Land & Soil
Land & Soil

Land and healthy soils are some of our most precious and pressured natural resources. With multiple functions, multiple drivers of change and multiple beneficiaries, managing this resource is a complex task. We seek to address this complexity by combining the state-of-the-art in data and modelling approaches. By advancing our capacity to understand and predict land use and soil system change and ecosystem services, we can support better management of this vital resource. Our research involves a diverse range of approaches: from Earth Observation and data fusion to mechanistic modelling and machine learning.

Associated Members

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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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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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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Christopher Nemeth

Theme Leader
LU - School of Mathematics and Statistics

Chris Nemeth is a Lecturer in Statistical Learning in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University. His research is in the…

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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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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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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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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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Andrew Binley

Member (Staff)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

My research focuses on improved understanding of the transport of fluids within the shallow (top 100m) subsurface environment. Much of this work…

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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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Ed Carnell

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects

Spatial Data Anaylst - Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects group

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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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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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Thomas Chitson

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I am an early career researcher at UKCEH in the Hydrological Status and Outlooks group. Currently I am working on developing an interactive Shiny App…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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David Norris

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Soils & Land Use

I am a member of the UKCEH Informatics Liaison Network

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maliko Tanguy

Member (Staff)
UKCEH - Water Resources

I am a spatial data analyst in the Hydrological Status and Outlooks group at UKCEH. On the one hand, my job consists in creating, developing and…

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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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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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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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Guillaume Blanchy

Member (Student)
LU - Lancaster Environment Centre

Currently doing a PhD on applying geophysics to monitor soil moisture changes under large variety field trial for high-throughput phenotyping.…

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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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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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Carol Diffenthal

Member (Student)
UKCEH - Hydro-Climate Risks

Science Area Coordinator for Hydro-Climate Risks

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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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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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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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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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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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Associated Projects

Explainable AI for UK Agricultural Land Use Decision-making

Agricultural land use dynamics and their associated driving factors represent highly complex systems of flows that are subject to non-linearities, sensitivities, and uncertainties across spatial and…

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