Alexandra achieved a BSc in Geography before undertaking a MSc in Soils and Environmental Pollution. Alexandra has 8 years' experience as a contaminated land consultant, working to identify the nature and extent of pollution on past industrial sites, and engaging with stakeholders to formulate and execute plans for remediation.
She was involved in a number of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for new developments, and has also undertaken policy research on the effectiveness of compliance assessment within the Environment Agency.
In 2007, Alexandra undertook a PhD at the University of Leeds looking at the effect of land management on carbon loses from upland blanket peats in northern England. Through examination of the physical and chemical properties of the peats, and field measurements of gaseous and aqueous losses of carbon, the impact of land management on the carbon cycle and its drivers was determined.
Alexandra has experience in the secondary education sector both as a teaching assistant and as a cover teacher. In addition, Alexandra participated in the Royal Geographical Society's "Geography Ambassadors" scheme to encourage the uptake of geography as a subject at GCSE, A-level and university level.
Social Sciences and Arts
Introduction to physical geography
Contemporary debates in Geography
Landscape planning and restoration
Soils science - in particular highly organic soils and contaminated soils
Regeneration of urban areas from an environmental perspective
Composting of wastes
Understanding the Impact of Land Management on Carbon Losses from Peatlands EGU Vienna May 2010
The Role of Land Management on Carbon Cycling in Peatlands at the 2nd International BioHydrology Conference - A Changing Climate for Biology and Soil Hydrology Interactions, Bratislava, 2009
Methods of Investigating the Effects of Peatland Management on Carbon Cycling at the British Soil Science Society's "Young Scientists" conference, March 2009, Reading
Assessing the Impact of Land Management on Organic Matter Composition in Peats EGU, Vienna, May 2010