My overarching research question asks: How can we use land to provide energy provisions whilst minimising environmental impacts?
Impacts of LUC to Willow Bioenergy
Fast growing second generation bioenergy crops, like willow and Miscanthus, provide the opportunity for renewable energy and benefits within the landscape. My research is interested in how we change land to bioenergy, and the impacts it can have on soil and whole ecosystem carbon and GHG balance.
Vertical Farming and Bioenergy
Vertical Farming involves indoor controlled environment cultivation, and can increase productivity per unit land area by 5-10 times. My research investigates the role which vertical farming can play in enabling bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). I am interested in how VF can be used to supply crops, or provide land sparing opportunities for bioenergy.
Hemp/Cannabis and Land Use Change
Products derived from cannabis have increased over the past few years, including the sale of CBD oil and legalisation of Cannabis for recreational drug use in many states and countries across the world. I am interested in what this means for land use change and associated environmental impacts.
IEA Bioenergy T45 - UK National Task Lead
I represent the UK for IEA Bioenergy Task 45 - Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the broader Bioeconomy. In this role I contribute to a number of collaborative tasks with countries across the world and act as a link between task 45 and UK research. For more information, please visit the T45 website.