Secretariat

Meet the secretariat team

UKEOF has a small Secretariat, hosted by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH). The members of the secretariat are:

Don Monteith

Don Monteith

Programme Manager & Secretariat Team Leader

Don coordinates the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) and UK Upland Waters Network (UWMN). He has over 20 years’ experience in long-term environmental monitoring, survey and assessment of the ecological health of semi-natural ecosystems. His research has focussed on the causes and consequences of long-term environmental change, particularly with respect to the impacts of air pollution, climate change and land use on the biogeochemistry and ecology of upland lakes and streams and their catchments.

Don replaced Anita Weatherby in 2019.

Jenny

Jenny Christelow

Secretariat Support for Citizen Science

Jenny is an Ecologist and Project Coordinator with UKCEH. A main focus of her work has been coordinating a landscape-scale species monitoring project of agri-environment schemes. Stakeholder engagement forms a core part of her work, along with continually developing her taxonomic skill-base.

Linda May

Linda May

Secretariat Lead for Scotland

Linda is a freshwater ecologist in UKCEH. Her current research focuses on linking catchment pressures to ecological impacts, especially in relation to the restoration and remediation of impacted waterbodies. She is also involved the mapping of Natural Capital and ecosystem services that are provided by freshwater systems at UK scale.

Lisa Norton

Lisa Norton

Secretariat Lead for Natural Capital

As a plant / landscape ecologist, Lisa has led and been involved with the UK Countryside Survey, a national survey incorporating habitats, landscape features, vegetation, soils and water, for almost 20 years. Her research focuses on monitoring and management of natural capital for ecosystem service (ES) delivery.

Gareth Old

Gareth Old

Secretariat Lead for Monitoring and Modelling & Wales

Gareth is a hydrologist in UKCEH. His research has focused on river flow and sediment transport (including its quality) and their ecological impacts. He has worked on projects for DEFRA and Natural England that have involved the collection and assessment of evidence for the effectiveness of agri-environment mitigation schemes and the specification of appropriate monitoring programmes. His current research focuses on Working With Natural Processes and, in particular, Natural Flood Management.

Michael Pocock

Michael Pocock

Secretariat Lead for Citizen Science

Michael is an ecologist at UKCEH, working in the Biological Records Centre. He runs citizen science activities (engaging thousands of people), uses volunteer-collected data for research, and supports best practice in citizen science. He also studies the impacts of environmental change on the networks of interactions between species.

Dan Read

Dan Read

Secretariat Lead for DNA

Dan leads the Molecular Ecology research group at UKCEH Wallingford. His research primarily focuses on the application of molecular techniques to describe biodiversity and function in aquatic ecosystems. He has worked on projects for the Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to develop environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques for the assessment of lake fish, as well as leading research into the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in freshwater ecosystems.

Jo Savage

Jo Savage

Programme Coordinator and Secretariat Support for Natural Capital

Jo is a field ecologist at UKCEH. Her research focuses on enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem service delivery in agricultural and grassland ecosystems. She is also interested in projects that encourage stakeholders across all communities to work together for the benefit of the natural environment.

Andy Sier

Andy Sier

Communications Lead / Webmaster

Andy's role in UKCEH is to provide communications expertise for a wide range of projects and initiatives, particularly with respect to website development and content, graphic design, desktop publishing and social media. He has worked on a wide range of projects and international networks concerned with environmental observation, including the UK Environmental Change Network.

Emily Trill

Emily Trill

Secretariat Support for Data Advisory Group

Emily is a Hydrologist - Field Scientist at UKCEH. Her current research is focused on river flow, sediment transport, soil hydrology and working with natural processes; in particular Natural Flood Management. She is also National River Flow Archive regional representative, involving quality control of large datasets and knowledge of operational complications and data issues.

Stephen Turner

Stephen Turner

Secretariat Lead for Data Advisory Group

Stephen is a hydrologist in UKCEH and works on the National River Flow Archive. He is involved in all aspects of the data cycle including data acquisition, quality control and dissemination, with a focus on improvements to data and metadata quality and completeness.

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