Ashley Lyons

Ashley began life at Edge Hill University as an undergraduate student in 2008 on the BSc Biology degree. She obtained her PhD in Ecology in May 2017, which examined the impacts of contrasting livestock grazing management on spiders, carabid beetles and plants in upland calcareous grasslands. Following this she spent a month in Germany as a visiting scientist at the Agroecology group at Georg-August University Göttingen comparing calcareous grassland management in Germany to the UK.

She has worked closely with conservation agencies and is currently working in the department as a post-doctoral researcher, producing a management document for upland calcareous grassland in the UK.

Ashley organised the Grassland Conservation Conference 2017 which aimed to bridge the gap between research and conservation practice and is currently working on establishing a research-into-practice initiative to promote better understanding of conservation grazing and the means for delivering it more effectively.

In 2018 Ashley became a member of the Editorial Board for the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group journal Palaearctic Grasslands.

Ashley is a member of the Royal Entomological Society, British Ecological Society, British Arachnological Society and the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group.

Teaching

In 2012 Ashley completed a PGCE in Secondary Science, gaining a distinction. She teaches across the BSc Biology, BSc Ecology and MSc Conservation Management courses.

Awards

XXV International Congress of Entomology 2016 Graduate Student Oral Competition category: Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture: Agricultural Systems – runner up

Anne Keymar Prize, British Ecological Society 2016 – runner up

Oxford University Press Achievement in Biosciences Prize 2011

Publications

Journal Articles

Lyons, A., Ashton, P., Powell, I., Oxbrough, A., 2018. Epigeal spider assemblage responses to vegetation structure under contrasting grazing management in upland calcareous grasslands. Insect Conservation and Diversity11: 383-935. . DOI: 10.1111/icad.12287

Lyons, A., Ashton, P., Powell, I., Oxbrough, A., 2018. Habitat associations of epigeal spiders in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: the importance for conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27:1201-1219. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-017-1488-4

Lyons, A., Ashton, P., Powell, I., Oxbrough, A., 2017. Impacts of contrasting conservation grazing management on plants and carabid beetles in upland calcareous grasslands. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment. 244:22-31.

Refereed Policy Documents

Lyons A., Ashton P.A. and Oxbrough A. 2018Managing biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: a case study of spiders and ground beetles. Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK. Pages 1 – 33. ISBN: 978-1-900230-62-9. Free Download Here.

Invited Speaker Talks

Lyons A., Powell I., Ashton P., Oxbrough A. (2017) “Impacts of Contrasting Grazing Management on Biodiversity in Upland Calcareous Grasslands” Agroecology seminar series, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany.

Conference Talks

Lyons, A, Powell I, Ashton P and Oxbrough A (2016) “Spider community responses to contrasting grazing management in upland calcareous grasslands” British Ecological Society, Liverpool, United Kingdom, ACC.

Lyons, A, Powell I, Ashton P and Oxbrough A (2016) “Can Plants be used as Indicators of the Impacts of Livestock Grazing on Carabid Beetles in Upland Calcareous Grassland?” 4th International Symposium of Carabidology, Athens, Georgia, USA, Finchums Phoenix.

Lyons, A, Powell I, Ashton P and Oxbrough A (2016) “Spider community responses to contrasting grazing management in upland calcareous grasslands” International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, Florida, USA, Orange County Convention Centrex.

Lyons, A, Powell I, Ashton P and Oxbrough A (2015) “Can Plants be used as Indicators of the Impacts of Livestock Grazing on Carabid Beetles in Upland Calcareous Grassland?” International Congress of Conservation Biology, Montpellier, France, Le Corum.

Lyons, A, Powell I, Ashton P and Oxbrough A (2014) “Impact of Contrasting Grazing Management on Upland Limestone Grassland” Conservation and Research Management, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Lyons, A, Powell I, Oxbrough, A and Ashton P (2013) “Impact of Grazing on Upland Limestone Vegetation”, International Congrex of Ecology, London, Excel Centre.

Lyons, A, Powell, I, Oxbrough, A and Ashton, P (2013) “North Yorkshire Upland Limestones: The Impact of Livestock Grazing on Vegetation”, Malham Tarn Research Seminar, Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire, Malham Tarn FCS.

Poster Presentations

Lyons, A, Powell I, Ashton P and Oxbrough A (2015) “Can Plants be used as Indicators of the Impacts of Livestock Grazing on Carabid Beetles in Upland Calcareous Grassland?” International Congress of Conservation Biology, Montpellier, France, Le Corum.

Lyons, A, Ashton, P, Powell, I and Oxbrough, A (2014) “The Impact of Livestock Grazing on Carabid Beetles in Upland Limestone Areas” European Congress of Entomology, York, Great Britain.

Lyons, A, Powell, I, Oxbrough, A and Ashton, P (2012) “Impact of Contrasting Management on Upland Limestone Vegetation” Poster Presented at the British Ecological Society Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK.

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