Dr Anita Shepherd

Dr Anita Shepherd
CBiol, RPBio

Research Fellow

Dr Anita Shepherd
Dr Anita Shepherd

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen 23 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen University


I provide crop, energy and evironmental predictions predictions as part of a consortium on the FAB-GGR project (bioenergy and carbon capture). I administer the development of the global MiscanFor model for bioenergy crop growth, environmental effects and energy production. I have modified the model to use at two spatial scales under climate scenarios, administered development of a new interface, and extended the model from its previous version, with modified water restriction on growth, two alternate evapo-transpiration modules, development of two alternate soil carbon sequestration-decomposition procedures, and enhanced plotting capability for a greater range of parameters.

Under my industrial fellowship, I have been working with a partner company and its growers to refine crop yield in commerical settings.

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


Current Research

2018 - 2019 - FAB-GGR project consortium for Bioenergy and Carbon Capture assessment: member of, and provide bioenergy crop yield projections.

2019 - University Innovation Fund: Industry Fellowship - won funding for a 3-month project proposal with my industrial partner, bioenergy crop developer Terravesta to collect agronomic data and survey growersl allowing crop model calibration in a commercial setting. 


Main departmental collaboration is work with Dr Astley Hastings.

Collaborated to publish papers over 2018 and 2019 with University of Lethbridge, Canada, Colorado State University and Rothamsted Research.

Currently writing manuscripts with University of Exeter and University of East Anglia.

Research 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.



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