Ecosystem Services, Soil, GIS, R, Model development and implementation
Roles and projects at CEH
Coordination of ERAMMP quick start modelling work and development of python toolboxes to map potential land use change. Development of Ecosystem Services modelling approaches for the ERAMMP Integrated Modelling Platform.
Applied the GIS based model “LUCI”, to simulate ecosystem services condition, at national scale for Wales for the “GMEP” project, to identify where interventions to improve condition may benefit or adversely impact other services. This work has included python scripting for code development and validation, and use of numerous spatial datasets for Wales. Additional LUCI work has included model application and comparison work analysis of the impacts of landscape configuration in the “BESS” project, and leading work with stakeholders such as farmers on a “Sustainable Management Scheme”.
Other work has included:
Statistical analysis of Countryside Survey data in R, using GAMMs to assess anthropogenic and natural drivers of changes in soil properties.
Data collection, interpretation and processing for the Defra Sustainable Intensification Project, helping to develop the “Dynamic Typology Tool”.
Further refinement of this tool to represent data at 1km for Wales
Post doctoral research assistant at CEH Bangor, working with the LUCI model
Part time post doctoral research assistant for UKERC, based at UEA. Work included facilitating a meeting with external stakeholders, participation in writing meetings and knoweldge exchange
Ambiental consultancy - Technical Analyst, working on the Chubb depth based flood mapping project, including methodology development, implementation and documentation.
UKERC Energy and Environment Synthesis project
Ambiental Consultancy: Chubb depth based flood mapping project
TA on undergraduate and post graduate GIS and experimental methods modules
TA on PhD PPD sesion on negotiating and teamwork
Norton, L.R., Smart, S.M., Maskell, L.C., Henrys, P.A., Wood, C.M., Keith, A.M., Emmett, B.A, Cosby, B.J., Thomas, A., Scholefield, P.A., Greene, S., Morton, R.D., Rowland, C.S. Identifying effective approaches for monitoring national natural capital for policy use. 2018. Ecosystem Services 30, 98-106
Ignacio Palomo , Louise Willemen, Evangelia Drakou, Benjamin Burkhard , Neville Crossman, Chloe Bellamy , Kremena Burkhard , C. Sylvie Campagne , Anuja Dangol , Jonas Franke , Sylwia Kulczyk , Solen Le Clec'h , Dania Abdul Malak , Lorena Muñoz , Vytautas Narusevicius , Sam Ottoy , Jennifer Roelens, Louise Sing , Amy Thomas , Koenraad Van Meerbeek , Peter Verweij. Practical solutions for bottlenecks in ecosystem services mapping. One Ecosystem. One Ecosystem, 3, p.e20713
Bussi G, Whitehead PG, Thomas AR, Masante D, Jones L, Cosby BJ, Emmett BA, Malham SK, Prudhomme C, Prosser H. Climate and land-use change impact on faecal indicator bacteria in a temperate maritime catchment (the River Conwy, Wales). Journal of Hydrology. 2017 Oct 1;553:248-61.
Maxwell D, Robinson DA, Thomas A, Jackson B, Maskell L, Jones DL, Emmett BA. Potential contribution of soil diversity and abundance metrics to identifying high nature value farmland (HNV). Geoderma. 2017 Nov 1;305:417-32.
Sharps, K., D. Masante, Thomas, A., Jackson, B., Redhead, J., May, L., Prosser, H., Cosby, B., Emmett, B., Jones, L. (2017). "Comparing strengths and weaknesses of three ecosystem services modelling tools in a diverse UK river catchment." Science of The Total Environment 584–585: 118-130.
Emmett, B.A., Cooper, D., Smart, S., Jackson, B., Thomas, A., Cosby, B., Evans, C., Glanville, H., McDonald, J.E., Malham, S.K. and Marshall, M., 2016. Spatial patterns and environmental constraints on ecosystem services at a catchment scale. Science of The Total Environment. 572 pp. 1586–1600
Holland, R.A., Scott, K., Hinton, E.D., Austen, M.C., Barrett, J., Beaumont, N., Blaber-Wegg, T., Brown, G., Carter-Silk, E., Cazenave, P. and Eigenbrod, F., Hiscock, K., Hooper, T., Lovett, A., Papathanasopoulou, E., Smith, P., Thomas, A., Tickner, R., Torres, R., Taylor, G., 2016. Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. Energy Policy, 92, pp.181-189.
Emmett, B.E. and the GMEP team (2015) Glastir Monitoring & Evaluation Programme. Second Year Annual Report to Welsh Government (Contract reference: C147/2010/11). NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH Project: NEC04780).
Thomas, A., Bond, A., Hiscock, K. (2013) A multi-criteria based review of models that predict environmental impacts of land use-change for perennial energy crops on water, carbon and nitrogen cycling. GCB Bioenergy 5. pp. 227-242
Thomas, A., Bond, A., Hiscock, K. (2013) A GIS based assessment of bioenergy potential in England within existing energy systems. Biomass and Bioenergy 55. pp. 107-121
Thomas, A., Bond, A., Hiscock, K. (2012) Potential of the daycent model to predict change in greenhouse gas emissions with cessation of tillage for cultivation of perennial energy crops. Agrociencia 16, 3. pp. 33-42
PhD Environmental Science University of East Anglia 2015
MRes Modelling and integrated management of water in the natural environment University of Liverpool 2009
MSc Palaeoanthropology University of Sheffield 2007
BSc Earth Surface Processes University of Leeds 2006