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CSU LogoColorado State University (USA)
April 2015 – Present (Full Time)
Soil and Crop Sciences

Long-term datasets from agricultural field sites across the American Great Plains are being used to assess how a number of ecosystem scale systems models can be improved to ensure reliable simulations given various management and climate change scenarios. This postdoctoral research position is in collaboration with the USDA and works towards feeding data and knowledge into the Agricultural Model Intercomparison Project (AgMIP). 

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CEH LogoCentre for Ecology and Hydrology (Lancaster, UK)
February 2011 – March 2015 (Full Time)
In association with Shell Research Ltd and The University of Aberdeen

Key deliverables of the project were to address the uncertainties that surround estimates of carbon pools under bioenergy plantations and to quantify the key fluxes within these pools. In addition to field studies, more mechanistic process based studies will quantify rates of soil carbon cycling under controlled environmental conditions analogous to 21st century climate change scenarios (e.g. moisture, temperature and CO2). The outputs of these studies will provide the mechanistic data required to parameterise and test soil carbon models specific to bioenergy energy crops. It is anticipated that these overall research outcomes will significantly inform future renewable bioenergy policies and address fundamental research questions about soil carbon cycling.

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Shell LogoShell Global Solutions (UK)
May 2009 – Septmber 2009 (Full Time)
Biofuels and Alternative Energy

I was hired to design and complete a way of assessing the impacts of land use change on soil carbon. It was decided that a meta analysis was the best way to synthesise previously published data to analyse the impacts quantitatively whilst also ensuring a measure of quality of data. This required a high level of organisation and technical knowledge in both environmental and statistical fields. I continued this project throughout my MSc course and as a result I feel my time management skills have developed significantly.

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Shell LogoShell Global Solutions (UK) – Project Developer
May 2008 – September 2008 (Full Time)
Base Oils Group

I was employed to initiate a project that created a repository of information on Shell's intranet; allowing Shell staff to research used oil legislation globally and the status of Shell's used oil operations in each country. The main deliverable of the project was a framework of linked websites within Shell's intranet, fed from a central Access database. The websites were designed using Macromedia Flash, creating a fully interactive map of each country, showing all used oil facilities within that country together with any associated local legislation. Towards the end of the project I organised and gave a number of presentations to managers and colleagues within Shell.

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Shell LogoShell Global Solutions (UK) – Lubricants Analyst 
June 2007 – September 2007 (Full Time) 
Analytical Department

In addition to the responsibilities listed in 2006, I was required to train two technical students in a number of physical and chemical testing methods. I was also asked to oversee the work of two junior colleagues working within the labs, in particular, ensuring they operated at high levels of quality and safety.

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Dyne logoDyne Solicitors (Tattenhall, Cheshire) and Allington Hughes Solicitors (Wrexham) 
May 2007 (Full Time intern placements)

Experience was gained in Environmental Law, reviewing and summarising cases for both solicitors and barristers within each firm. Main responsibilities included researching background information and aiding colleagues in preparing their advice for clients. At Allington Hughes my role was similar but cases revolved more around employment law and welfare rights, and less around environmental cases.

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Shell LogoShell Global Solutions (UK) - Lubricants Analyst 
April 2006 – September 2006 (Full Time) 
Analytical Department

Shell receives lubricant blends and hydrocarbon samples from external companies worldwide as well as from within Shell. My responsibilities included:

- Analysis of fresh and used samples for a variety of chemical and physical properties.
- Analysis of flash and fire points of each blend as well as the levels of dispersancy and contamination.
- Testing engine oils from the Ferrari Formula 1 grand prix team, assessing how each drive had driven.
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PGL LogoPGL Travel Ltd – Group Leader 
March 2005 – July 2005 (Full Time) 
PGL Dalguise

This is a children's activity holiday camp in Dalguise, central Scotland. My job was to care for children aged 7-17 from 6:30am to 11pm. Groups varied in size from 10 to 36 and changed every 5 days. Responsibilities included:

- Ensuring each child ate healthily and sufficiently 3 times per day.
- Ensuring the group was on time to activities and meals.
- Liaising and developing relationships with the children, accompanying adults and PGL staff.
The skills I developed at PGL were invaluable as they enable me to successfully communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds. I also achieved Level 2 NOCN credits in Health emergencies: identification and response.
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Shell LogoShell Global Solutions (UK) – Land Remediation Assistant 
August 2004 – January 2005 (Full Time) 
Health, Safety and Environment Department

I was hired to investigate and evaluate a new testing kit for ecotoxicology named ROTAS. My final evaluation was presented to the commissioning company, Cybersense Biosystems Ltd., on behalf of Shell.

In addition to this, I was a part of the land remediation team in the HSE department and was employed to:
- Collect and analyse contaminated soil samples from a number of refinery sites in northwest England.
- Evaluate contaminated soils across a number of sites worldwide, providing reports to senior staff.
- Work with two members of the department to develop possible solutions for soil contamination.
We designed and initiated a 5 year experiment using landfarming methods to aerate the soil, enhance microbial activity and ultimately reduce PAHs. The project finishes later this year but preliminary results are positive.