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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Jonathan Mosedale

Dr Jonathan Mosedale

Research Fellow

 07760 275087

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Environment & Sustainability Institute of the University of Exeter. I carry out policy-facing research on topics primarily relating to the protection and restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity with both regional and national partners.

Current Projects

Climate service for plant pest/pathogen risk

The project is a collaboration between scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter University, and plant pest risk experts at Defra (Plant Health Team) and Forest Research. With Prof Ilya Maclean, I am researching the application of microclimate modelling to pest risk monitoring and management.

Mapping historic habitats

With colleagues in Digital Humanities and Archaeology, I am exploring the application of AI to digital repositories of historic maps and remote sensing imagery to improve our understanding of historic changes in land cover and use. The project builds on previous research mapping historic forest cover across Cornwall (c. 1860s) from the analysis of 1st edition Ordnance Survey maps.

Completed Projects

SWEEP (South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity) 

I was a SWEEP Impact Fellow leading work on the ‘Mainstreaming Environmental Growth’ project which supported delivery of Cornwall’s Environmental Growth Strategy. The project developed the LAGAS suite of regional mapping tools in support of strategies and policies that protect and renew ecosystems and biodiversity. The project also supported the work of the Tevi programme with small and medium sized businesses throughout Cornwall realise opportunities for growth, improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.  Funded by NERC.

Prospects for Cornish wine in a warmer world

I was Post-doctoral Research Fellow on this interdisciplinary project involving the development and empirical validation of fine-resolution climate maps for vineyards in Cornwall. The work explored with regional winemakers present and future climate risks and opportunities to winemaking. Funded by European Social Fund and NERC.

Prior Experience

  • Doctoral and Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and at INRAE Montpellier, working on the properties of oak wood influencing the maturation of wines and spirits. 
  • Statistician and Senior Policy Adviser for the UK Department for Transport.
  • Independent research consultancy work for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall AONB on habitat opportunity mapping.
  • I maintain an active interest in the public understanding of science, particularly in relationship with policy and religion. I was awarded a Science and Religion course award from the Templeton Foundation (2000), was associate lecturer at the Institut de Théologie Protestant de Montpellier (2000-01), and awarded a writing fellowship on science and religion with Arizona State University (2016-7).


  • DPhil. Variation of oak wood properties influencing the maturation of whisky, Department of Plant Sciences,University of Oxford.
  • MSc. Biological Computation, University of York.
  • BSc. Biology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.
  • Licence (BA) Theology, Faculté de Théologie Protestante, Montpellier & Paris. 

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Journal articles

Mosedale JR, Abernethy KE, Smart RE, Wilson RJ, Maclean IMD (2016). Climate change impacts and adaptive strategies: lessons from the grapevine. Glob Chang Biol, 22(11), 3814-3828. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mosedale J, Wilson RJ, Maclean IMD (2015). Climate Change and Crop Exposure to Adverse Weather: Changes to Frost Risk and Grapevine Flowering Conditions. PLOS ONE, 10(10). Abstract.
Mosedale JR, Feuillat F, Baumes R, Dupouey JL, Puech JL (1998). Variability of wood extractives among Quercus robur and Quercus petraea trees from mixed stands and their relation to wood anatomy and leaf morphology. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 28(7), 994-1006. Abstract.
Mosedale JR, Puech JL (1998). Wood maturation of distilled beverages. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 9(3), 95-101. Abstract.
Mosedale JR, Savill PS (1996). Variation of heartwood phenolics and oak lactones between the species and phenological types of Quercus petraea and Q. robur. Forestry, 69(1), 47-55. Abstract.
Mosedale JR, Ford A (1996). Variation of the flavour and extractives of European oak wood from two French forests. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 70(3), 273-287. Abstract.


Mosedale JR, Puech JL, Feuillat F (1999). The influence on wine flavor of the oak species and natural variation of heartwood components. Abstract.
Puech JL, Feuillat F, Mosedale JR (1999). The tannins of oak heartwood: Structure, properties, and their influence on wine flavor. Abstract.

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