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Dr Emilie Grand-Clement

Dr Emilie Grand-Clement

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


 Amory C255


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


Emilie’s background is in Physical Geography. During her Masters and her Postgraduate diploma at Strasbourg University, she worked on the modifications of organic carbon storage and 13C signatures in soils of the forest-savanna boundary in eastern Cameroon and Congo. She pursued these interests further during a placement at the Australian National University (Canberra).

In 2008 she completed her PhD at Reading University, entitled “Heather burning in peatland environments: effects on soil organic matter characteristics and soil accumulation”. This enabled her to master techniques of Black Carbon measurements and peat dating (210Pb, 137Cs and stable Pb isotopes). Following her PhD, Emilie worked as a Research assistant for Dr Claire Rambeau on the "Water, Life and Civilisation" project at Reading University, looking at technical aspects of carbonate and peat sequences from semi arid environments.

Emilie joined the department in November 2010, when she started as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate working on the “Mires Restoration Project” for both South West Water and Exeter University.

The “Mires Restoration Project”, based on Exmoor and Dartmoor and funded by South West Water, NERC/TSB and the University of Exeter, aims at understanding the effects of moorland restoration on hydrology, water quality and biodiversity. Emilie’s specific interests in this project concern water quality, looking specifically at Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC), Particulate Organic Carbon (POC) and colour.


BSc Geography - Strasbourg (France)

MSc Physical Geography - Strasbourg (France)

PhD Soil Science - Reading

Broad research interests:

Peatland restoration, water quality, catchment management, peat dating, biochar.

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Journal articles

Grand-Clement E, Anderson K, Smith D, Angus M, Luscombe D, Gatis N, Bray L, Brazier R (In Press). NEW APPROACHES TO THE RESTORATION OF SHALLOW MARGINAL PEATLANDS. Journal of Environmental Management Abstract.
Gatis N, Luscombe DJ, Grand-Clement E, Hartley IP, Anderson K, Smith D, Brazier RE (2016). The effect of drainage ditches on vegetation diversity and CO<inf>2</inf> fluxes in a Molinia caerulea-dominated peatland. Ecohydrology, 9(3), 407-420. 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.  Author URL.
Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Gatis N, Grand-Clement E, Brazier RE (2014). Using airborne thermal imaging data to measure near-surface hydrology in upland ecosystems. Hydrological Processes
Luscombe DJ, Anderson K, Gatis N, Wetherelt A, Grand-Clement E, Brazier RE (2014). What does airborne LiDAR really measure in upland ecosystems?. Ecohydrology Abstract.
Grand-Clement E, Anderson K, Smith D, Luscombe D, Gatis N, Ross M, Brazier RE (2013). Evaluating ecosystem goods and services after restoration of marginal upland peatlands in South-West England. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 50(2), 324-334.  Author URL.
Wynn JG, Bird MI, Vellen L, Grand-Clement E, Carter J, Berry SL (2006). Continental-scale measurement of the soil organic carbon pool with climatic, edaphic, and biotic controls. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 20(1). Abstract.


Rambeau CMC, Gobet E, Grand-Clement E, Monna F, Mithen S (2015). New methods for the palaeoenvironmental investigation of arid wetlands, Dead Sea edge, Jordan. In Lucke B, Bäuler R, Schmidt M (Eds.) Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics, Franconian Geographical Society, 147-162. Abstract.

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