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University Scientists listed as Highly Cited

01/27/2003 11:46:10

Three Lancaster University scientists have been listed as Highly Cited by the Institute of Scientific Information.

Professor Bill Davies from Biological Sciences is 1 of only 8 UK academics (out of 109) to be highly cited in the Plant and Animal Science category.

Professor Keith Beven and Professor Kevin Jones from Environmental Science are listed as highly cited in the Ecology and Environment category out of only 14 UK academics listed. No other 5* Environmental Science Departments in the UK were represented in the list.

In another listing compiled by In-Cites, Professor Kevin Jones has been listed as 4th out of 20 most cited scientists in Environment/Ecology 1992-2002.

Professor Kevin Jones heads the Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology Group. His research interests include the long-term trends in environmental contamination, human exposure to organic chemicals and global distribution and cycling of persistent organic pollutants. Professor Jones recently devised a test using butter to track levels of air pollution.

Professor Beven heads the University's Hydrology and Environmental Modelling Group and has been recently awarded one of only six NERC Long Term Funding Awards to refine methods of estimating uncertainty in environmental models. He is also listed as Highly Cited in the Engineering category.

Professor Bill Davies heads a Lancaster group that investigates long-distance stress signalling in plants. The group has exploited plant signalling systems in the development of a new irrigation system called Partial Root Drying (PRD). The EU has funded a substantial investigation of the effects of PRD on water use and crop growth in the Mediterranean region.

Professor Trevor McMillan, dean of Environmental and Natural Sciences said:

"Professors Beven, Jones and Davies are to be warmly congratulated. These reports are a testament to the internationally-respected science that takes place in our Environmental Science and Biological Sciences departments. They also demonstrate the high quality of the science that will be at the heart of the Lancaster Environment Centre. This is a new initiative that brings together over 200 environmental and biological scientists funded by Lancaster University and the Natural Environment Research Council, making it one of the highest concentrations of environmental research in the world."

Being designated as highly cited is particularly significant because Citation is a key measure of influence in science and technology, because when one researcher refers to the work of another, they are acknowledging the influence that work has had on their own.