Dr Anita Shepherd

Dr Anita Shepherd
Dr Anita Shepherd
Dr Anita Shepherd

CBiol, RPBio

Advanced Research Fellow

About
Email Address
anita.shepherd@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273810
Office Address

23 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen University

 

School/Department
School of Biological Sciences

Biography

An Advanced Research Fellow who models bioenergy crops and agricultural systems. Currently working on a UKRI perennial bioenergy crops demonstrator project with miscanthus, src willow and eddy covariance fluxes to determine the carbon balance after landuse change. Academic partners include University of Aberystwyth, Rothamsted and CEH. 

I provide crop, energy and environmental predictions predictions and administer the development of the global MiscanFor model for bioenergy crop growth, environmental effects and energy production. I use ECOSSE and DayCent and other models to provide agricultural systems and environmental projections.

I have a wide experience in agri-modelling. Previously, I was an agri-environmental modeller in sustainable grassland and nutrient cycling working at Rothamsted Research for 9.5 years, and worked in Canadian agriculture for 8 years to model water resources and drought occurrence. I use agri-systems models to provide future scenarios under different management systems or climate changes. 

Qualifications

  • PhD Agriculture & Environmental Science (Systems Modelling) 
    1996 - University of Newcastle Upon TYne 
  • MSc Remote Sensing 
    1990 - University of Dundee 
  • BA with 2.1 Hons Combined Studies (biology with geography) 
    1989 - Humberside College of Higher Educations 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Member of SBS Ethics Board

External Memberships

Member of Global Change Biology Bioenergy editorial advisory board

Associate Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

Chartered Biologist and member with the Royal Society of Biology, UK

Registered Professional and member with the College of Applied Biology, Canada

Latest Publications

  • Sustainability of bioenergy: Mapping the risks & benefits to inform future bioenergy systems

    Welfle, A. J., Almena, A., Arshad, M. N., Banks, S. W., Butnar, I., Chong, K. J., Cooper, S. J., Daly, H., Garcia Freites, S., Güleç, F., Hardacre, C., Holland, R., Lan, L., Lee, C. S., Robertson, P., Rowe, R., Shepherd, A., Skillen, N., Tedesco, S., Thornley, P., Verdía Barbará, P., Watson, I., Williams, O. S. A., Röder, M.
    Biomass and Bioenergy, vol. 177, 106919
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Building the Policy Ecosystem in Europe for Cultivation and Use of Perennial Biomass Crops

    Clifton-Brown, J., Hastings, A., von Cossel, M., Murphy-Bokern, D., McCalmont, J., Whitaker, J., Alexopoulou, E., Amaducci, S., Andronic, L., Ashman, C., Awty-Carroll, D., Bhatia, R., Breuer, L., Cosentino, S., Cracroft-Eley, W., Donnison, I., Elbersen, B., Ferrarini, A., Ford, J., Gattinger, A., Golicz, K., Greef, J., Ingram, J., Jensen, E., Kuhn, U., Lewandowski, I., Magenau, E., Mos, M., Meyer, H., Kasperczyk, N., Petrick, M., Pogrzeba, M., Pude, R., Robson, P., Retzler, C., Rowe, R. L., Sandu, A., Schmitt, A., Schmitt, A., Schwarz, K. U., Scordia, D., Scurlock, J., Shepherd, A., Thornton, J., Trindade, L. M., Vetter, S., Wagner, M., Yamada, T., Kiesel, A.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • An analysis of Earth temperature and related series in air and soil

    Dhanoa, M. S., Sanderson, R., Shepherd, A., Cardenas, L., J L, E., C D, P., Lopez, S., France, J.
    Advances in Agronomy. Elsevier, pp. 227-258, 32 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Perennial biomass cropping and use: shaping the policy ecosystem in European countries

    Clifton-Brown, J. C., Hastings, A., von Cossel, M., Murphy-Bokern, D., McCalmont, J., Whittaker, J., Alexopoulou, E., Amaducci, S., Andronic, L., Ashman, C., Awty-Carroll, D., Breuer, L., Cosentino, S., Cracroft-Eley, W., Donnison, I., Elbersen, B., Ferrarini, A., Ford, J., Greef, J. M., Ingram, J., Lewandowski, I., Magenau, E., Mos, M., Petrick, M., Pogrzeba, M., Robson, P., Rowe, R. L., Sandu, A., Schwarz, K., Scordia, D., Scurlock, J., Shepherd, A., Thornton, J., Trindade, L. M., Vetter, S., Wagner, M., Wu, P., Yamada, T., Kiesel, A.
    Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 5, 13038
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Novel Miscanthus hybrids: Modelling productivity on marginal land in Europe using dynamics of canopy development determined by light interception

    Shepherd, A., Awty-Carroll, D., Kam, J., Ashman, C., Magenau, E., Martani, E., Kontek, M., Ferrarini, A., Amaducci, S., Davey, C., Jurišić, V., Petrie, G., Al Hassan, M., Lamy, I., Lewandowski, I., de Maupeou, E., McCalmont, J., Trindade, L. M., van der Cruijsen, K., van der Pluijm, P., Rowe, R., Lovett, A., Donnison, I. S., Kiesel, A., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Hastings, A.
    Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 444-461
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Prizes and Awards

Certificate for lead author of a top cited article for 2 years in GCB Bioenergy

Supergen Bioenergy Hub Research Fellowship

Internal Aberdeen industrial partner funding award

Research

Current Research

2021 - 2025: UKRI-funded PBC4GGR (Perennial Bioenergy Crops for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Demonstrator Project), modelling bringing together agronomy data from plot trials and field scale eddy covariance, to develop a model for crop growth, yield and carbon projections.

Past Research

For my fellowship, I partnered with the GRACE project consortium of European partners to model novel seed propagated hybrids of miscanthus from European field trials, and produced projections from trial results of the European potential in yield and energy of the hybrids.

Knowledge Exchange

Each year I am involved as a scientist and essay assessor with Techfest STEM Next essay competition for schools, academies and colleges of higher education.

I am an associate of UKERC (Energy Research Centre) and Supergen Bioenergy hub.

Collaborations

Main Aberdeen departmental collaboration is work with Professor Astley Hastings and Antonio Castellano Albors 

Collaborations with University of Giessen, also staff of Aberystwyth, CEH, Rothamsted Research

Collaborated to publish papers with University of Lethbridge, Canada, Colorado State University, University of Saskatchewan, University of Guelph and Rothamsted Research.

 

Supervision

Currently co-supervisor for a PhD in developing a bioenergy crop growth and energy model for SRC willow

Funding and Grants

2018-2019 - FAB-GGR: Feasibility of Afforestation and Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage for Greenhouse Gas Removal. Project NE/P019951/1 funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

2019 - University Innovation Fund: Industry Fellowship for a bioenergy crop proposal with industrial partner, bioenergy crop developer Terravesta.

2021-22 - Supergen Bioenergy hub fellowship

Publications

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  • Sustainability of bioenergy: Mapping the risks & benefits to inform future bioenergy systems

    Welfle, A. J., Almena, A., Arshad, M. N., Banks, S. W., Butnar, I., Chong, K. J., Cooper, S. J., Daly, H., Garcia Freites, S., Güleç, F., Hardacre, C., Holland, R., Lan, L., Lee, C. S., Robertson, P., Rowe, R., Shepherd, A., Skillen, N., Tedesco, S., Thornley, P., Verdía Barbará, P., Watson, I., Williams, O. S. A., Röder, M.
    Biomass and Bioenergy, vol. 177, 106919
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Building the Policy Ecosystem in Europe for Cultivation and Use of Perennial Biomass Crops

    Clifton-Brown, J., Hastings, A., von Cossel, M., Murphy-Bokern, D., McCalmont, J., Whitaker, J., Alexopoulou, E., Amaducci, S., Andronic, L., Ashman, C., Awty-Carroll, D., Bhatia, R., Breuer, L., Cosentino, S., Cracroft-Eley, W., Donnison, I., Elbersen, B., Ferrarini, A., Ford, J., Gattinger, A., Golicz, K., Greef, J., Ingram, J., Jensen, E., Kuhn, U., Lewandowski, I., Magenau, E., Mos, M., Meyer, H., Kasperczyk, N., Petrick, M., Pogrzeba, M., Pude, R., Robson, P., Retzler, C., Rowe, R. L., Sandu, A., Schmitt, A., Schmitt, A., Schwarz, K. U., Scordia, D., Scurlock, J., Shepherd, A., Thornton, J., Trindade, L. M., Vetter, S., Wagner, M., Yamada, T., Kiesel, A.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • An analysis of Earth temperature and related series in air and soil

    Dhanoa, M. S., Sanderson, R., Shepherd, A., Cardenas, L., J L, E., C D, P., Lopez, S., France, J.
    Advances in Agronomy. Elsevier, pp. 227-258, 32 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Perennial biomass cropping and use: shaping the policy ecosystem in European countries

    Clifton-Brown, J. C., Hastings, A., von Cossel, M., Murphy-Bokern, D., McCalmont, J., Whittaker, J., Alexopoulou, E., Amaducci, S., Andronic, L., Ashman, C., Awty-Carroll, D., Breuer, L., Cosentino, S., Cracroft-Eley, W., Donnison, I., Elbersen, B., Ferrarini, A., Ford, J., Greef, J. M., Ingram, J., Lewandowski, I., Magenau, E., Mos, M., Petrick, M., Pogrzeba, M., Robson, P., Rowe, R. L., Sandu, A., Schwarz, K., Scordia, D., Scurlock, J., Shepherd, A., Thornton, J., Trindade, L. M., Vetter, S., Wagner, M., Wu, P., Yamada, T., Kiesel, A.
    Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 5, 13038
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Novel Miscanthus hybrids: Modelling productivity on marginal land in Europe using dynamics of canopy development determined by light interception

    Shepherd, A., Awty-Carroll, D., Kam, J., Ashman, C., Magenau, E., Martani, E., Kontek, M., Ferrarini, A., Amaducci, S., Davey, C., Jurišić, V., Petrie, G., Al Hassan, M., Lamy, I., Lewandowski, I., de Maupeou, E., McCalmont, J., Trindade, L. M., van der Cruijsen, K., van der Pluijm, P., Rowe, R., Lovett, A., Donnison, I. S., Kiesel, A., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Hastings, A.
    Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 444-461
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Yield performance of 14 novel inter- and intra-species Miscanthus hybrids across Europe

    Awty-Carroll, D., Magenau, E., Al Hassan, M., Martani, E., Kontek, M., van der Pluijm, P., Ashman, C., de Maupeou, E., McCalmont, J., Petrie, G., Davey, C., van der Cruijsen, K., Jurišić, V., Amaducci, S., Lamy, I., Shepherd, A., Kam, J., Hoogendam, A., Croci, M., Dolstra, O., Ferrarini, A., Lewandowski, I., Trindade, L. M., Kiesel, A., Clifton-Brown, J. C.
    Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 399-423
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Statistical testing of range-size change as affected by the extremes of seasonal maximum temperatures.

    Dhanoa, M. S., Sanderson, R., J L, E., C D, P., Lopez, S., Shepherd, A., Cardenas, L. M., France, J.
    CABI Reviews
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Uncertain effectiveness of Miscanthus bioenergy expansion for climate change mitigation explored using land surface, agronomic and integrated assessment models

    Littleton, E., Shepherd, A., Harper, A., Hastings, A., Vaughan, N. E., Doelman, J., van Vuuren, D. P., Lenton, T. M.
    Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 303-318
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • On the application of the Mitscherlich-Baule equation to fertilizer response data

    Dhanoa, M. S., Sanderson, R., Cardenas, L. M., Shepherd, A., Chadwick, D., Christopher D, P., Jennifer L, E., Lopez, S., France, J.
    CABI Reviews, vol. 2022
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Expanding the Miscanthus market in the UK: Growers in profile and experience, benefits and drawbacks of the bioenergy crop

    von Hellfeld, R., Hastings, A., Kam, J., Rowe, R., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Donnison, I. S., Shepherd, A.
    Global Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 1205-1218
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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