Harriet Rix

Trees, Science and Research Project Manager

As Tree Science and Research Projects Manager, Harriet works on practical ways to improve the treescape in Britain. Her key areas of research are Tree Strategies and the effect of tree pests and diseases on the treescape, for example ash dieback disease and oak processionary moth (OPM).

Harriet studied Biochemistry and the History of Science at Oxford and Cambridge before working in landmine clearance in the Middle East. The terrible effects of environmental degradation that she witnessed there prompted her to join the tree sector, and she joined the Tree Council in January 2019.

Harriet says about trees:

“Trees inspire me with visceral wonder, and biochemically they remain a source of endless fascination; there is still so much that we don’t know about their circadian rhythms, metabolic adjustments and protective pathways.”

Harriet’s favourite tree:

“Caught between the excitement of the rare endemic Sorbus devoniensis and the elegance of the Common Beech, I find it very hard to choose a favourite, but as a genus oaks probably just come out top of the tree! From the Sessile Oak I grew up with in SW England, to the Aleppo Oak which was still hanging on in Iraq when I was living there, I never cease to marvel at their majesty.”