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I am an Environmental Plant Biologist. I studied Biochemistry and Physiology as an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield (1994-1997) an MSc in Environmental Science at the University of Aberdeen (1999-2000) and a PhD at the University of Southampton (2003-2006) investigating the effects of climate change on tree growth, function and leaf fall in the autumn. I have also worked in the teaching profession and the arboriculture industry.

On completion of my PhD I stayed at the University of Southampton as a post doctoral researcher. I worked on a number of projects involved with understanding and optimising the sustainable use of plants as a source of bioenergy, and as a natural resource in sustainable urban planning. Additionally I was also involved in projects linking remote sensing with plant physiology across multiple scales. I joined the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth in 2013, where I am a lecturer in Environmental Plant Biology.

Research Interests

The main focus of my research is to develop the understanding of how vegetation responds to changing environmental conditions and I use techniques to study plants from the molecular to regional scales. Specific interests include:

  • The effects of climate change on plant growth and function.
  • Development of remote sensing algorithms for plant yield and stress.
  • The benefits of vegetation in the urban environment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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