Beth's background is in forest ecology, and a core part of her research is understanding how forests function, how they respond to change and how they can be restored. A lot of this work is based on tropical forests in Southeast Asia. She uses remotely sensed imagery to spatially analyse and map forested areas, create land cover maps and develop tools to assess forest restoration success. She is particularly interested in developing novel ways to monitor forest dynamics.
Her research also explores how to use statistics to better understand and quantify pollutants in our environment. She applies spatial statistics and remote sensing imagery to understanding pollutant emission dynamics. This ranges from large-scale high-resolution mapping of pollutant emissions in the UK, to small-scale modelling of emissions profiles from individual agricultural sources. Beth works to find new ways to assimilate data to improve our understanding of how pollutants are emitted and move through space and time.