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Professor Louise Heathwaite

Professor

Louise Heathwaite

LEC Building

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YQ

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 510225

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Research overview

Professor Heathwaite is Professor of Land and Water Science and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. She also works part-time for the Scottish Government as Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural and Environment. Previously, Louise worked as science champion for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as Theme Leader for the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources theme from 2008-2012.

Her research expertise is in land and water systems science. She has over 25 years research experience in diffuse nutrient pollution, wetland hydrochemistry, and water quality.  Her applied research interests cut across the environmental sciences to interface with social science and economics.

External Roles

Scottish Government, Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural and Environment

Research Interests

Louise Heathwaite is Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. She also works part-time as a science champion for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as Theme Leader for the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources theme; here she leads the development of NERC’s strategic science portfolio in soil and water systems, in the valuation of natural resource use, and in understanding the implications for the environment of using natural resources for renewable and non-renewable energy. 

Louise’s specific research expertise is in diffuse environmental pollution, wetlands and water quality. She has over 25 years research experience in wetland hydrochemistry and diffuse nutrient pollution. Louise is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology and a Trustee of the Eden Rivers Trust. She is a member of Defra's Science Advisory Council; the expert panel for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Rural Economies and Land Use Programme and Research Council’s Energy Programme. 

Louise has a First Class Hons BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and a PhD from the University of Bristol for a project examining the impacts of drainage on wetland hydrochemistry in the Somerset Levels. She undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford on a NERC project examining land use and land management controls on water quality before moving to what was then The Nature Conservancy Council in Peterborough as their Environmental Hydrologist. In 1990, Louise joined the Department of Geography at Sheffield University as a Lecturer and was awarded a personal chair in 1998. She moved to Lancaster University in 2004. Her current research includes work on diffuse pollution modelling and hyporheic zone processes funded by NERC; evaluating the risk of pathogen transfers from land to water funded by ESRC-NERC-BBSRC; and quantifying phosphorus delivery from land to water funded by Defra. Louise has published over 150 refereed articles plus seven research level edited books. 

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