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I completed my degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography (Joint Honours), followed by an MSc in Environmental Chemistry, both at the University of Wales, Bangor.
I joined CEH in 2004, and am part of the plant-soil interactions group at Lancaster. My expertise lies in trace gas sampling and analysis - N2O, CH4, CO2 (I am responsible for the running and maintenance of our group's GCs). I also run and maintain our Mobile Laboratories, which are used for trace gas analysis and stable isotope pulse labelling in situ.
I have been involved in numerous projects, such as the Defra-funded Terrestrial Umbrella project, and the BBSRC funded Grass Diversity and Carbon Sequestration project (in collaboration with Lancaster University). I am currently working on two projects in Sweden (effects of elevated CO2 on arctic heathland and nitrogen cycling in feather-mosses in boreal forests), as well as Wessex BESS and Defra-funded "Ecosystem Services" project.
I investigate the effects of climate and land use change on plant-soil biogeochemical processes in terrestrial ecosystems, delivering research to increase understanding of microbial greenhouse gas production and consumption mechanisms in soils. My work covers peatlands, grasslands, Arctic heathlands and boreal forests.