University of Aberdeen
Current Position Reader
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Modelling plant growth and soil function
  • Quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from anthropogenic activity
  • Environmental impact of low carbon energy and transport infrastructure
  • Environmental impact of offshore asset decommissioning and re-use for CCS
  • Greenhouse gas removal by BECCS and Afforestation

Recent Key Papers

  • Astley Hastings, Michal Mos, Jalil A Yesufu, Jon McCalmont, Kai Schwarz, Reza Shafei, Chris Ashman, Chris Nunn, Heinrich Schuele, Salvatore Cosentino, Giovanni Scalici, Danilo Scordia, Moritz Wagner, John Clifton-Brown. 2017, Economic and environmental assessment of seed and rhizome propagated Miscanthus in the UK. Frontiers of Plant Science: 8, 1058
  • Albanito, F, Hastings, A, Fitton, N, Richards, M, Martin, M, Mac Dowell, N, Bell, D, Taylor, SC, Butnar, I, Li, PH, Slade, R & Smith, P 2019, ‘Mitigation potential and environmental impact of centralized versus distributed BECCS with domestic biomass production in Great Britain’, Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 11, no. 10, pp. 1234-1252.
  • Hastings, A 2018, Bio-energies impact on Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services: Compared to other energy technologies. in Z Qin, U Mishra & A Hastings (eds), Bioenergy and Land Use Change. Geophysical Monograph Series, vol. 231, Wiley, pp. 83-97.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Quantifying the impact of low carbon transportation pathways on ecosystem services in the UK.
  • Quantifying the impact of large scale bioenergy CCS in the UK.
  • Determining the greenhouse gas emissions of Pelagic Fishing in the UK.
  • Quantifying Greenhouse gas emissions/environmental impact of decommissioning UK offshore oil and gas installations.
  • Investigating the potential for bioenergy feedstock production in the Loess Plateau in China.
  • Quantifying the environmental impact of recent housing developments in Aberdeen.
  • Investigating methods and environmental impact of decommissioning pipelines in place by burial
  • Value and uses of waste biomass in the circular economy
  • Spatial mapping of bio-hazards in historical heavy metal industrial sites