Staff profile

Dr Kirsten Lees


Early Career Academic

Subject

Geography, Environmental Science

College

College of Science and Engineering

Department

Innovation and Research

Research centre

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

k.lees@derby.ac.uk

About

I research the role of land management in mitigating the climate crisis. My expertise is in peatland ecosystems, which store a huge amount of carbon due to their unique soil structure and vegetation communities. I use fieldwork and satellite data to assess ecosystem function and condition. I also engage with stakeholders and local communities to consider how we can optimise land management for both people and nature. 

Beyond the University of Derby, I am a visiting fellow at the Global Systems Institute (GSI) at the University of Exeter, and a member of the Peatland ECR Action Team (@PeatlandECR on Twitter). 

Research interests

I am interested in how changing land management of peatlands and upland margins is affecting ecosystem function and resilience. My research encompasses carbon fluxes specifically, as well as a broad range of ecosystem services more generally. 

Qualifications

Recent publications