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Department / group: Biological & Environmental Sciences
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Research interests:

Agricultural diffuse pollution
wetland ecosystem services
pollution swapping – water quality and greenhouse gases
Nature based solutions
systems level thinking

Career history:

Geo-Environmental Consultant July 2019 – January 2021
• Project management
• Preparation of Phase 1 Desk Studies and formulation of Conceptual Site Models
• Undertake intrusive investigations to assess land contamination to determine potential risks to human health, controlled waters and the environment.
• Preparation of Remedial Strategies and Verification Plans
• Verification of Remedial Works
• Determination of outline foundation and drainage design parameters
• Soil, groundwater and groundgas monitoring and sampling
• Collate and analyse data within current UK guidelines
• Preparation of technical reports
• Liaison with clients and regulatory authorities

Lancaster University October 2018 – September 2019
Msc Sustainable Water Management: Merit
Course had a strong emphasis on practical study, providing the key skills and professional training required for a career as a practitioner or researcher. Modules are professionally accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in which I worked alongside University academics, JBA Consulting, Environment Agency and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
Relevant modules include; Catchment Protection, Sustainable Floodplain Management, Soil management, Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Management, Lake Ecology, and Geoinformatics.
Lancaster University October 2015 – June 2018

BSc Hons Physical Geography (Study abroad): 1st
Second year: University of Calgary
Field-based dissertation project researching the effect of land cover flood regimes in the overall context of natural flood management. Received the St. John Vincent award for work relating to Hydrology fieldwork and research.
Relevant modules included: Water Resource Management, Global Water Eesources, Hydrology, Water, Society and the Landscape, Lakes, Rivers and Estuaries, Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century, Landform processes and Morphology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental Processes and systems

Active research projects:

Integrated management of Scotland’s agricultural wetlands to deliver multiple benefits and minimise pollution swapping

Aim: Quantify the impacts of agricultural wetlands, used as a nature-based solution to diffuse pollution, on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration potential

1. Utilise a rapid wetland ecosystem service assessment technique to identify range of benefits beyond water quality improvement and develop a typology of agricultural wetlands
2. Quantify inflow / outflow concentrations of water quality parameters and spatial and temporal CO2, CH4 and N2O flux from the different field wetland typologies under investigation;
3. Evaluate GHG flux impacts from wetlands relative to (i) size of wetland contributing catchment area; and (ii) magnitude of multi-aquatic pollutant net retention;
4. Use scenario modelling to estimate the cumulative effects of multiple wetlands distributed across the landscape and guide future decision-making and policy design.

Recent publications: