Complex systems
Complex systems

The natural world is complex, and so it is not surprising that we want to view nature through this lens. But things are also becoming ever more complex because of the increasing influence of human systems on the environment. These effects now reach so far into nature it is becoming difficult to see where one ends and the other begins, creating hybrid systems of systems. And as society becomes ever more complex, so do the tools we have available to us to handle the complexity that we are creating. Data science has become central to this process of understanding and managing complexity. Our research aims to advance approaches for coupling models, capturing interdependencies and feedbacks, and exploring systemic solutions to environmental change.

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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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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Eleanor Blyth

Theme Leader
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

I work with the JULES model, ensuring that it correctly represents what we know about the water cycle. This involves studying processes such as soil…

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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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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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Amber Leeson

Theme Leader
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Amber Leeson is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Data Science at Lancaster University, where she is Theme Lead for Environment in the Data Science…

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Amy Thomas

Theme Leader
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

Amy is a soils, land use and public goods modeller specialising in development of modelling frameworks for local to national scale applications.…

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Paul Young

Theme Leader
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am an atmospheric and climate scientist, using environmental data science to conduct transdisciplinary research on global change. I collaborate…

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Vasileios Antoniou

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I work as a spatial data scientist in Water Resourses SA. I am an expert in spatial analysis, earth processes, active tectonics. Programming…

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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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Helen Baron

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

Helen Baron is a Hydrological Modeller in the Water Resources Systems Group at UKCEH, with a focus on model development and a background is in…

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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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Chris Bell

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

General interest in CEEDS topic areas - just observing.

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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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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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Matt Brown

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

I am a numerical modeller interested in doing the modelling and programming behind any project involving the physics of the natural world, especially…

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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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Erick Chacón Montalván

Member (Staff)
LU - School of Mathematics and Statistics

I am a senior research associate in environmental data science at DSNE with a PhD degree in Statistics and Epidemiology. My research focus is to…

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Rhian Chapman

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

I started at CEH in June 2018 with a background in modelling planetary climates, atmospheres, and surface-atmosphere interactions. I have experience…

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Elizabeth Cooper

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

I'm interested in measurements and models of soil moisture, soil hydraulic processes and data assimilation.

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Bernard Cosby

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I've enjoyed more than 40 years of research and teaching in the environmental sciences in the US, Canada and Europe. Prior to Joining UKCEH I…

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Jess Davies

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research focuses on sustainable soils, land and food systems across natural, agricultural and urban landscapes. Drawing on my background in…

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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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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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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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Sam Harrison

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

Environmental modeller specialising in the fate of contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic environments.

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Michael Hollaway

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

I am a meteorologist and atmospheric chemist by background with specific interests in the impacts of air pollution on human health and plants. I also…

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Ryan Hossaini

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Ryan is a NERC Independent Research Fellow and atmospheric chemist in LEC. He has over a decade of experience developing and applying process-based…

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Helen Houghton-Carr

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I am involved in hydrologically varied projects, both in the UK and overseas, the latter primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. These have…

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Mike James

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research involves understanding Earth surface change processes, with emphasis on volcanic flows such as lavas and domes. I use field measurements…

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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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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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Caroline King-Okumu

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

CEH International Development Opportunities Manager

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Ann Kretzschmar

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

BSc Environmental Science (1977), Masters - Engineering Hydrology (1978) and Environmental Informatics (2011), PhD (2017) - "Utilising Reverse…

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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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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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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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Cristina McBride-Serrano

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am a soil science research technician at the Lancaster Environment Centre. I am interested in soil and water conservation in a world with a…

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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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Robert Moore

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

I work within the Hydrological Forecasting Group at UKCEH with an interest in modelling how landscape properties shape a storm pattern to yield a…

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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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John Quinton

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Soil Scientist with interests in the sustainable use of soils, their interaction with water and approaches to monitoring and modelling their…

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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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Stefan Reis

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

My work focuses on the integrated modelling and assessment of impacts of air pollution and climate change on human health and ecosystems.

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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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Clarissa Rizzo

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I'm an early career scientist in the Water Resources Group at UKCEH. I’m currently involved in hydrological modelling and data processing.

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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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Ali Rudd

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

Ali is a Hydrological Modeller at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. She has experience in the application and evaluation of national-scale…

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Mariana Rufino

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I study complex landscapes and how these produce biomass, food, and supply water. I use in my research empirical measurements (soil, plants, water),…

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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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Janice Scheffler

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

I am a chemistry climate modeller turned air pollution modeller and have experience in meteorology, atmospheric modelling, data processing and…

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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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Kevin Sene

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I’m an Honorary Researcher at LEC where my interest is in using statistical tools to help understand complex hydrological systems to inform the…

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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 Stanley

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

My current role at CEH requires me to manage the processing and storage of data from sensor networks. This includes maintenance of Python and R…

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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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Joshua Talib

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

After completing my PhD titled "what determines the location and intensity of the Intertropical Convergence Zone" at the University of…

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Sam Tomlinson

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Pollution

Spatial Data Analyst, primarily in the field of emissions and atmospheric transport.

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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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Oliver Wild

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research interests are in atmospheric composition, chemistry and transport, and in understanding how natural and anthropogenic emissions of trace…

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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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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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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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Thomas Barnes

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

MRes glaciology student

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Alexander Bleasdale

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

I am a PhD student at Lancaster University on a Waitrose CTP funded project researching the use of remote sensing for sustainable intensification of…

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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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Jeremy Daniel Carter

Member (Student)
LU - School of Mathematics and Statistics

I'm a PhD student at Lancaster, based in the Mathematics and Statistics department within the Data Science for the Natural Environment (DSNE)…

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Carol Diffenthal

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

Science Area Coordinator for Hydro-Climate Risks

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Sarah Jones

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

A first year PhD student with research interests in sustainable land use and food systems. Part of the Data science of the Natural Environment.

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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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Eva Mitchell

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

TPG Environmental Management, Food security pathway MSc

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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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Vincent Verjans

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

PhD student in glaciology. My research focuses on firn densification modelling. I apply physically-based models and use statistical methodologies in…

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