Dr Anita Shepherd
I am a Research Fellow funded by Supergen Bioenergy. I am working with academic partners, including University of Aberystwyth and the GRACE project and industrial partner Terravesta, on projections of yield, energy and carbon capture possible in the UK from bioenergy provided by miscanthus seed-propagated hybrid.
I provide crop, energy and evironmental predictions predictions and administer the development of the global MiscanFor model for bioenergy crop growth, environmental effects and energy production.
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.
- PhD Agriculture & Environmental Science (Systems Modelling)1996 - University of Newcastle Upon TYne
- MSc Remote Sensing1990 - University of Dundee
- BA with 2.1 Hons Combined Studies (biology with geography)1989 - Humberside College of Higher Educations
Chartered Biologist and member with the Royal Society of Biology, UK
Registered Professional and member with the College of Applied Biology, Canada
Prizes and Awards
Supergen Bioenergy Research Fellowship
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.
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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Uncertainty of modelled bioenergy with carbon capture and storage due to variability of input dataGlobal Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 691-707Contributions to Journals: Articles
Ensemble modelling, uncertainty and robust predictions of organic carbon in long-term bare-fallow soilsGlobal Change Biology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 904-928Contributions to Journals: Articles
A strategy for modelling heavy-tailed greenhouse gases (GHG) data using the generalised extreme value distribution: Are we overestimating GHG flux using the sample mean?Atmospheric Environment, vol. 237, 117500Contributions to Journals: Articles
Commercial experience with Miscanthus crops: establishment, yields and environmental observationsGlobal Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 510-523Contributions to Journals: Articles
What contribution can Miscanthus giganteus make to bioenergy requirements associated with IPCC climate projections ?2nd International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions, Gothenberg, 2020, pp. 1Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
Projections of global and UK bioenergy potential from Miscanthus x giganteus – feedstock yield, carbon cycling and electricity generation in the 21st centuryGlobal Change Biology. Bioenergy, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 287-305Contributions to Journals: Articles
Ensuring net-zero is a win-win for the climate and the environmentReview of Energy Policy 2019. London: UKERC pp. 6-7, 2 pages.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Other Contributions
Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st centuryScience of the Total Environment, vol. 685, pp. 428-441Contributions to Journals: Articles
Global Bioenergy Crop Growth Projections and EfficienciesEGU General Assembly 2014Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
Climate change and hydrology at the prairie margin: historic and prospective future flows of Canada's Red Deer and other Rocky Mountain riverHydrological Processes, vol. 32, no. 17, pp. 2669-2684Contributions to Journals: Articles