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- Data ‘wrangling’ and analytics. Data fusion. Big data. Predictive modelling. Field data collection. Uncertainty. Ecology and hydrology.
- My role at CEH requires expertise in the preparation, handling and statistical analysis of temporal and spatial data, in order to aid the provision of answers to a wide range of ecological questions. I have a broad overview of the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles through my work on biospheric trace gas emissions (Lancaster University), soil and crop nitrogen modelling (ADAS), and diffuse pollution research (Centre for Sustainable Water Management, Lancaster). I have over 10 years experience of using GIS and database management software, and a working knowledge of Matlab, FME and SAS. I have led the development of a major research platform in the Ribble and Wyre catchments, one of four CEH Source-to-Sea Observatories. I was actively involved in the Countryside Survey 2007 Integrated Assessment, led the development of the Defra habitat connectivity indicator for CEH and I am developing projects on ecosystem services for water quality and aquatic habitats.
- I currently lead the Defra Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory project on behalf of CEH, the aim of the project being to improve the delivery of the UK Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Inventory. CEH (in collaboration with the other project partners) will contribute to the development of a more detailed reporting methodology through an intensive period of coordinated exploration, synthesis and modelling of existing data from across the scientific community and industry data holders.
- Currently researching the use of UAVs for fine scale mapping and habitat classification of remote environments, such as upland bogs, peatlands and moorland. The broader scale mapping of linear features in the UK and the development of real time carbon sensing technology as part of a STFC funded CLASP award.
- Recently developed a full GB map of linear woody features.
2008 onwards - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology at Lancaster
2005 - 2008: Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Water Management, Lancaster University
2002 - 2005: Environmental Modeller, ADAS UK Ltd
2000 - 2002: Research Associate, Lancaster University
Scholefield, P.A.; Morton, R.D.; Rowland, C.S.; Henrys, P.A.; Howard, D.C.; Norton, L.R. (2016). Woody linear features framework, Great Britain v.1.0. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/d7da6cb9-104b-4dbc-b709-c1f7ba94fb16
K Watts, P Handley, D Ray, A Eycott, P Scholefield, L Norton: Habitat Connectivity - Developing an indicator for UK and country level reporting. 01/2008: pages 117; DEFRA.
C. Dore, G. Hayman, P. Scholefield, N. Hewitt, W. Winiwater, F. Kressler: Mapping of Biogenic VOC Emissions in England and Wales. E1-122/TR 05/2003; Environment Agency., ISBN: ISBN 1-84432-092-8
Sullivan, M. J.P., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Newson, S. E., Scholefield, P., Brereton, T. and Oliver, T. H. (2017), A national-scale model of linear features improves predictions of farmland biodiversity. J Appl Ecol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12912
Scholefield, P., Morton, D., Rowland, C., Henrys, P., Howard, D. and Norton, L. (2016), A model of the extent and distribution of woody linear features in rural Great Britain. Ecology and Evolution, 00: 1–10. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2607
Lisa Norton, Sheila Greene, Paul Scholefield, Mike Dunbar, The importance of scale in the development of ecosystem service indicators? Ecological Indicators, 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.08.051
Maria Luisa Paracchini, Grazia Zulian, Leena Kopperoinen, Joachim Maes, Jan Philipp Schägner, Mette Termansen, Marianne Zandersen, Marta Perez-Soba, Paul A Scholefield, Giovanni Bidoglio, 2014, Mapping cultural ecosystem services: A framework to assess the potential for outdoor recreation across the EU, Ecological Indicators, 45:371-385
Lindsay C. Maskell, Andrew Crowe, Michael J. Dunbar, Bridget Emmett, Peter Henrys, Aidan M. Keith, Lisa R. Norton, Paul Scholefield, Douglas B. Clark, Ian C. Simpson, Simon M. Smart: Exploring the ecological constraints to multiple ecosystem service delivery and biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology 04/2013; 50(2):1-11.
P. Scholefield, A.L. Heathwaite, R.E. Brazier, T. Page, K. Beven, R. Hodgkinson, M. Schaerer, P. Withers, D. Walling, P. Haygarth: Estimating phosphorus delivery from land to water in headwater catchments using a fuzzy decision tree approach.. Soil Use and Management 11/2012;
D.C. Howard, P.J. Burgess, S.J. Butler, S.J. Carver, T. Cockerill, A.M. Coleby, G. Gan, C.J. Goodier, D. Van der Horst, K. Hubacek, R. Lord, A. Mead, M. Rivas-Casado, R.A. Wadsworth, P. Scholefield: Energyscapes: Linking the energy system and ecosystem services in real landscapes. Biomass and Bioenergy 07/2012; 55:17–26.
C. Neal, M. Bowes, H. Jarvie, P. Scholefield, G. Leeks, M. Neal, P. Rowland, H. Wickham, S. Harman, L. Armstrong, D. Sleep, A. Lawlor, C.E. Davies: Lowland river water quality: a new UK data resource for process and environmental management analysis. Hydrological Processes 01/2012; 26:949-960.
Colin Neal, Philip Rowland, Margaret Neal, Helen P Jarvie, Alan Lawlor, Darren Sleep, Paul Scholefield: Aluminium in UK rivers: a need for integrated research related to kinetic factors, colloidal transport, carbon and habitat.. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 06/2011; 13(8):2153-64.
Phil Rowland, Colin Neal, Darren Sleep, Colin Vincent, Paul Scholefield: Chemical Quality Status of Rivers for the Water Framework Directive: A Case Study of Toxic Metals in North West England. Water (Australia) 06/2011; 3(2):649-666.
Colin Neal, Phil Rowland, Paul Scholefield, Colin Vincent, Clive Woods, Darren Sleep: The Ribble/Wyre observatory: major, minor and trace elements in rivers draining from rural headwaters to the heartlands of the NW England historic industrial base.. Science of The Total Environment 02/2011; 409(8):1516-29.
Colin Neal, Helen Jarvie, Philip Rowland, Alan Lawler, Darren Sleep, Paul Scholefield: Titanium in UK rural, agricultural and urban/industrial rivers: geogenic and anthropogenic colloidal/sub-colloidal sources and the significance of within-river retention.. Science of The Total Environment 02/2011; 409(10):1843-53.
Paul Scholefield, Les Firbank, Simon Butler, Ken Norris, Laurence M. Jones, Sandrine Petit: Modelling the European Farmland Bird Indicator in response to forecast land-use change in Europe. Ecological Indicators 01/2011; 11(1):46-51.
J.J. Rothwell, N.B. Dise, K.G. Taylor, T.E.H. Allott, P. Scholefield, H. Davies, C. Neal: Predicting river water quality across North West England using catchment characteristics.. Journal of Hydrology 12/2010; 395(3-4):153-162.
A P Rowland, C Neal, P Scholefield, A P Halford, C D Vincent, K Hockenhull: Mercury in rivers in NW England: from rural headwaters to the heartlands of the historic industrial base.. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 10/2010; 12(12):2299-306.
James Rothwell, Nancy Dise, Kevin Taylor, Tim Allott, Paul Scholefield, Helen Davies, Colin Neal: Estimating river nutrient concentrations across North West England using catchment characteristics. 05/2010;
J J Rothwell, N B Dise, K G Taylor, T E H Allott, P Scholefield, H Davies, C Neal: A spatial and seasonal assessment of river water chemistry across North West England.. Science of The Total Environment 11/2009; 408(4):841-55.
P. A. Scholefield, J. Arnscheidt, P. Jordan, K. Beven, L. Heathwaite: Uncertainty Of Stream Nutrient Transport Estimates Using Random Sampling Of Storm Events From High Resolution Water Quality And Discharge Data. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. 12/2007;
Agostini Francesco, Sholefield Paul: Simulation of C and N in the soil microbial biomass after straw Incorporation into soil. Italian Journal of Agronomy. 03/2006; 1(1):63-71.
P. A. SCHOLEFIELD, K. J. DOICK, B. M. J. HERBERT, C. N. S HEWITT, J.-P. SCHNITZLER, P. PINELLI, F. LORETO: Impact of rising CO2 on emissions of volatile organic compounds: isoprene emission from Phragmites australis growing at elevated CO2 in a natural carbon dioxide spring†. Plant Cell and Environment 03/2004; 27(4):393 - 401.
J. E. Hossell, M. Silgram, B. Clemence, P. Scholefield: Scoping study of potential impacts of climate change on nutrient pollution from agriculture.
P. Scholefield, H. Mortimer, A. Hussain, E. Tipping, D. Monteith, J. Adams. Development of a UV Miniaturised Fourier Transform Spectrometer (MicroFTS) for the Detection of Dissolved Organic Carbon in Water. EGU General Assembly 2015. Vol. 17, EGU2015-13379-1, 2015
Scholefield, Norton, Rowland, Morton, Henrys: Developing a model of linear ecological networks for Great Britain. Hedgerow Features; 09/2012
P. Scholefield, R.E. Brazier, A. Heathwaite, R. Arnscheidt, P. Jordan, P. Haygarth, D. Walling, R. Hodgkinson, P. Withers, K. Beven: Uncertainty of stream nutrient transport estimates
using random sampling of storm events from high and
low resolution water quality and discharge data.. EGU General Assembly 2008; 01/2008
P. Scholefield, C. Neal, J. Kelly, S. Nutter, Y. Takeuchi, S. Maberly, H. Zhang, J. Hamilton Taylor, A. Folkard: An instrumented river buoy for measuring temporospatial water quality data on whole river reaches.. EGU General Assembly 2008; 01/2008
P. Scholefield, C. Neal, P. Rowland, C. Vincent, S.Maberly, R. Pickup: Whole catchment hydrochemical analysis of the Rivers Ribble and Wyre. EGU General Assembly 2008; 01/2008
R.E. BRAZIER, M. SCHÄRER, A.L. HEATHWAITE, K.BEVEN, P.SCHOLEFIELD, P.HAYGARTH, R.HODGKINSON, D.WALLING, P.WITHERS: A framework for predicting delivery of phosphorus from
agricultural land using a decision-tree approach. Sediment Dynamics and the Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems; 07/2006
P. Scholefield, L. Heathwaite, M. Schaerer, R. Brazier, D. Walling, R. Hodgkinson, P. Haygarth, K. Beven: Application of fuzzy decision trees in predicting phosphorus retention and delivery in headwater catchments in the UK. European Geosciences Union 2006; 01/2006
C.N. Hewitt, P.Scholefield, P.J.Lea: Isoprene emissions from higher plants growing in elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide. 8th European Symposium on the Physico-Chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants: A Changing Atmosphere; 09/2001
R.Steinbrecher, R. Baraldi, R. Forkel, M. Habram, N. Hewitt, C. Körner, F. Loreto, F. Miglietta, S. Pepin, J. Schnitzler, P. Scholefield, W. Zimmer: Biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emission of European forests under future CO2 levels: influence on compound composition and source strength (FUTURE-VOC. 8th European Symposium on the Physico-Chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants: A Changing Atmosphere; 09/2001
MSc - Plant Biochemistry and Primary Productivity (University of Sussex)
PhD - Atmospheric Biospheric Interactions (University of Lancaster) - "Effects of long-term carbon dioxide enrichment on the emission of isoprene from selected plant species"
Member of the European Geophysical Union
Member of the British Hydrological Society