Dr David C Howard

Dr David C Howard

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre
Library Avenue
T: +44 (0)1524 595800
F: +44 (0)1524 61536
E-mail: Dr David Howard

I hold a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship for Environmental Monitoring that seeks to link academic research to policy and commerce. I am also the director of the Lancaster Environment Centre's Centre for Sustainable Energy, and sit on the Steering Committee of Energy Lancaster. I was one of the founding co-directors of the UK Energy Research Centre leading the theme on Environmental Sustainability and sat on the Board of Governors of the Joule Centre.

My PhD was in the population biology of tropical insects that attack stored grain, but since then I have spent the best part of 25 years studying land use and its impact on ecology and the environment. I was, for a time, the Science Programme administrator for Sustainable Economies and my current research is broadly in that area.

My research looks at the interactions between our energy system and other ecosystem services concentrating on real landscapes. I have been involved in a range of projects looking at the capacity of energy generation from the natural resources and the impact of energy capture and use. Projects include GB potential for wood energy (short rotation coppice), wind turbines and alternate crops, carbon sequestration and inventory, impacts and externalities of atmospheric deposition and the externalities of transport.

I was also involved in the Countryside Surveys and the creation of the Countryside Information System (CIS), a tool that allows spatial data describing Britain to be interrogated.

Selected publications

I am author of more than 50 refereed papers, at least 100 contract reports and 50 other assorted publications; I have edited four books.

For details of selected publications, please see the NERC Open Research Archive.