Dr Lauren Parry

  • Lecturer (Environmental Stewardship) (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Biography

I am a Physical Geographer with an interest in peatlands and organic soils.

My current research focusses on the development and dynamics of peatland systems, with two recent projects including:

  • Validating a transformative remote sensing method for measuring the vertical motion of peatland, which is a powerful indication of peat soil condition. This is funded by NERC and in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham and Highlands and Islands
  • Combining understanding of the processes of peatland development with geostatistical approaches to develop a novel approach for predicting peat depth. Funded by EPSRC and collaborating with Statistics at the University of Glasgow

I completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project at the University of Leeds from 2011-2014. This involved developing and adapting geophysical techniques (predominantly Ground Penetrating Radar) to create catchment scale surveys of the peatland environment with a moorland restoration company.

I also held a research fellowship at the University of Leeds, where I was involved in multiple moorland restoration and management research projects. I designed, delivered and wrote up a variety of projects which estimated landscape scale carbon flux, using both remote sensing and field measurements, and understanding production of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) under burn management.

I was awarded a PhD from the University of Exeter in 2011. My thesis considered the sustainable carbon management of moorlands and achieved two primary aims:

  • To quantify and map the spatial distribution of soil organic carbon (SOC) storage in blanket peatlands
  • To assess how long-term land management and peatland degradation impacts upon peatland carbon sequestration

The diverse nature of this PhD enabled me to develop a broad range of skills and specialisms, including surveying, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), radionuclide dating of recently accumulated peat and spatial modelling. My PhD research was sponsored by the National Trust, Dartmoor National Park Authority, the Duchy of Cornwall and Natural England.

I enjoyed seeing the outputs of my research being used in the real world and as a result I have developed a great enthusiasm for applied research and knowledge exchange.


Research interests

  • Environmental change and land-use impact upon the development and functioning of peatlands.
  • Peatland carbon storage, accumulation and cycling.
  • Spatial modelling of peatland properties and associated ecosystem services.
  • Peatland management and restoration.

Grants

  • NERC. Soil Security Programme. InSAR as a Tool to evaluate Peatland Sensitivity to global change. £234,546. Co-I. with Dr David Large (PI, University of Nottingham), Dr Roxanne Anderson (Co-I, University of Highlands and Islands) and Prof. Stuart Marsh (Co-I, University of Nottingham).
  • EPSRC. SECURE feasability projects. 'Improved approaches for mapping and modelling peatland extent and depth'. £24,962. PI. with Dr Duncan Lee and Dr Surijit Ray, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow.
  • University of Glasgow Chancellor's Award. Teaching in the natural environment: a hydrology laboratory to provide students with real world environmental monitoring skills. £3000.
  • Seale Hayne Educational Trust. Carbon management in moorlands: effects of drainage and re-wetting on carbon sequestration for radio-isotope dating with Dr William Blake and Professor Dan Charman. £9000.
  • British Society for Soil Science grant for travel, accommodation and attendance at ‘Soil Organic Matters’ conference, Rothamstead Research. £400.
  • Peat-net grant for travel, accommodation and attendance at ‘Carbon in Peatlands’ conference, Prague, Czech Republic. £450.

Supervision

PhD students

Dr Kathryn Smith . 2014 - 2017. 'Impact of tracks on blanket peatland ecohydrology'. University of Leeds (PhD). Co-supervisor with Prof Joseph Holden (University of Leeds). Industry Funded.

Postdoctural

Dr Dylan Young. 'Improved approaches for mapping and modelling peatland extent and depth'. EPSRC. 2016 - 2017.


Teaching

  • Convener DUMF 2024 'Research methods for environmental scientists'
  • Convener DUMF 1043 'Earth System Science'
  • Supervisor of Honours projects

Publications

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Number of items: 29.

2019

Gatis, N., Luscombe, D.J., Carless, D., Parry, L.E. , Fyfe, R.M., Harrod, T.R., Brazier, R.E. and Anderson, K. (2019) Mapping upland peat depth using airborne radiometric and lidar survey data. Geoderma, 335, pp. 78-87. (doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.07.041)

2018

Young, D. M., Parry, L. E. , Lee, D. and Ray, S. (2018) Spatial models with covariates improve estimates of peat depth in blanket peatlands. PLoS ONE, 13(9), e0202691. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202691) (PMID:30192790) (PMCID:PMC6128521)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2018) Sedimentary records of coastal storm surges: Evidence of the 1953 North Sea event. Marine Geology, (doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2018.06.013) (In Press)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2018) Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland. Global Change Biology, 24(2), pp. 738-757. (doi:10.1111/gcb.13950)

2016

McKendrick-Smith, K., Holden, J. and Parry, L. E. (2016) Impact of Mesh Tracks and Low-Ground-Pressure Vehicle Use on Blanket Peat Hydrology. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 Apr 2016, (Unpublished)

Turner, T. E., Swindles, G. T., Charman, D. J., Langdon, P. G., Morris, P. J., Booth, R. K., Parry, L. E. and Nichols, J. E. (2016) Solar cycles or random processes? Evaluating solar variability in Holocene climate records. Scientific Reports, 6, 23961. (doi:10.1038/srep23961) (PMID:27045989) (PMCID:PMC4820721)

2015

Ma, K., Liu, J., Zhang, Y., Parry, L. E. , Holden, J. and Ciais, P. (2015) Refining soil organic carbon stock estimates for China's palustrine wetlands. Environmental Research Letters, 10, 124016. (doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124016)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2015) The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Scientific Reports, 5, 17951. (doi:10.1038/srep17951) (PMID:26647837) (PMCID:PMC4673699)

Parry, L.E. , Chapman, P.J., Palmer, S.M., Wallage, Z.E., Wynne, H. and Holden, J. (2015) The influence of slope and peatland vegetation type on riverine dissolved organic carbon and water colour at different scales. Science of the Total Environment, 527-28, pp. 530-539. (doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.036) (PMID:26003614)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2015) Evaluating the use of testate amoebae for palaeohydrological reconstruction in permafrost peatlands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 424, pp. 111-122. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.02.004)

2014

Parry, L. E. , Holden, J. and Chapman, P. J. (2014) Restoration of blanket peatlands. Journal of Environmental Management, 133, pp. 193-205. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.11.033) (PMID:24384281)

Chapman, P., Holden, J., Palmer, S., Parry, L. , Wallage, Z. and Wynne, H. (2014) Does the Composition of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) in Peatland Streams Reflect the DOC Leached from Vegetation, Litter and Soil? In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, 27 Apr - 2 May 2014,

Holden, J., Baird, A.J., Parry, L.E. , Chapman, P.J., Palmer, S.E., Wallage, Z.E. and Wynne, H. (2014) The impact of blocking natural peat pipes on water-table depth and water quality. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, 27 Apr - 2 May 2014,

Parry, L. , West, L. J., Holden, J. and Chapman, P. J. (2014) Evaluating approaches for estimating peat depth. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 119(4), pp. 567-576. (doi:10.1002/2013JG002411)

2013

Parry, L. E. and Charman, D. J. (2013) Modelling soil organic carbon distribution in blanket peatlands at a landscape scale. Geoderma, 211-12, pp. 75-84. (doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.07.006)

Parry, L. E. , Charman, D. J. and Blake, W. H. (2013) Comparative dating of recent peat deposits using natural and anthropogenic fallout radionuclides and Spheroidal Carbonaceous Particles (SCPs) at a local and landscape scale. Quaternary Geochronology, 15, pp. 11-19. (doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2013.01.002)

Fyfe, R.M., Coombe, R., Davies, H. and Parry, L. (2013) The importance of sub-peat carbon storage as shown by data from Dartmoor, UK. Soil Use and Management, 30(1), pp. 23-31. (doi:10.1111/sum.12091)

Holden, J., Chapman, P.J., Palmer, S.M., Parry, L.E. , Baird, A.J., Wallage, Z.E., Wynne, H. and Smith, M.W. (2013) Catchment Management Batch: Investigations into Moorland Burning, Vegetation Cover Type, Pipe Blocking and Intake Clearance on Raw Water Quality. Project Report. University of Leeds.

2012

Parry, L. E. , Charman, D. J. and Noades, J. P. W. (2012) A method for modelling peat depth in blanket peatlands. Soil Use and Management, 28(4), pp. 614-624. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-2743.2012.00447.x)

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Dinsdale, J. and Roberts, R. (2012) Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Map Peat Condition at a Landscape Scale. In: 14th International Peatlands Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, 3-8 June 2012,

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Dinsdale, J. and Roberts, R. (2012) Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Map Peat Condition at a Landscape Scale. In: Joint British Ecological Society and IUCN UK Peatland Programme Symposium, Bangor, 26-28 June 2012,

2011

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Evans, S. and Evans, G. (2011) Using Geo-Physical Surveying to Inform Peatland Management. Investing in Peatlands - Delivering Multiple Benefits Conference, Stirling, 20-22 June 2011.

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Evans, S. and Evans, G. (2011) Using Geo-Physical Surveying to Inform Peatland Management. LIFE Active Blanket Bog in Wales, Lake Vyrnwy, Wales

2010

Billett, M. F. et al. (2010) Carbon balance of UK peatlands: current state of knowledge and future research challenges. Climate Research, 45, pp. 13-29. (doi:10.3354/cr00903)

House, J. et al. (2010) Vulnerability of Upland Peatland Services to Climate Change. Project Report. Environment Agency.

Parry, L. (2010) The Sustainable Carbon Management of Moorlands: a Case Study on Dartmoor National Park. Climate Change and Sustainable Futures Conference, Exeter, 17 Nov 2010.

2009

Parry, L. (2009) Methods for Sustainably Managing Carbon in Moorlands. Plymouth Environmental Science Symposium, Plymouth, UK

Parry, L. and Charman, D. (2009) Methods for Modeling Soil Organic Carbon Distribution at a Landscape Scale: a Case Study on Dartmoor, Southwest England. In: The 2nd International Symposium Peatlands in the Global Carbon Cycle, Prague, Czech Republic, 25-30 Sept 2009,

2008

Parry, L. (2008) Policy and Practice for the Sustainable Carbon Management of Moorlands. Great Western Research Meeting, Exeter, UK

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Number of items: 29.

Articles

Gatis, N., Luscombe, D.J., Carless, D., Parry, L.E. , Fyfe, R.M., Harrod, T.R., Brazier, R.E. and Anderson, K. (2019) Mapping upland peat depth using airborne radiometric and lidar survey data. Geoderma, 335, pp. 78-87. (doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.07.041)

Young, D. M., Parry, L. E. , Lee, D. and Ray, S. (2018) Spatial models with covariates improve estimates of peat depth in blanket peatlands. PLoS ONE, 13(9), e0202691. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202691) (PMID:30192790) (PMCID:PMC6128521)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2018) Sedimentary records of coastal storm surges: Evidence of the 1953 North Sea event. Marine Geology, (doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2018.06.013) (In Press)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2018) Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland. Global Change Biology, 24(2), pp. 738-757. (doi:10.1111/gcb.13950)

Turner, T. E., Swindles, G. T., Charman, D. J., Langdon, P. G., Morris, P. J., Booth, R. K., Parry, L. E. and Nichols, J. E. (2016) Solar cycles or random processes? Evaluating solar variability in Holocene climate records. Scientific Reports, 6, 23961. (doi:10.1038/srep23961) (PMID:27045989) (PMCID:PMC4820721)

Ma, K., Liu, J., Zhang, Y., Parry, L. E. , Holden, J. and Ciais, P. (2015) Refining soil organic carbon stock estimates for China's palustrine wetlands. Environmental Research Letters, 10, 124016. (doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124016)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2015) The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Scientific Reports, 5, 17951. (doi:10.1038/srep17951) (PMID:26647837) (PMCID:PMC4673699)

Parry, L.E. , Chapman, P.J., Palmer, S.M., Wallage, Z.E., Wynne, H. and Holden, J. (2015) The influence of slope and peatland vegetation type on riverine dissolved organic carbon and water colour at different scales. Science of the Total Environment, 527-28, pp. 530-539. (doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.036) (PMID:26003614)

Swindles, G. T. et al. (2015) Evaluating the use of testate amoebae for palaeohydrological reconstruction in permafrost peatlands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 424, pp. 111-122. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.02.004)

Parry, L. E. , Holden, J. and Chapman, P. J. (2014) Restoration of blanket peatlands. Journal of Environmental Management, 133, pp. 193-205. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.11.033) (PMID:24384281)

Parry, L. , West, L. J., Holden, J. and Chapman, P. J. (2014) Evaluating approaches for estimating peat depth. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 119(4), pp. 567-576. (doi:10.1002/2013JG002411)

Parry, L. E. and Charman, D. J. (2013) Modelling soil organic carbon distribution in blanket peatlands at a landscape scale. Geoderma, 211-12, pp. 75-84. (doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.07.006)

Parry, L. E. , Charman, D. J. and Blake, W. H. (2013) Comparative dating of recent peat deposits using natural and anthropogenic fallout radionuclides and Spheroidal Carbonaceous Particles (SCPs) at a local and landscape scale. Quaternary Geochronology, 15, pp. 11-19. (doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2013.01.002)

Fyfe, R.M., Coombe, R., Davies, H. and Parry, L. (2013) The importance of sub-peat carbon storage as shown by data from Dartmoor, UK. Soil Use and Management, 30(1), pp. 23-31. (doi:10.1111/sum.12091)

Parry, L. E. , Charman, D. J. and Noades, J. P. W. (2012) A method for modelling peat depth in blanket peatlands. Soil Use and Management, 28(4), pp. 614-624. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-2743.2012.00447.x)

Billett, M. F. et al. (2010) Carbon balance of UK peatlands: current state of knowledge and future research challenges. Climate Research, 45, pp. 13-29. (doi:10.3354/cr00903)

Research Reports or Papers

Holden, J., Chapman, P.J., Palmer, S.M., Parry, L.E. , Baird, A.J., Wallage, Z.E., Wynne, H. and Smith, M.W. (2013) Catchment Management Batch: Investigations into Moorland Burning, Vegetation Cover Type, Pipe Blocking and Intake Clearance on Raw Water Quality. Project Report. University of Leeds.

House, J. et al. (2010) Vulnerability of Upland Peatland Services to Climate Change. Project Report. Environment Agency.

Conference or Workshop Item

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Evans, S. and Evans, G. (2011) Using Geo-Physical Surveying to Inform Peatland Management. Investing in Peatlands - Delivering Multiple Benefits Conference, Stirling, 20-22 June 2011.

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Evans, S. and Evans, G. (2011) Using Geo-Physical Surveying to Inform Peatland Management. LIFE Active Blanket Bog in Wales, Lake Vyrnwy, Wales

Parry, L. (2010) The Sustainable Carbon Management of Moorlands: a Case Study on Dartmoor National Park. Climate Change and Sustainable Futures Conference, Exeter, 17 Nov 2010.

Parry, L. (2009) Methods for Sustainably Managing Carbon in Moorlands. Plymouth Environmental Science Symposium, Plymouth, UK

Parry, L. (2008) Policy and Practice for the Sustainable Carbon Management of Moorlands. Great Western Research Meeting, Exeter, UK

Conference Proceedings

McKendrick-Smith, K., Holden, J. and Parry, L. E. (2016) Impact of Mesh Tracks and Low-Ground-Pressure Vehicle Use on Blanket Peat Hydrology. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 Apr 2016, (Unpublished)

Chapman, P., Holden, J., Palmer, S., Parry, L. , Wallage, Z. and Wynne, H. (2014) Does the Composition of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) in Peatland Streams Reflect the DOC Leached from Vegetation, Litter and Soil? In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, 27 Apr - 2 May 2014,

Holden, J., Baird, A.J., Parry, L.E. , Chapman, P.J., Palmer, S.E., Wallage, Z.E. and Wynne, H. (2014) The impact of blocking natural peat pipes on water-table depth and water quality. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, 27 Apr - 2 May 2014,

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Dinsdale, J. and Roberts, R. (2012) Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Map Peat Condition at a Landscape Scale. In: 14th International Peatlands Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, 3-8 June 2012,

Parry, L. , Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J., Dinsdale, J. and Roberts, R. (2012) Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Map Peat Condition at a Landscape Scale. In: Joint British Ecological Society and IUCN UK Peatland Programme Symposium, Bangor, 26-28 June 2012,

Parry, L. and Charman, D. (2009) Methods for Modeling Soil Organic Carbon Distribution at a Landscape Scale: a Case Study on Dartmoor, Southwest England. In: The 2nd International Symposium Peatlands in the Global Carbon Cycle, Prague, Czech Republic, 25-30 Sept 2009,

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