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David Skydmore

Professor, Animal and Plant Biology; Chair in Rural Policy

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David Skydmore

Room: Mitchelmore, Northop campus


+44 (0) 1978 293968



With nearly 30 years of academic experience in horticulture, wildlife and plant biology, Professor David Skydmore holds the Chair of Rural Policy at Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University in the School of Social and Life Sciences. 

David is also Academic Campus Leader for the University’s Northop campus which is home to an organic market garden (which hosts community growing plots), a sustainable woodland being restored to its deciduous state, and meadows managed for biodiversity which provide  research and experimental areas to students

David also has the role of Director of Horticulture Wales, a Welsh Government project to help growers and food processors by improving supply chain efficiencies and promoting a sustainable and identifiably Welsh, horticulture sector.

David achieved a PhD in Plant Health from Bangor University in population biology and plant pathology and a Fellowship at Cambridge University and visiting fellowship at Trinity College Dublin. He currently sits on the committees of the UK Plant Health Strategic Advisory Forum and the Wales Tree and Plant Health Group.

PhD, MA, BSc

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Fellow of the Linnean Society of London

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Chartered Science Teacher

Supervisor for conservation and ecology research dissertations


Programme Leader – Foundation Year Biosciences

Module taught: Introduction to Biosciences


Skydmore D. (2013) ‘Food Security: some issues impacting on future food availability’. Food Security

Rural policy and land use


Plant health

Population biology and spatial analysis

Horticulture supply chain management