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Dr Pia Benaud

Dr Pia Benaud

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Amory C255

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

Overview

I am interested in how alterations to hydrological connectivity and vegetation communities can mitigate land degradation issues, with a primary focus on understanding how restoring natural habitat function can reduce soil erosion and associated processes. I take an interdisciplinary approach to monitoring structural and functional change, combining fieldwork and laboratory analysis with proximal and remote sensing technologies, and geospatial analysis, delivering both a spatial and temporal understanding of environmental change.

An interest in understanding our interactions with and impacts on the natural environment led me to a BSc in Environmental Science, at Griffith University. Through pursuing the 'natural resource science' major I developed a particular interest in the use of natural processes to mitigate land degradation and catchment management issues. I then went on to enrol in the Griffith School of Environment Honours Program, wherein my research formed part of an academic and industry based project, investigating the suitability of phytocovers for landfill management, in Australia.

Following my undergraduate studies, I spent two years working as a Research Technician for Professor Richard Brazier and his team, at the University of Exeter. During this time I worked on the South West Water funded ‘Mires Restoration Project’ and on a Wessex Water funded project investigating the impact of moorland restoration on water quality in Nutscale Reservoir.

In 2018 I finished a PhD in Physical Geography, at the University of Exeter. My PhD explored some of the multiple techniques available for developing an understanding of soil erosion in the UK, and was supported by the Defra-funded research project: SP1311 - Piloting a cost-effective framework for monitoring soil erosion in England and Wales.

I am currently conducting research in support of the SWW funded ‘Mires Restoration Project’ in a maternity cover role for Dr Naomi Gatis. I will be combining field measurements of vegetation diversity and carbon fluxes with remote and proximally sensing data, to build an understanding of a degraded and actively eroding peatland. Immediately prior to this I spent the summer of 2018 establishing monitoring sites for a Sphagnum reintroduction trial on Exmoor.

Broad research specialisms:

Soil Erosion; Structure-from-Motion Photogrammetry; Change detection; Understanding the environmental effects of landscape restoration.

Qualifications

PhD Physical Geography (University of Exeter)
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (Griffith University, Australia)
BSc Environmental Science with year abroad (Griffith University, University of East Anglia)

Research

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Key publications


Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Grand-Clement E, Gatis N, Ashe J, Benaud P, Smith D, Brazier RE (2016). How does drainage alter the hydrology of shallow degraded peatlands across multiple spatial scales?. Journal of Hydrology, 541, 1329-1339. Abstract.
Grand-Clement E, Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Gatis N, Benaud P, Brazier RE (2014). Antecedent conditions control carbon loss and downstream water quality from shallow, damaged peatlands. Science of the Total Environment, 493, 961-973. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Glendell M, Macshane G, Farrow L, Quinton J, Anderson K, Evans M, Benaud P, Rawlins B, Morgan D, Jones L, et al (In Press). Testing the utility of structure from motion photogrammetry reconstructions using small unmanned aerial vehicles and ground photography to estimate the extent of upland soil erosion. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Full text.
Gatis N, Benaud P, Ashe J, Luscombe D, Grand-Clement E, Hartley I, Anderson K, Brazier R (2019). ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF PEAT EROSION ON GROWING SEASON CO2 FLUXES BY COMPARING EROSIONAL PEAT PANS AND SURROUNDING VEGETATED HAGGS. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 1-19. Abstract.  Full text.
Fawcett D, Blanco-Sacristán J, Benaud P (2019). Two decades of digital photogrammetry: Revisiting Chandler’s 1999 paper on “Effective application of automated digital photogrammetry for geomorphological research” – a synthesis. Progress in Physical Geography, 43(2), 299-312. Abstract.  Full text.
Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Grand-Clement E, Gatis N, Ashe J, Benaud P, Smith D, Brazier RE (2016). How does drainage alter the hydrology of shallow degraded peatlands across multiple spatial scales?. Journal of Hydrology, 541, 1329-1339. Abstract.
Grand-Clement E, Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Gatis N, Benaud P, Brazier RE (2014). Antecedent conditions control carbon loss and downstream water quality from shallow, damaged peatlands. Science of the Total Environment, 493, 961-973. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Glendell M, Macshane G, Farrow L, Quinton J, Anderson K, Evans M, Benaud P, Rawlins B, Morgan D, Jones L, et al (In Press). Testing the utility of structure from motion photogrammetry reconstructions using small unmanned aerial vehicles and ground photography to estimate the extent of upland soil erosion. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Full text.

2019

Gatis N, Benaud P, Ashe J, Luscombe D, Grand-Clement E, Hartley I, Anderson K, Brazier R (2019). ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF PEAT EROSION ON GROWING SEASON CO2 FLUXES BY COMPARING EROSIONAL PEAT PANS AND SURROUNDING VEGETATED HAGGS. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 1-19. Abstract.  Full text.
Gatis NL, Benaud P, Ashe J, Luscombe D, Grand-Clement E, Hartley I, Anderson K, Brazier R (2019). Assessing the impact of peat erosion on growing season CO2 fluxes by comparing erosional peat pans and surrounding vegetated haggs (dataset).  Full text.
Fawcett D, Blanco-Sacristán J, Benaud P (2019). Two decades of digital photogrammetry: Revisiting Chandler’s 1999 paper on “Effective application of automated digital photogrammetry for geomorphological research” – a synthesis. Progress in Physical Geography, 43(2), 299-312. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Grand-Clement E, Gatis N, Ashe J, Benaud P, Smith D, Brazier RE (2016). How does drainage alter the hydrology of shallow degraded peatlands across multiple spatial scales?. Journal of Hydrology, 541, 1329-1339. Abstract.

2014

Grand-Clement E, Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Gatis N, Benaud P, Brazier RE (2014). Antecedent conditions control carbon loss and downstream water quality from shallow, damaged peatlands. Science of the Total Environment, 493, 961-973. Abstract.  Full text.

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