Dr Anita Shepherd
Dr Anita Shepherd

Dr Anita Shepherd

CBiol, RPBio

Research Fellow



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 Sensing 
    1990 - University of Dundee 
  • BA with 2.1 Hons Combined Studies (biology with geography) 
    1989 - Humberside College of Higher Educations 

External Memberships

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


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.

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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