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Dr Dawn Scott

Dr Dawn Scott

LEEP Centre Manager & Senior Programme Development Manager


 +44 (0) 1392 725474

 Xfi Building 


Xfi Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST, UK


Dawn is an experienced research, business and impact development professional, who has fulfilled a wide range of roles at the interface between academia and enterprise, particularly within the environmental sector. A qualified Programme Manager, with extensive experience of managing and leading projects, programmes, large scale funding proposals and teams within the HEI sector.

Dawn currently has two roles:

Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager - Responsible for Projects and Programmes in the Environment and Clean Growth Team, Exeter Innovation. 

Centre Manager for The Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP). LEEP undertakes internationally inspiring and frontier defining research for government and business decision makers, to deliver sustainable social value through the application of economics to environmental and societal challenges. See

During 2017-2023 Dawn was the Programme Manager for the highly successful and award winning South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP). SWEEP was a six-year impact programme funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) which applied environmental research to bring natural capital into the heart of decision making, to benefit the environment, society and economy. It was an exemplar of best practice in the South West of the UK. See

During 2021-2023 Dawn was the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence (JCEEI) Centre Manager. The JCEEI undertakes cutting-edge research and innovative, interdisciplinary education and training. It brings together exciting new science and environmental knowledge with data science and artificial intelligence. Together world-leading researchers from the University and the Met Office are spearheading the development of Environmental Intelligence and promoting the UK as a global trailblazer in this fast-growing field. See

Dawn studied zoology BSc at Durham University, has an MSc and PhD in environmental science from the University of Exeter, and then went on to undertake a NERC funded post-doc position studying invasive fish species. Dawn joined the professional services at Exeter in 2007, gaining a wealth of experience in research, impact and partnership development, all within the environment sector. Dawn is  a qualified Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and HR Investigating Officer.


  • PhD Environmental Science
  • MSc Biological Research Methods
  • BSc Zoology
  • Mental Health in the Work Place (Qualsafe Level 3 Award)
  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) qualified practitioner
  • Acas HR Investigating Officer

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Journal articles

Stakenas S, Copp GH, Scott DM (2009). Tagging effects on three non-native fish species in England (Lepomis gibbosus, Pseudorasbora parva, Sander lucioperca) and of native Salmo trutta. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 18(2), 167-176. Abstract.
Scott DM, Rabineau J, Wilson RW, Hodgson DJ, Brown JA (2008). Can pikeperch colonise new freshwater systems via estuaries? Evidence from behavioural salinity tests. Marine and Freshwater Research, 59(8), 694-702. Abstract.
Scott DM, Wilson RW, Brown JA (2007). Can sunbleak Leucaspius delineatus or topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva disperse through saline waters?. Journal of Fish Biology, 71(SUPPL. D), 70-86. Abstract.
Brown, J.A. Wilson, R.W. (2007). The osmoregulatory ability of the European invasive species sunbleak Leucaspius delineatus and topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva at elevated salinities, and their likely dispersal via brackish waters. Journal of Fish Biology, 70, 1606-1614.
Wilson, R.W. (2007). Three species of fish from an eutrophic, seasonally alkaline lake are not more tolerant to acute high pH exposure in the laboratory. Journal of Fish Biology, 70, 551-566.
Scott DM, Lucas MC, Wilson RW (2005). The effect of high pH on ion balance, nitrogen excretion and behaviour in freshwater fish from an eutrophic lake: a laboratory and field study. Aquat Toxicol, 73(1), 31-43. Abstract.  Author URL.

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