Joe is the iCASP Director and also Director of water@leeds, one of the world’s largest interdisciplinary water research centres. Joseph has been in Leeds since 2000 following degrees in Cambridge and Durham. He was at one time the UK’s youngest Professor.
His main expertise lies in catchment management and its impacts on soil and water processes, river flow and water quality. He has worked on peatlands, carbon cycling, flooding, sustainable agriculture, urban infrastructure impacts upon archaeology and has even studied UK tornadoes with results that featured on the BBC TV programme QI.
Dave is Deputy Director of iCASP and Director of Research Impact in the School of Earth and Environment. He moved to Leeds from the University of Liverpool in 2012, and was appointed Professor of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy in 2015.
His research aims to improve understanding of the links between drainage basin evolution and the depositional archives in sedimentary basins. He has supervised 45 PhD students in the Stratigraphy Group (@stratleeds), and continues to lead field-based research in South Africa and Argentina. Dave enjoys the challenges of co-developing research programmes and disseminating research results to partners.
As Programme Manager, Rob is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day delivery of iCASP, including managing the iCASP staff and the relationships between all of the organisations involved.
Rob will be using his project development and management experience, and his technical background in climate change adaptation and environmental policies in multiple countries, from his time at United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and BirdLife International, to help deliver success for iCASP.
Rob’s challenges will include staying on top of the partner’s needs and the research that is available to address these, as well as identifying opportunities for the future development of iCASP, whilst still finding time to do his fell running across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria!
Finn joins the iCASP team as the Impact Officer for the programme, where he will use his past experience working for Natural England, as a Catchment Sensitive Farming partnership project manager, to great effect.
He is responsible for identifying opportunities within the region where iCASP can have a positive and lasting impact. This is achieved through having a strong understanding of the current research base and partners priorities. Using this understanding he will broker relationships between scientist, undertaking catchment management research, and organisations that could benefit from this research.
Finn will also help to develop co-designed projects, ensuring they run smoothly and achieve their desired results.
Marie joins the iCASP team as an Impact Evaluator responsible for assessing the various socio-economic impacts of iCASP projects and the programme as a whole. She will also be concerned to ensure that projects have adequate resourcing to support their development.
Marie has an interdisciplinary background in agriculture and environmental economics. She recently completed her doctorate at the ETH-Zurich during which she used methods from experimental and behavioural economics to study how policy-makers might be able, using a financial incentive scheme, to affect management practices on drained peatlands in Switzerland and promote soil preservation.
With a former career as a BBC broadcaster and experience as a web-designer, consultant and science communication trainer, Susan comes to her role as iCASP Communications Officer with a passion for presenting relevant and useful research in an engaging way.
Susan is involved in developing the iCASP website, organising and facilitating our events and publicising our outputs to target audiences.
One of her key challenges over the next five years is to support the development of a network of expertise on integrated catchment management approaches that will be available to share insights and experience with other regions when iCASP is over. She also intends to walk the Dales Way.
Janet is one of the longer term Impact Translation Fellows employed for iCASP. She’ll be involved in projects and linking non-academics and academics.
Janet has a background in Earth Sciences, especially in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geomorphology, hydrology and sedimentology. Her PhD on landscape evolution of ancient river systems in South Africa involved investigating erosion rates, source to sink analysis and morphometric characterisation of drainage basins using GIS. She has also worked on characterising mixed bedrock alluvial rivers in Wales.
Janet spent a year in industry as an environmental consultant (primarily in geomorphology) where she gained experience of assessing water company drought plans including geomorphological and hydrological assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessments and Habitat Regulation Assessments.
Ben is an Impact Translation Fellow in the iCASP team. He brings experience from the last 7 years working ‘at the coalface’ of delivering climate services; engaging with business, governments and development agencies to translate the latest science into useful information for decision making.
Ben has a PhD in climate and land use impacts on groundwater flooding risk from Cardiff University, an MSc in Environmental Risks from Brunel University and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Nottingham.
A new arrival in Yorkshire and keen cyclist, he is looking forward to exploring the county by bike and working with its rich variety of stakeholders to make best use of the expertise on our doorstep.