I am currently a Post-doctoral Research Associate / Teaching Development Fellow in the School of GeoSciences. My primary research focus is on methods for soil carbon sequestration, including biochar and climate smart agriculture. I am currently working on a NERC-TSB funded project investigating the feasibility of remote sensing approaches for the measuring and monitoring of soil carbon under different agricultural land uses. My teaching work is currently focused on the GeoSciences Outreach course, where I am researching the key elements of the Outreach model and exploring the potential to transfer and implement the course across the University of Edinburgh and beyond, alongside development and provision of resources to support this.
I started work at the University of Edinburgh at the UK Biochar Research Centre in late 2009. My role involved the development of a toolkit to provide screening of different biochar products. The toolkit assesses biochar stability in soils, the effects of biochar additions on pre-existing soil carbon, and the agronomic value of biochar additions to soil.
Alongside my biochar work since early 2012 I was involved in a project exploring the mitigation potential of Climate Smart Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project was carried out in collaboration with a team from the Sustainability and Climate Change department at PwC UK and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The aims were to develop GHG accounting tools to provide quick and accurate assessments of the mitigation impact of various types of conservation agriculture and agroforesty, across sites in Zambia and Malawi. For more information see: SHAMBA
Prior to this I completed my PhD in 2009 at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor John Grace. My PhD title was "An investigation of carbon flows from forest soils, in relation to climatic warming", and involved work at forests in the U.K., as well as collaborative work carried out with the French National Institue for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Bordeaux, France.
I completed my MSc in Environmental Protection and Management at the University of Edinburgh in 2005, and a BSc (Hons) in Marine and Environmental Biology at the University of St. Andrews in 2004.