Angela Harris

Angela Harris


  • Senior Lecturer in Geography (Remote Sensing), Geography
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BSc (Cardiff), M.Sc. (Glamorgan), PhD (Sheffield)

Education, Qualifications and Career

2017 - Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing, Department of Geography. School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

2010 - 2016 - Lecturer in Remote Sensing, School of Environment, Education and Development (Geography) University of Manchester

2005-2010 - Lecturer in Remote Sensing, School of Geography, University of Southampton

2001- 2004 - PhD ""The potential of remote sensing as a tool for the measurement of near-surface hydrological conditions in northern peatlands", University of Sheffield

2000-2001 - Research Assistant, School of Architecture, University of Wales, Cardiff

1999-2000 MSc Environmental Conservation Management, University of Glamorgan 

1996-1999 - BSc(Hons) Marine Geography, University of Wales, Cardiff

Research interests

Angela's research interests focus on the innovative application of remote sensing for monitoring the impact of environmental change on vegetation communities, and to improve our understanding of ecosystem physical processes, particularly in climatically sensitive northern peatland ecosystems. She is interested in the novel use of Earth observation data across a range of temporal and spatial scales, which range from the collection of laboratory and in situ field spectroscopy data to the analysis of airborne, UAV and satellite imagery.

Other research

Projects include:

  • Developing satellite and radar sensing to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in grassland  (PI: Prof. David Johnson (SEES), Co-Is: Dr. Rene Breton (P&S), Dr. Joe Fennell (P&S), Dr. Angela Harris (SEED), Dr. Helen Downie (EEE))
  • Systems Approach to Sustainable and Healthy Rice Cultivation in Myanmar (PI: Dr. Cathy Walton (SEES), Co-Is: Dr. Tim Foster (MACE), Dr. Ralitza Dimova (SSED), Dr. Angela Harris (SEED), Dr. Tucker Gilman (SEES), Prof. David Polya (SEES) and Prof. Richard Bardgett (SEES)
  • Water Stewarship Portal (NERC Innovation Grant, 2017-2019; PI: Prof. Julian Harou (MACE), Co-Is: Dr. Tim Foster (MACE) and Dr. Angela Harris (SEED))


I welcome applications from highly motivated prospective PhD students who are looking for opportunities in earth observation and spatial analysis with an interest in the natural terrestrial environment, biogeochemical cycles, plant ecology and/or plant ecophysiology.  I am happy to supervise both technical development, experimental, and applied projects using field spectroscopy, airborne imagery (including UAVs and LiDAR) and/or satellite sensor data. 

I would be particularly interested in supervising projects with a focus on linking remote sensing measurements with plant biophysical characteristics for the estimation of carbon fluxes and/or ecosystem health and vitality. Candidates will have access to well-equipped analytical and computer labs with up-to-date remote sensing and GIS software, along with a range of field monitoring instruments (e.g. moisture sensors, optical near-surface sensors, field spectrometer) and our recently purchased unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Candidates should be willing to undertake field work.

Supervision information

Current PhD students:

  • Alexandra Hamer (Started 2019 - ) "Remote sensing of belowground processes in grassland ecosystems", SEED Scholarship award. Co-supervised with Prof. Richard Bardgett (SEES) and Prof Tim Allott
  • Upasana Singh (Started 2019 - ) "The population genomics and epidemiology of malaria vectors: Vector surveillance in Meghalaya", Deans Scholarship award. Co-supervised with Dr. Cathy Walton (SEES) and Dr. Jonny Huck
  • Richard Figueroa (Started 2018 - ) "Evaluating the effectiveness of UK saltmarshes managed realignment schemes for flood attenutation", Presidents Scholorship award. Co-supervised with Prof. Martin Evans
  • Jake Britnell (Started 2017 - ) "Managing the Cape Mountain zebra (and other large herbivores) in the face of a changing climate". NERC DTP Studentship. Co-supervised with Dr. Susanne Shultz (SEES)
  • Nicholas Harvey (Started 2016 - ) "Conservation Physiology of black rhinos" NERC DTP Studentship. Co-supervised with Dr. Susanne Shultz, Dr. Catherine Wlaton and Prof Gordon Mcfiggans (SEES).
  • Oluseun Adeluyi (Started 2016 - ) "The potential of Sentinel-2 for optimising rice production" Co-supervised with Dr. Gareth Clay)
  • Peter Kabano ( Started 2015 - ) "Investigating the effect of tropical urban climates on vegetation phenology: A new insight into temperature controls on tropical vegetation dynamics" Commonwealth and IPPC Schlorships. Co-supervised with Prof. Sarah Lindley



Further information

 Current  administrative responsibilites
  • Deputy Head of Geography


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Member of Discovery Grant Geosciences Evaluation Group, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

1 Jun 20181 Jun 2020

Member of the NERC FSF Steering Committee, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

1 May 20171 May 2021

Areas of expertise

  • GB Physical geography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Ecology
  • Peatlands
  • Vegetation

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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