Dr Lauren Parry
- Lecturer (Environmental Stewardship) (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Dr Dylan Young. 'Improved approaches for mapping and modelling peatland extent and depth'. EPSRC. 2016 - 2017.
- Convener DUMF 2024 'Research methods for environmental scientists'
- Convener DUMF 1043 'Earth System Science'
- Supervisor of Honours projects