Professional summary

Lucy specialises in spatial modelling and analyses to answer a wide range of ecological questions focusing on sustainable land use. Her research at UKCEH involves examining long-term changes in land cover and semi-natural habitats, as well as understanding and mitigating the drivers of vegetation change and exploring opportunities for habitat restoration. Lucy collates, handles and analyses a variety of spatial datasets including historical data, aerial photography and data derived from earth observation including satellite imagery and drones. She also incorporates data that she has collected on the ground through running field experiments and conducting vegetation surveys.

Lucy has a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Birmingham (2012) and an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia (2013). She started her research career at UKCEH in 2014 as a research associate, until 2017 where she was made a permanent Spatial Ecologist. During this time, she completed a PhD with Bournemouth University on understanding drivers of long-term change in semi-natural habitats (2021).

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