Dr Jonathan Hillier
After acquiring a PhD in Mathematics from the University of York in 1997 Jon Hillier has worked on a range of crop modelling projects. Between 1999 and 2002 he was employed as a research scientist at the James Hutton Institute (formerly SCRI), developing plant-herbivore dynamic models for the risk assessment of GM crops. From 2002 and 2006 he worked at INRA in Grignon, France, and at University College London on architectural crop modelling and its uses in remote sensing for crop monitoring. In December 2006 he moved to the University of Aberdeen to work on assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from energy crop production on the TSEC-Biosys project. Over the last few years his main focus has been on the scientific development and application of greenhouse gas emissions from farming for both bioenergy and conventional food crops.
At the University of Aberdeen:
Cool Farming Options (http://sustainablefood.org/projects/climate). A global industry sponsored project, facilitated by the Sustainable Food Lab, assessing GHG emissions of a wide range farming systems.
CARBO-Extreme (http://www.carbo-extreme.eu/). "The terrestrial Carbon cycle under Climate Variability and Extremes: a Pan-European synthesis"
Development of the "Cool Farm Tool" - a farmer-friendly GHG emission calculator. In collaboration with Unilever Sustanable Agriculture.
Modelling land use change scenarios in the UK - Defra project SP0567 “Assembling UK-wide data on soil carbon (and greenhouse gas fluxes) in the context of land management”.
TSEC-Biosys (http://www.tsec-biosys.ac.uk/). Use of soil GHG models towards a whole-systems approach to analysing bio-energy demand and supply in the UK.
January 2004 – October 2006: University College London. Applications of a 3D-dynamic model of winter wheat to SAR and hyperspectral remote crop monitoring.
September 2002 – December 2003: INRA-Grignon, France. Parameterisation of architectural plant models from field data.
July 1999 – August 2002: SCRI, Dundee. Development of a generic, mathematical model for the integrated management of a crop containing antifeedant transgenes.
February 1997 - August 1998. University of Wales Bangor. Modelling of the reaction kinetics of wood acetylation.
Environmental sustainability of food and bioenergy crops production.
Modelling of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
Modelling greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture from food and bioenergy crops.
Contributions to Journals
- Hillier, JG., Brentrup, F., Wattenbach, M., Walter, C., Garcia-Suarez, T., Mila-I-Canals, L. & Smith, P. (2012). 'Which cropland greenhouse gas mitigation options give the greatest benefits in different world regions?: Climate and soil-specific predictions from integrated empirical models'. Global Change Biology, vol 18, no. 6, pp. 1880-1894.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02671.x
- Hillier, JG., Walter, C., Malin, D., Garcia-Suarez, T., Mila-i-Canals, L. & Smith, P. (2011). 'A farm-focused calculator for emissions from crop and livestock production'. Environmental Modelling and Software, vol 26, no. 9, pp. 1070-1078.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2011.03.014
- Fitton, N., Ejerenwa, CP., Bhogal, A., Edgington, P., Black, H., Lilly, A., Barraclough, D., Worrall, F., Hillier, J. & Smith, P. (2011). 'Greenhouse gas mitigation potential of agricultural land in Great Britain'. Soil Use & Management, vol 27, no. 4, pp. 491-501.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2011.00365.x
- Smith, J., Gottschalk, P., Bellarby, J., Chapman, S., Lilly, A., Towers, W., Bell, J., Coleman, K., Nayak, D., Richards, M., Hillier, J., Flynn, H., Wattenbach, M., Aitkenhead, M., Yeluripati, J., Farmer, J., Milne, R., Thomson, A., Evans, C., Whitmore, A., Falloon, P. & Smith, P. (2010). 'Estimating changes in Scottish soil carbon stocks using ECOSSE. I. Model description and uncertainties'. Climate Research, vol 45, no. 1, pp. 179-192.
[Online] DOI: 10.3354/cr00899
- Smith, J., Gottschalk, P., Bellarby, J., Chapman, S., Lilly, A., Towers, W., Bell, J., Coleman, K., Nayak, D., Richards, M., Hillier, J., Flynn, H., Wattenbach, M., Aitkenhead, M., Yeluripati, J., Farmer, J., Milne, R., Thomson, A., Evans, C., Whitmore, A., Falloon, P. & Smith, P. (2010). 'Estimating changes in Scottish soil carbon stocks using ECOSSE. II. Application'. Climate Research, vol 45, no. 1, pp. 193-205.
[Online] DOI: 10.3354/cr00902
- Smith, P., Bhogal, A., Edgington, P., Black, H., Lilly, A., Barraclough, D., Worrall, F., Hillier, J. & Merrington, G. (2010). 'Consequences of feasible future agricultural land-use change on soil organic carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions in Great Britain'. Soil Use & Management, vol 26, no. 4, pp. 381-398.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2010.00283.x
- Hillier, JG., Hawes, C., Squire, G., Hilton, A., Wale, S. & Smith, P. (2009). 'The carbon footprints of food crop production'. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, vol 7, no. 2, pp. 107-118.
[Online] DOI: 10.3763/ijas.2009.0419
- Hillier, JG., Whittaker, C., Dailey, G., Aylott, M., Casella, E., Richter, GM., Riche, A., Murphy, R., Taylor, G. & Smith, P. (2009). 'Greenhouse gas emissions from four bioenergy crops in England and Wales: Integrating spatial estimates of yield and soil carbon balance in life cycle analyses'. Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol 1, no. 4, pp. 267-281.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2009.01021.x
- St Clair, S., Hillier, J. & Smith, P. (2008). 'Estimating the pre-harvest greenhouse gas costs of energy crop production'. Biomass & Bioenergy, vol 32, no. 5, pp. 442-452.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2007.11.001
- Hillier, JG., Smith, P., Hilton, A. & Wale, S. (2008). 'The carbon footprint of potato production'. Potato Newsletter, no. Spring 2008, pp. 2-5.
- Hillier, JG., Dailey, G., Aylott, M., Riche, A., Taylor, G., Richter, G. & Smith, P. (2008). 'Spatial predictions of greenhouse gas emissions associated with production of Miscanthus and short rotation coppice in the UK'. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, vol 150, no. 3 Supplement 1, pp. S181-S182.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.485
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