My research interests are in the spatial modelling of land use change, grassland and forest management, processes affecting greenhouse gas emissions from land management and interdisciplinary approaches to investigating human-environmental impacts. I am the lead scientist for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) funded project that produces annual estimates of sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector of the national greenhouse gas inventory. This inventory is required under national and international commitments (the UK Climate Change Act and the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change). My current work focuses on extending reporting on forest, peatland and agricultural land management through the development of computer models.
For recent publications on this work please see http://naei.beis.gov.uk/reports/reports?section_id=3
I am a scientific adviser to the UK government on sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the LULUCF sector of the national greenhouse gas inventory and a provider or policy analysis/advice. I have also been the UK representative on such matters at national, European and international (IPCC) meetings, and I have been a member of the IPCC Emissions Factor Database Editorial Board.
Recent and ongoing collaborations include Forest Research, Rothamsted Research (North Wyke), University of Aberdeen, AEA Technology, James Hutton Institute and the National Soil Resources Institute.
2012-present Ecosystems Modeller (Band 5), CEH Edinburgh (part-time, 3 days a week)
• Lead scientist for the delivery of UK greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting in the land use sector (scientific bid leader for 2016-2020 project worth £750,000)
2009-2012 Ecosystems Modeller (Band 6), CEH Edinburgh (part-time, 3 days a week)
• Lead scientist for the delivery of UK greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting in the land use sector (scientific bid leader for 2012-2015 project worth £1,125,000)
• Led and won tenders for related CWI-funded projects (NEC03614, SP1105, SP1113)(worth £594,000 since 2010)
2005-2009 Ecosystems Modeller (Band 6), CEH Edinburgh
• Bid leader and project manager for Defra-funded GHG inventory project with six sub-contractor partners (University of Aberdeen, National Soil Resources Institute, Forest Research, Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics, Queen’s University Belfast and AFBI)
• Secondment to Defra during the UK’s presidency of the EU and G8 in 2005, including attendance at the UN Climate Change conference in Montreal
2004-2005 Ecological Modeller (Band 6), CEH Monks Wood
• Integrating Earth observation data and ecological models at the regional to global scale
2003-2004 Research Assistant/Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, University of Stirling
• Grazing modelling and geographic analysis of Landscapes of Settlement (c.700-1500 AD) in the Faeroe Islands and Iceland. This work involved the co-ordination of geographic information between different institutions, the production of new geographic data-sets and the development of the grazing model ‘Búmodel’
1998-1999 GIS Coordinator, Environmental Audit Unit, Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh
PhD in Environmental Science, University of Stirling 2003, ‘A modelling approach to farm management and vegetation degradation in pre-modern Iceland’
MSc in Geographical Information Systems University of Edinburgh 1997
BSc (Hons.) in Geography University of Bristol 1996