Professional summary

Research Interests

My research interests examine the impact of environmental change and disturbance on terrestrial ecosystems , focussing on the interaction between the atmosphere and biosphere, using Earth Observation and GIS to examine the interactions between ecosystems and ecosystems services across a range of habitats.

I use my skills in modelling and data fusion to generate new views of complex environmental issues, aiming to provide solutions to problems across a wide range of ecological and hydrological spheres. 

I led the development of a major research platform in the Ribble and Wyre catchments, one of four CEH Source-to-Sea Observatories , the development of the Defra habitat connectivity indicator for CEH and the Defra Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory project on behalf of CEH.

I currently lead innovation projects aiming to introduce new real time carbon sensing technologies to the scientific community and I am researching the use of UAVs for fine scale mapping and habitat classification of remote environments.

Currently I lead a project exploring the use of autonomous drone technology to map landscapes with the Science and Technology Facilities Council.


Brief CV

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.


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"

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