Professional summary

Research Interests

Dr Gerard has over 25 years’ experience in Earth Observation (EO) of land and vegetation, in a wide range of ecosystems.  Her work focuses on the development of remotely sensed-derived data to constrain and validate models, support process understanding and monitor vegetation. Dr Gerard is currently PI of the NERC AHRC funded Newton project PARAGUAS (Colombia-Bio programme) that aims to establish the role of plant diversity and actions of local people in maintaining the water retention capacity of Paramos – the Andean wetlands of Colombia. A component of the work will involve drone hyper-spectral remote sensing to characterise Paramo plant traits and condition.  She is also PI of the NERC funded Newton project SURPASS2 (LATAM programme). Her remote sensing (RS) team is currently, as part of the National Capability ASSIST project, investigating (i) the impact of black grass on crop yield predictions using time-series of Sentinel radar and optical data, and (ii) grassland condition monitoring using drone hyperspectral technology. In the MRC-GCRF grant “Optimising sustainable forest use whilst minimising impacts of emerging zoonotic diseases” (Co-I), her EO team is characterising past changes in forest cover and fragmentation at different spatial scales across regions of India. She is also Co-I on the NERC funded projects ‘Vegetation Effects on Rainfall in West Africa’ and ‘Changing Land-Atmosphere Feedbacks in Tropical African Wetlands’ where the EO element is delivering, respectively, maps quantifying forest cover change and wetlands dynamics. She was Co-I in the NERC consortium grant project “WESSEX-BESS” (‘Linking biodiversity change with the delivery of ecosystem services across landscapes now and into the future’) for which her team focussed on a fine spatial resolution land cover map from combined airborne hyper-spectral and LIDAR imagery. She was involved in the EU funded project ROBIN characterising the vegetation leaf phenology across Meso - and South America to enhance spatial maps of biodiversity and support the validation of the Dynamic Global Vegetation Model of JULES and LPJ. She has been work package coordinator of the EU IP project EBONE (‘European Biodiversity Observation Network’). This work package was responsible for developing novel ways to integrate EO with in situ biodiversity data. In the recent past, she has been Co-I in the UK funded NERC-QUEST consortium grant ‘QUantifying Ecosystem Roles in the Carbon Cycle’ where the EO element built a benchmark dataset for JULES describing the phenology of the Amazonian forests and the potential drivers. She has also coordinated the EU GMES project BIOPRESS (‘Linking pan-European land cover changes to pressures on biodiversity’) and has been involved amongst others in the Nature Observatory of the Integrated EU GMES Projects GEOLAND and SIBERIA-II.

Brief CV

  • 2013 – present: Senior scientist, Earth Observation Wallingford, CEH
  • 2008 – 2013: Head of Earth Observation group, Wallingford, CEH
  • 2004 – 2008: Head of Biophysical Modelling, Monks Wood, CEH
  • 1992 – 2008: Earth Observation Scientist, Monks Wood, CEH (ITE)

Qualifications

2001 PhD., Dept. Geography, University of Leicester, University of Leicester.
1991 MSc., Environmental Remote Sensing, Dept. Geography, University of Aberdeen.
1990 MSc., Agricultural Engineering – Forestry Degree (5 yrs), University of Ghent, Belgium.

Publications

  • Bradley, Andrew; Gerard, France; Barbier, Nicolas; Zelazowski, Przemyslaw; Weedon, Graham; Huntingford, Chris; Anderson, Liana; Eduardo, Luiz, 2008, Exploring the biophysical drivers of Amazon phenology: preparing data sets to improve dynamic global vegetation models. In: 2008 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, Boston, 6-11 July 2008

  • Balzter, Heiko; Weedon, Graham; Grey, Will; Los, Sietse; Gerard, France; Combal, Bruno; Bartholome, Etienne; Bartelev, Sergey, 2008, Climate, vegetation phenology and forest fires in Siberia. In: 2008 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, Boston, 6-11 July 2008

  • Brown, N.; Gerard, F. F.; Fuller, R. M.; Edmundson, D. S., 2000, From a land cover map of Great Britain to a land cover/use map of Europe: Automated generalisation techniques used for converti. In: GIS Research UK 2000, University of York UK, 5-7th April 2000

  • Ferraccioli, Fausto; Gerard, France; Robinson, Carl; Jordan, Tom; Biszczuk, Magdalena; Ireland, Louise; Beasley, Mark; Vidamour, Andrew; Barker, Andrew; Arnold, Rodney; Dinn, Michael; Fox, Adrian; Howard, Andrew, LiDAR based Digital Terrain Model (DTM) data for South West England.

  • George, Charles; Gerard, France; Balzter, Heiko, Circumpolar boreal forest burnt area.

  • Bunce R.G.H.; Parr Terence; Ullyett Jacqueline; Hornung Michael; Gerard France; Bull R; Cox R.; Brown Nigel; , Spatial masks for calcareous, coastal, upland and lowland heath landscapes in England [Key Habitats 1992-93].

  • Roy D.B.; Abrahams C.; August T.; Christelow J.; Gerard F.; Howell K.; Logie M.; McCracken M.; Pallett D.; Pocock M.; Read D.S.; Sadykova D.; Staley J.T.; , 2022, Developing technologies for Agri-environment monitoring.

  • Tebbs Emma; Thompson Henry; Carvalho Laurence; Nash Gemma; Dobel Anne; Gerard France; Stratford Charlie; Taylor Philip; , 2021, Floating Weed Manager: proof of concept. Report to European Space Agency on ESTEC Contract no. 4000131344/20/NL/FGL.

  • Carvalho Laurence; Dobel Anne; Gerard France; Nash Gemma; Stratford Charlie; Taylor Philip; Tebbs Emma; Thompson Henry; Wells Nick; , 2021, Floating Weed Manager: business case. Report to European Space Agency on ESTEC Contract no. 4000131344/20/NL/FGL.

  • Carvalho Laurence; Tebbs Emma; Thompson Henry; Stratford Charlie; Dobel Anne; Gerard France; Nash Gemma; Taylor Philip; , 2021, Floating Weed Manager: final report.

  • Gerard France; Acreman Mike; Mountford Owen; Norton Lisa; Pywell Richard; Rowland Clare; Stratford Charlie; Tebbs Emma; , 2015, Earth Observation to produce indices of habitat condition and change .

  • Gerard, F.; Blank, L.; Bunce, R.G.H.; Carmel, Y.; Caudullo, G.; Clerici, N.; Deshayes, M.; Erikstad, L.; Estreguil, C.; Framstad, E.; Granholm, A.-H.; Halabuk, A.; Halada, L.; Harari-Kremer, R.; Hazeu, G.W.; Hennekens, S.M.; Holmgren, J.; Kikas, T.; Kuusemets, V.; Lang, M.; Levin, N.; Luck-Vogel, M.; Morton, D.; Mucher, C.A.; Nilsson, M.; Nordkvist, K.; Olsson, H.; Olsvig-Whittaker, L.; Raet, J.; Roberts, W.; Roerink, G.J.; Sepp, K.; Scholefield, P.; Vain, A.; Van Calster, H.; Weissteiner, C.J., 2012, Assessing the role of EO in biodiversity monitoring: options for integrating in-situ observations with EO within the context of.

  • Gerard, F.; Petit, S.; Smith, G.; Thomson, A.; Brown, N.; Manchester, S.; Wadsworth, R.; Bugar, G.; Halada, L.; Bezak, P.; Boltiziar, M.; De badts, E.; Halabuk, A.; Mojse, M.; Petrovic, F.; Gregor, M.; Hazeu, G.; Mucher, C.A.; Wachowicz, M.; Huitu, H.; Tuominen, S.; Kohler, R.; Olschofsky, K.; Ziese, H.; Kolar, J.; Sustera, J.; Luque, S.; Pino, J.; Pons, X.; Roda, F.; Roscher, M.; Feranec, J., 2005, Linking pan-European land cover change to pressures on biodiversity - Biopress final report 1st January 2003 - 31st December 20. <i>Progress in Physical Geography</i>, 34, 183-205

  • Gerard, F.; Petit, S.; Smith, G.; Thomson, A.; Brown, N.; Manchester, S.; Wadsworth, R.; Bugar, G.; Halada, L.; Bezak, P.; Boltiziar, M.; De badts, E.; Halabuk, A.; Mojse, M.; Petrovic, F.; Gregor, M.; Hazeu, G.; Mucher, C.A.; Wachowicz, M.; Huitu, H.; Tuominen, S.; Kohler, R.; Olschofsky, K.; Ziese, H.; Kolar, J.; Sustera, J.; Luque, S.; Pino, J.; Pons, X.; Roda, F.; Roscher, M.; Feranec, J., 2005, Linking pan-European land cover change to pressures on biodiversity - Biopress final report 1st January 2003 - 31st December 20. <i>Progress in Physical Geography</i>, 34, 183-205

  • Fuller, R. M.; Smith, G. M.; Sanderson, J. M.; Hill, R. A.; Thomson, A. G.; Gerard, F. F.; Clarke, R. T., 2000, Countryside Survey 2000, Module 7. Land Cover Map 2000. Fifth Interim Report incorporating the Tenth Quarterly Report. 30p