Biodiversity
Biodiversity

We study the diversity and distribution of life on Earth, to reveal the processes that generate and maintain these patterns. From this foundation, we evaluate and predict how biodiversity has and will reorganise under global environmental change, and apply this knowledge to develop effective conservation solutions. We explore a range of model systems, from hyperdiverse coral reefs to back garden butterflies, and obtain our data through satellites, underwater robots, citizen science and good old-fashioned field work. By working with data scientists, mathematicians and other environmental disciplines, we achieve maximum insight and tackle the growing biodiversity crisis.

Associated Members

Gordon Blair

Director
LU - School of Computing and Communications

Gordon is a Distinguished Professor of Distributed Systems in the School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, and is Co-Director of…

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Paula Harrison

Director
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

Paula is a Co-Director of CEEDS, Professor of Land and Water Modelling and Principal Natural Capital Scientist at the UK Centre for Ecology &…

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Tom August

Theme Leader
UKCEH - Biodiversity

Tom is a computational ecologist who works at the interface of digital innovation, ecological research, and citizen science. Tom explores how new…

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Lindsay Banin

Theme Leader
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

I am a scientist at UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh. My research focuses on plant and ecosystem ecology, how plants interact with…

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Rob Dunford-Brown

Theme Leader
UKCEH - Biodiversity

Rob Dunford is a Geographer with over 15 years experience working as an interdisciplinary research scientist. He specialises in approaches that…

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Yehia Elkhatib

Theme Leader
LU - School of Computing and Communications

Dr Yehia Elkhatib is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the School of Computing and Communications of Lancaster University, UK, where he…

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Pete Henrys

Theme Leader
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

Peter Henrys is a chartered statistician at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology specialising in long term large scale spatial-temporal modelling…

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Sally Keith

Theme Leader
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am an ecologist seeking to understand the diversity and distribution of life on Earth, primarily using hyperdiverse coral reefs as a model system.…

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Bran Knowles

Theme Leader
LU - School of Computing and Communications

My research interest is the phenomenon of trust - how people come to trust (or not), and what the character or quality of that phenomenon is in…

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Jamie Alison

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

My research quantifies the impact of human activities, e.g. farming and habitat restoration, on natural resources and wild species (especially…

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Alona Armstrong

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research and innovation activities focus on developing understanding of the interactions between energy infrastructure and the environment. I use…

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kirsti ashworth

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research interests lie in the interactions between terrestrial vegetation, atmospheric composition and society over a range of time and distances…

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Richard Bassett

Member (Staff)
LU - School of Computing and Communications

Richard an atmospheric scientist working in the School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University. I have expertise in urban climate and…

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Casey Benkwitt

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am a postdoctoral researcher broadly interested in the behavioural, population, and community ecology of reef fishes, with a focus on how human…

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Nick Beresford

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

Radioecologist specialising in the study of the impacts of ionising radiation on wildlife, radionuclide transfer to human foodstuffs and remediation…

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Alan Blackburn

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I have research interests in the development and applications of geospatial science, in particular in the use of data derived from remote sensing /…

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Christine Braban

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

I am Atmospheric Composition Change Group leader in the Atmopsheric Chemistry and Effects Science Area (pre November 2017: Biosphere-Atmospheric…

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Fabio Carvalho

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My main research focuses on plant-soil interactions and the impact of land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem processes and services (e.g.,…

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Hongmei Chen

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am a research associate in the Natural Environment Research Council ‘highlights’ Award project ‘Locked up: The role of biotic and abiotic…

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Graham Dean

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

I am an experienced computer scientist and technical manager who has worked within research & development activities in academia, industry and…

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Philip Donkersley

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Philip is an entomologist with a major focus on evolutionary and microbial ecology. He has worked on a range of ecosystems including pollinators and…

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Ulli Dragosits

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

Spatial modelling of atmospheric emissions, concentrations, deposition and effects at national and landscape scales; atmospheric pollution; nitrogen…

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Michael Eastman

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I am a hydrological analyst who is involved in hydrological simulation, forecasting and extreme value theory.

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Christopher Feeney

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

Environmental Data Analyst (Research Associate) working in the Catchment to Coast team and Soils and Land Use Research Area at UKCEH, Bangor.

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Gemma Fenwick

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am working as a research associate, currently assessing the declines in coral reef fish biomass in remote wilderness reserves and coral reef fish…

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Heidrun Feuchtmayr

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

My overarching research theme within 20 years as a freshwater ecologist involves environmental and anthropogenic impacts on aquatic biotic and…

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William Fincham

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

Will is a spatial ecological modeller with an interest in a variety of quantitative ecological questions. He is currently working on quantifying the…

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Andrew Folkard

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I work primarily in aquatic environments where my main interest is in bio-physical interactions between hydrodynamics and ecosystem functioning,…

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Charles George

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

I am an Earth Observation Scientist using optical remote sensing technologies to extract biogeochemical properties of land surface vegetation.

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France Gerard

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

I am a senior research scientist at CEH Wallingford. I develop the Earth Observation research carried out at CEH Wallingford. The main focus of the…

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Marika Glasby

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Geological Hazard from the University of Portsmouth. I have experience working in GIS, and am interested in learning…

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Cecily Goodwin

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I am a spatial ecologist using data-driven approaches to assess landscape characteristics and change. My research involves integrating spatial data…

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Nick Graham

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Nick is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Chair in Marine Ecology. His research tackles large scale ecosystem science, using both…

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Rachel Gunn

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research focusses on the behavioural responses on reef fish to climate change, specifically focussing on individual level differences in behaviour…

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Martin Harvey

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

Research Associate Scientific Data Support with the Biodiversity Monitoring and Analysis/Biological Records Centre teams at UKCEH. Focus on liaison…

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Nich Isaac

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I am a biodiversity scientist working with citizen science data. I develop statistical methods to understand patterns in nature over space and time

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Victoria Janes-Bassett

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I'm a postdoctoral researcher at Lancaster based in both the Environment Centre and the School of Computing and Communications. As an…

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Susan Jarvis

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I am a quantitative ecologist interested in combining data from citizen science and professional surveys to understand species distributions and…

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Rucha Karkarey

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am a Royal Society Newton International PostDoc Fellow working with Dr Sally Keith at the Lancaster Environment Centre. I am studying how…

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Aidan Keith

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I am an ecologist who likes measuring soils and want to better understand their inner workings and unpack the black box, in an effort to shape more…

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Rebecca Killick

Member (Staff)
LU - School of Mathematics and Statistics

I see my research as a feedback loop, being inspired by problems in real-world applications, creating solutions to those problems and then feeding…

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Caroline King-Okumu

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

CEH International Development Opportunities Manager

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Peter Levy

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

My work focusses on greenhouse gas fluxes from ecosystems and the effects of land use change. I have experience in plant physiology, micrometeorology…

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Juan Pablo Lobo-Guerrero Villegas

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

I work as a Research Associate Environmental Data Scientist in the Emissions, Sources, Sinks and Solutions group at Edinburgh, working on…

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Stephen Maberly

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I am a lake ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how external stressors and internal interactions affect the structure and function…

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Ellie Mackay

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I am a freshwater ecologist with an interest in the collection and use of long term and high frequency data to answer critical questions about how…

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Eva Maire

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My name is Eva. I am a postdoc at LEC working on coral reef systems using both ecological and social-ecological approaches. I've used R mostly…

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Francesca Mancini

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I am an ecological modeller researching drivers of biodiversity change. I use statistical models to derive trends in species distribution and…

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Cristina Martin Hernandez

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

Research Associate in information systems and a data analyst. Manage, develop and maintain websites such as APIS, SCAIL and UK Critical Loads and…

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Kelly Mason

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I am interested in carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems in relation to climate and land-use change. I specialize in trace gases…

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Linda May

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I have more than 40 years’ of experience as a freshwater ecologist. Initially, my main research focus was the population dynamics of zooplankton and…

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Anthea Milnes

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

I am the Head of Communications and Engagement at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

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Deena Mobbs

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I am a member of the Ecological and Socio-Ecological Interactions Group at Edinburgh, working as a modeller and data specialist. I am also a member…

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Thomas Mondain-Monval

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I am an ecologist interested in changes in the behaviours, movements and distributions of species due to climate change. I am particularly interested…

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Simon Oakley

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I investigate the effects of climate and land use change on plant-soil biogeochemical processes in terrestrial ecosystems, delivering research to…

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Luke Parry

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Luke is a social scientist interested in identifying pathways towards socially-just and sustainable futures for tropical forest regions, particularly…

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Mike Perring

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

Mike has expertise in environmental change effects on ecosystems gained using observational, experimental and simulation modelling approaches. His…

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Oliver L. Pescott

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I'm a plant ecologist and botanist with a strong interest in statistics, meta-science, and communicating uncertainty. A lot of my work at UKCEH…

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Michael Pocock

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I undertake research on ecological networks (food webs) and citizen science. I take a whole system approach to citizen science, including developing…

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Biren Rathod

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I'm web developer in BRC but I'm software engineer by profession.

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Susannah Rennie

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

I have over 20 years of experience in environmental data management - the main focus of my work has been on developing information management systems…

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Eftathios Reppas Chrysovitsinos

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am an environmental engineer with a PhD in Applied Environmental Science. At the moment, I am working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at…

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James Robinson

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research aims to understand how climate changes are impacting tropical ecosystems and fisheries, and to understand how fish can continue to…

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Ed Rowe

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I'm a user and designer of ecosystem models, with particular interests in soil / vegetation biogeochemistry, and dynamic niche occupancy models…

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Clare Rowland

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I am an Earth Observation Scientist. I use satellite data to produce maps of land cover, land cover change and plant biophysical variables. My work…

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Maria Salama

Member (Staff)
LU - School of Computing and Communications

Maria Salama is a senior research associate at Data Science of the Natural Environment (DSNE) research project.

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Reto Schmucki

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

Community ecologist, working on the impact of global changes on species distribution, plant-insect interactions and the mechanisms that structure…

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Paul Scholefield

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

My research interests examine the impact of environmental change and disturbance on terrestrial ecosystems , focusing on the interaction between the…

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Rod Scott

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

I am a software engineer developing data systems and data visualisations

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Fiona Seaton

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I am a quantitative ecologist based in the Land Use group in Lancaster. My main focus is on using various data science and statistical methods to…

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Stuart Sharp

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Stuart is an animal ecologist working principally with wild populations of birds and mammals to address questions at the interface between animal…

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Barry Simons

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

LEC Business Partnerships Manager
I have over 20 years experience working in environmental and sustainability policy and strategy including…

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Andrew Singer

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

I'm an environmental microbiologist with an interest in pollution, it's impact on the environment, AMR selection, and human health

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Simon Smart

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

Ecologist interested in understanding human impacts on soils, vegetation and plant biodiversity via modelling and retrospective analysis of…

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Amin Soltangheisi

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I do research in soil chemistry and plant nutrition and fertilization. I am mostly focused on the fate of phosphorus in agroecosystems. My current…

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Stacia Stetkiewicz

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am an interdisciplinary researcher who works across the boundaries of agroecology, biology, and social science in order to identify win-wins for…

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Adam Sykulski

Member (Staff)
LU - School of Mathematics and Statistics

I am a statistician focussing on spatiotemporal data, in other words data collected over space and time (for example an of array of sensors…

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Yuk Tang

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

I am an atmospheric scientist with expertise in the development and application of low-cost and innovative air sampling methods for the monitoring of…

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Michael Tso

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

I am a hydrologist and geophysicist by background with specific interests in the impacts of soil moisture and contaminant transport. I also have an…

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Wlodek Tych

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My main interest and background is in developing methods and tools for time series analysis and, in general, analysis of uncertain dynamic and non-…

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Emily Upcott

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

Emily is a spatial ecology research associate who uses analytical and modelling approaches to address ecological questions. She is involved in a…

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Matthew Wiggins

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

Currently a Research Associate new to the field of Land Surface Modelling with a focus on hydrological aspects.

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Megan Williams

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

I work as a Research Associate / Spatial Data Analyst within the Emissions Sources, Sinks and Solutions group at the UK Centre for Ecology and…

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Claire Wood

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I currently work in the Land Use Group at Lancaster, working as a (spatial) data manager and analyst. Additionally, I work as a member of the…

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Gabriel Yesuf

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am an interdisciplinary environmental scientist and modeler. My research interest aims to provide evidence-based assessment of environmental change…

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Peter Young

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Retired Professor Emeritus but continuing with research and development, mainly on data-based mechanistic (DBM) modelling , forecasting and control…

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Alejandra Zarate-Potes

Member (Staff)
LU - Other

In my research I study how interactions between animals and microbes work and evolve, how they influence each other’s health and the conditions that…

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Ce Zhang

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Ce is a Lecturer in Geospatial Data Science based in CEEDS. He has extensive expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning…

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James Boon

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

James is an ENVISION DTP NERC funded PhD student based at the University of Nottingham, supervised by Dr Richard Field (University of Nottingham), Dr…

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Merry Crowson

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I am a PhD student at ZSL Institute of Zoology and UKCEH. I have a background in remote sensing, but my PhD is on big data and its role in the…

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Noelia Dominguez Alvarez

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I'm currently doing a PhD focused on the long-term effect of environmental changes on the behaviour and population ecology of the dipper in the…

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George Linney

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I am a PhD student at UKCEH and Lancaster University. My research aims to improve the modelling of the uncertain evidence base that underlies…

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Catherine Sheppard

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research aims to understand how the behaviour of reef fish influences the resilience of coral reefs to environmental change. Specifically, I look…

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Andrew Slater

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

1st year PhD student - Sequencing to Satellites: integrating biodiversity surveys across scales.
I will be learning Occupancy and Joint…

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Daniel Smith

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I'm a doctoral student at the University of Reading and UKCEH under Dr Beth Purse, studying how a trait-based approach to mosquito distribution…

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Galina Toteva

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

Galina is a PhD researcher at the Edinburgh site of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Her focus is on the relationship between increased nitrogen…

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Becky Turner

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Biodiversity

I am a PhD candidate at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford. My main interests lie in the applications of ecological modelling for…

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Helen Whitehead

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Pollution

I am a UKCEH Pollution PhD student looking at the effects of radiation pollution on birds within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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Kate Wright

Member (Student)
LU - School of Computing and Communications

I am a PhD student looking at understanding how stakeholders derive valid and actionable decisions from data science in the face of uncertainty.

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