Professional summary

Research Interests

I currently work in the Land Use Group at Lancaster, working as a (spatial) data manager and analyst.  Additionally, I work as a member of the Environmental Informatics Liaison team, supporting the Land Use, Lake Ecosystems and Environmental Data groups, improving data management practices across UKCEH, and running the Environmental Information Data Centre. 

Whilst at UKCEH Lancaster, I have been involved in several large-scale, long-term projects requiring the analysis, maintenance and capture of spatial and non-spatial data, currently including Countryside Survey (both the soils and the habitat/vegetation mapping components), the 'Bunce' Woodland Survey and the Welsh Environment & Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme (ERAMMP) .  I was part of the Welsh Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Project Team, contributing to data management, informatics and field survey, 2013-2016.  I was heavily involved in the production of UKCEH's remotely sensed UK products, Land Cover Map 2007 and 2015.

I was previously employed in the Soil Ecology Section at Lancaster/Merlewood until 2006. This followed the completion of an MSc in GIS at Edinburgh in 2003.
During 2002-03, I was involved with fieldwork, fieldwork coordination and data analysis at CEH Merlewood, in two large scale ecological research projects; the Farm-Scale Evaluations of GM crops and Countryside Survey 2000.

Brief CV

  • 2017-present: Land Use Group data manager and Environmental Informatics Liaison, CEH, Lancaster
  • 2006-2017: Land Use Group data manager and Environmental Informatics Liaison, Parr Section, CEH, Lancaster
  • 2003-2006: Scientific Officer, Soil Ecology Group, CEH at Lancaster
  • 2002-2003: MSc Geographical Information Systems, University of Edinburgh. Thesis: "Combating edge effects in landscape pattern analysis: An investigation using Countryside Survey 2000 data"
  • 2001-2002: Casual Scientific Officer, Land Use Section, CEH at Merlewood
  • 1997-2001: MA (Hons 2:i) Geography, University of St Andrews

Blog Articles

Key Words identifying areas of Specialist Expertise

Database management Field studies Soil invertebrate identification Soil analysis
Geographical Information Systems Remote sensing Biological recording Land use change       
 

Spatial analysis 

Scientific information management Data rescue Environmental history
Habitat mapping
 
Database documentation Archiving of scientific data Environmental informatics

 

Qualifications

  • 2021: PhD, 'Gaining new knowledge from historic data: an approach to ecological data rescue, with special reference to UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) long-term land use monitoring data sets',  University of Edinburgh
  • 2006: University Certificate in Biological Recording (Birmingham University)
  • 2002-2003: MSc Geographical Information Systems, University of Edinburgh
  • 1997-2001: MA (Hons 2:i) Geography, University of St Andrews
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Publications