I am in my first year of my my PhD researching carbon sequestration in native woodlands and their potential contribution to the UK’s net-zero emissions targets. Prior to this, I worked for Restoring Hardknott Forest, a partnership project between the University of Leeds and Forestry England to restore native woodland on a former conifer plantation in the Lake District. My research is funded by the NERC Panorama DTP with CASE partner Forest Research.
My PhD will explore the variations in carbon uptake and storage of different types of native woodland in the UK, taking into account variables such as species assemblage, soil type, age and previous land use. I am also interested in how the method of woodland creation may affect the carbon budget of woodland and the wider impacts of native woodland restoration for people and the environment.
- BSc Geology and Physical Geography (University of Edinburgh)