Professional summary

Research Interests

I am a landscape ecologist and interdisciplinary scientist carrying out research into options for land management which can help in the sustainable delivery of ecosystem services. I have been involved with the UK Countryside Survey for many years and consider its collection of data on habitats, landscape features, vegetation, soils and water across spatial and temporal scales invaluable for identifying relationships between different ecosystem components and with drivers of change. I am interested in understanding how ecological processes underpin these relationships at landscape scales and in finding ways of evidencing the complexity of ecosystem processes in order to help manage landscapes effectively. Key issues driving my research include; continuing degradation of biodiversity, the agricultural and ecological viability of farming systems and the need for transdisciplinary approaches involving social and ecological scientists alongside stakeholders to understand the  'social and institutional' aspects of land management. What land use approaches will provide us with the sustainable delivery of multiple ecosystem services and how do we effect change?

Brief CV

Oct 1999-present at UKCEH, Lancaster Environment Centre

2012/17         Countryside Survey Project Manager – promoting the value of CS and identifying opportunities, strategy and funding considerations for exploitation of data and future CS planning, provision of data and CS expertise to users.

2013/18         Head of Land Use Group, CEH Lancaster - Managing staff at group level, recruiting new staff, resource management and strategic direction of science within the group.

2018-2021     Senior scientist, agroecology UKCEH Lancaster


2019- 2022 Sustainable Agricultural Research Innovation Club (SARIC) Co-PI Restoring soil quality through re-integration of leys and sheep into arable rotations

2019-2021 working with ICF on the Evaluation of Defra T&T's 

2020-2021 Fabulous farmers - EU project

2020-2022 Innovative farmer group researcher - Diverse swards

2020-2021 LCA modelling of cattle production (for Defra led by Cranfield)

2018 - 2021 Defra – Delivery of green growth through sustainable intensification

2018 – 2023 NERC UKSCAPE – Integrated Monitoring, professional field survey and LCM components

2018-2021; PI on an Global Food Security project entitled ‘Sustainable economic and ecological grazing systems – learning from innovative practitioners’. This project is working with the Pasture for Life Association and its farmers to evidence their practices and investigate whether this farming system, or aspects of it, can contribute to long term sustainability of livestock management in the UK.

2018-2021 Welsh Government Environment & Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme (ERAMMP) (WP’s led by members of the Land Use Group at CEH)

2017/18 SARIC Co-PI interdisciplinary project on slurry management, called SLURRYMAX aimed at discovering reasons for ongoing issues with slurry management (including lack of use of digital tools) amongst certain groups of farmers and providing approaches for improving management ;

2017/18 DAERA, NI Lead on developing the NI Environmental Farming Scheme Monitoring Framework

2017/18 Evaluation of NIEA’s Management of Sensitive Sites (MOSS) for DAERA, NI

2016/2018 NERC funded Natural Capital Metrics project – development of framework for linking natural capital to delivery of ecosystem services and providing evidence (data).

2016/17 Joint lead on Natural England project on provision of spatial Natural Capital data for England using CS data alongside external datasets in models to provide national data on NC stocks supporting ecosystem services,

2015/17 Lead on NERC funded development of Countryside Survey towards Integrated Monitoring – how can we do monitoring more effectively/efficiently by consolidating CEH data?

2012-2016 Glastir monitoring and evaluation programme – data collection and analysis.

2015 The Economic Case for Investment in Natural Capital in England. Natural Capital Committee (Defra) with Eftec, identifying investment cases for prioritising restoration of Natural Capital.

2013/2014 Technology Strategy Board funded innovation projects 1) Feasibility study for a Biodiversity Offsetting Tool, 2) Feasibility study for a Sustainable Intensification Audit & Management System.

2011/2012 a) Environmental Stewardship delivery project with FERA (Defra funding), b) Ecosystems Interactions project (Defra funding), c) Valuing Nature Network (VNN) (NERC) – Scale dependence of stocks and flows in the valuation of ecosystem services, d) VNN (NERC) Valuing the impacts of ecosystem service interactions for policy, e) Mapping ecosystems services using CS data as part of an internal CEH (NERC) project. f) GB linear feature map (NERC funded).

2006/2011 Manager Work Package 1 of Countryside Survey – Landscape features, habitats and vegetation of Countryside Survey. Ensuring the successful analysis and reporting of requirements for policy customers and the use of data for production of high quality relevant science outputs. Providing scientific input in the processing and production of data on linear features and working on Countryside Survey data both as part of Work Package 1 and the Integrated Assessment work package (NERC, Defra, Welsh and Scottish Governments., Forestry Commission, Natural England, DOENI. CCW).

2006/2011 RELU funding (Joint Research Council) – ‘Investigating the potential for Community Catchment Management at Loweswater' (CO-PI).

Early 2000's Large scale cross-taxa organic versus conventional farming comparison on arable land to investigate impacts on biodiversity.




1996  Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Population Ecology), University of East Anglia: 'The responses of plant populations to climate change'.

1988  Batchelor of Science (honours Ecology), University of East Anglia

Panels, committees and memberships

Member of the British Ecological Society, member of Hedgelink