K.R. (1999). A comparison of heavy metal content in insects associated with ultramafic and non-ultramafic sites in the Scottish Highlands. Ecological Entomology 24: 1-6. IF 1.85
- Skene, K.R. (1998). Cluster roots: some ecological considerations. Journal of Ecology 86: 1062-1066. IF 5.26
- Skene, K.R., Raven, J.A., Sprent, J.I. (1998). Cluster root development in Grevillea robusta (Proteaceae) I. Xylem, pericycle, cortex and epidermal development in a determinate root. New Phytologist 138: 725-732 IF 6.52
- Skene, K.R., Sutherland, J.M., Raven, J.A., Sprent, J.I. (1998). Cluster root development in Grevillea robusta (Proteaceae) II. The development of the endodermis in a determinate root and in an indeterminate, lateral root. New Phytologist 138: 733-742. IF 6.52
- Skene, K.R. & Raven, J.A. (1998). Photosynthetic characteristics of nine species of marine macroalgae on the east coast of Scotland in relation to the intertidal position in which they occur. Botanical Journal of Scotland 50(1): 55-62. IF 2.05
- Skene, K.R., Kierans, M., Sprent, J.I., Raven, J.A. (1996). Structural aspects of cluster root development and their possible significance for nutrient acquisition in Grevillea robusta (Proteaceae). Annals of Botany 77: 443-451. IF 3.39
- Skene, K.R., Sprent, J.I. & Ong, C.K. (1996). Cluster roots of Grevillea robusta – foragers or scavengers? Agroforestry Today 8(2): 11-12.
(iii) Visual exhibits
Arts Catalyst Production, Clean Rooms, London 2000
Oldham Museum and Art Gallery Natural History Museum London 2003
Humancraft Union Fish Building, Auckland, NZ 2005
Infected (2000) Commissioned by Capture commissions A.C.E. Produced by David Metcalfe Associates.
Microwave Festival, Hong Kong, 2001;
Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, 2003;
The Place Theatre, London, 2002;
UK Tour 15 venues throughout the UK, 2002/3.
Contagion Wellcome Trust Sciart 2005-2008
In 2005 the Sciart scheme funded us as one of 14 new projects through Development Awards and Production and Research Awards. This was the first such award made to the University of Dundee. http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Public-engagement/Past-funding/WTD038568.htm
Brisbane Festival, The Block, QUT, Brisbane, Australia, 2008.
Numerous appearances on radio and television documentaries, including Countryfile, BBC World Service and on GTV.