Dr Melanie Smith
Trustee; Director of Research and Innovation, Inverness College, UHI
Melanie is the Director of the Rivers and Lochs Institute at the University of Highlands and Islands, Inverness College and has been a member of local fisheries organisations since 2003. Her research interests focus on riverine biodiversity management, and particularly the importance of trees and forests in catchments and how these influence the abundance and diversity of the freshwater habitat.
Her background includes an Honours degree in Biology and Geography and a Ph.D. (University of London) in palaeocology relating the history of the landscape and vegetation of Lairg in Sutherland, with the prehistoric people who farmed, fished and managed the natural resources of the land over thousands of years.
In 2003, Melanie joined UHI, where she oversaw the formation of the Rivers and Lochs Institute, forestry research and the Centre for Remote and Sustainable Communities. She currently leads the development of research and postgraduate activity. Melanie has also been involved with the research of the River Carron restoration and conservation programme since 2003, working with Bob Kindness and the Carron owners to ensure the conservation of salmon in the river is informed by research.