Amy Pickard is a biogeochemist who uses field data, laboratory experiments and empirical modelling to derive insights into carbon, nutrient and greenhouse gas cycling in aquatic systems.
She completed her undergraduate masters degree in Geography at the University of Bristol in 2011, focusing her extended research project on the characterisation of organic matter from contrasting subglacial environments. Amy then worked for an environmental consultancy before starting a PhD in 2012 at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Prof Kate Heal where she investigated the lability of peatland derived organic matter in receiving waters.
After completing her PhD in 2016, Amy moved to the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology where she initially worked in a technical role providing field and laboratory support to a large project concerned with nitrogen cycling. She was then appointed to the position of Aquatic Biogeochemist within the Freshwater Restoration and Sustainability group. Her research has contributed to the development of novel monitoring infrastructure to assess the role of inland waters as emitters of greenhouse gases.
Amy has also worked closely in partnership with the UK water industry to understand the effects of catchment land use on water quality, and in recognition of this in 2021 she was appointed as a Research Leader Fellow within the Hydro Nation Chair research programme, where she works with Scottish Water to deliver on their net zero and beyond strategy.
Brown Alison M. et al. , (2023), Urban landscapes and legacy industry provide hotspots for riverine greenhouse gases: a source-to-sea study of the River Clyde. Water Research, 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.119969
Brown Alison M. et al. , (2022), Anthropogenic-estuarine interactions cause disproportionate greenhouse gas production: a review of the evidence base. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 174, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X21012741
Garcia-Martin E. Elena et al. , (2021), Contrasting estuarine processing of dissolved organic matter derived from natural and human‐impacted landscapes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2021GB007023
Anderson T.R. et al. , (2019), Unified concepts for understanding and modelling turnover of dissolved organic matter from freshwaters to the ocean: the UniDOM model. Biogeochemistry, 146, 105-123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10533-019-00621-1