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 Kirsten Lees

Kirsten Lees

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Laver Building Floor 8


Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK


Kirsten is a postdoctoral research associate working on ecosystem resilience, with a focus on peatlands. Her current work is part of a larger project run by Professor Tim Lenton.

Whilst studying for her BSc in Geography at Durham University, Kirsten developed an interest in peatland landscapes, and completed her dissertation on wind erosion in the North York Moors. She returned to higher eduction to complete an MPhil in Polar Studies at Cambridge University, where she rediscovered an interest in weather patterns and climate change. Kirsten then moved to the University of Reading for her doctorate, which was a study into how remote sensing can be used to monitor peatland carbon uptake, particularly during restoration processes. 

Kirsten also has a keen interest in science communication and teaching, and has participated in initiatives such as Famelab and Skype a Scientist.  

Kirsten maintains a blog which can be found at, and can be found on Twitter @K_J_Lees. 

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Research interests

Kirsten is interested in all aspects of peatland research. Her particular expertise is in using remote sensing to assess peatland health and monitor changes. 

Research projects

K.J. Lees, T. Quaife, R.R.E. Artz, M. Khomik, J.M. Clark (2018) Potential for using remote sensing to estimate carbon fluxes across northern peatlands–a review. Sci. Total Environ., 615 (2018), pp. 857-874. 


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