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EI Seminars 2023/24

The Environmental Intelligence monthly Seminar Series 2023/24 is organised by CDT students for CDT students, giving all students an opportunity to present their science and research projects in a supportive community of peers. Each month different students will present in a format or theme of their choice with opportunities for questions. 

EI Seminars 2022/23

The Environmental Intelligence Seminar Series is a joint initiative of the CDT and the Exeter Environmental Intelligence Research Network. The series of weekly seminars showcases EI research across all disciplines at the University of Exeter and provides a platform for external organisations to share their interests in EI with our community. 

Term 1

Date No. Contributor Content Location Time
Thu Oct 6th 1.1 Student Panel (Arthur Vandervoort, Joshua Redmond and Ellie Duncan) A panel of CDT students will each present their work and take part in a chaired discussion.
Building One:  Constantine Leventis Room 15:00-16:30 
Thu Oct 13th 1.2

Dan Bebber and Mohsin Raza

'Climate change, biotic yield gaps and disease pressure in cereal crops.' Harrison 170  15:00-16:30 
Thu Oct 20th 1.3 Benno Simmons 'Biodiversity, data science and AI.' Queens LT6/1 15:00-16:30 
Thu Oct 27th 1.4 Regan Early 'Why do species live where they do?' Queens LT6/1  15:00-16:30 
Fri Nov 4th 1.5 Jim Haywood 'From volcanoes and wildfires through to geoengineering: the wide-ranging role of aerosoles in the climate system.' Laver LT6 13:00-14:30

Thu Nov 10th


Main talk from Max Falkenberg followed by a short talk from Ben Dennes

Max - 'Climate polarisation during COP on Twitter.'

Ben - 'Facebook Advertising and misinformation during COP27: A report from the Climate War Room.'

Queens LT6/1 15:00-16:30

Thu Nov 17th

1.7 Hugh Williamson 'Responsible Plant Data Linkage.' Harrison 102  15:00-16:30 

Thu  Nov 24th








Thu Dec 1st 1.9 Jennifer Catto 'High impact weather in a changing climate.' Harrison 102 15:00-16:30 
Thu Dec 8th 1.10 Anna Harper 'Using emulators of carbon cycle models to predict ecosystem services.' Building One:  Pearson Room 15:00-16:30

Wed Dec 14th

1.11 Georgie Bennett and Kyle Roskilly 'SENSUM: Smart SENSing of landscapes Undergoing hazardous hydrogeomorphic Movement.' Physics 124


Term 2

Main contributors lined up for Term 2 include:

  • Keith Challis, Remote Sensing Coordinator - External, National Trust
  • Joel Freedman, Head of Innovation Services - External, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Tim Lenton, Director Global Systems Institute (GSI)
  • Peter Challenor, Professor in Mathematics and Statistics and PI on the Excalibur EXA-UQ project
  • Ben Lambert, Senior Lecturer, mathematician, statistician and epidemiologist 
  • Cedric Mesnage, Turing-Exeter Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Term 2 EI Seminars will have an improved format, the first hour will cover talks and the last 30 minutes will be for discussion.

A main contributor will speak for 30-40 minutes followed by a second contributor, drawn from our EI CDT PhD student community, who will speak for 10-12 minutes.


Date No. Contributors Content Location Time
Thu Jan 19th 2.1

Peter Challenor

Josh Redmond (PhD Student)

Peter - 'Decision making with uncertain models.'             

Josh - 'Using Diffusion Models for Remote Sensing Anonymisation.'                      

Physics 124 14:30-16:00 
Thu Feb 2nd 2.2

Ben Lambert

Alice Wells (PhD Student)

Ben - 'Using statistics to understand the epidemology of mosquito-borne diseases.'

Alice - 'The Raikoke Eruption: including ash in model simulations reveals improved agreement to observations.'

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00  
Thu Feb 9th 2.3



Thu Feb 16th 2.4





Thu Feb 23rd


Cedric Mesnage

Frederica Poznansky (PhD Student)

Cedric - 'Project Darwin : Species identification accuracy optimisation with automated copy-pasting for camera-trap images.'

Frederica - 'Acoustic Ecosystems: PAM for Peat Swamp Forest Conservation & Restoration in Central Kalimantan'. 

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00 

Thu Mar 2nd


Tim Lenton

Chris Kerry (PhD Student)

Tim - ‘Positive tipping points to avoid climate tipping points.’ 

Chris - ‘Enforcement, Remote Sensing, and Data Science for Effective Illegal Fishing Deterrence.’

Laver LT3 14:30-16:00 
Thu Mar 9th 2.7

Guy Lomax (PhD Student)

Sara Sjosten (PhD Student)

Guy - 'Remote sensing of rangeland health and resilience in East Africa.’ 

Sara - 'Modeling biotic-abiotic ecosystem feedbacks in deep time.' 

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00 
Thu Mar 16th 2.8



Thu Mar 23rd 2.9

Keith Challis

Arthur Vandervoort (PhD Student)

Keith - 'Environmental Intelligence: Actionable Insight For Land Management.'

Arthur - 'Gender mobility differences in São Paulo using statistical matching.'

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00 

Thu Mar 30th


Joel Freedman

Ned Westwood (PhD Student)

Joel - 'Solving environmental challenges with space technology using a User Centred Design approach.'

Ned - ‘Advertising the Heroes and Villains of Climate Change: Narrative Portrayals of Opinion Leaders in Sponsored Posts on Facebook.’ 

Laver LT6 


Term 3

Main contributors lined up for Term 3 include:

  • Stevienna de Saille, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sheffield (External)
  • Mary Sanford, PhD researcher, Oxford Internet Institute (External)
  • Shuntaro Hata, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University (External) 
  • Travis Coan, Associate Professor in Computational Social Science 
  • Ernest Schwartz-Marin, Lecturer in Sociology
  • James Dyke, Assistant Director Global Systems Institute
  • Peter Melville-Shreeve, Lecturer in Engineering & Entrepreneurship 


Date No. Contributors Content Location Time
Thu May 4th 3.1



Thu May 11th 3.2

Shuntaro Hata

Ellie Fox (PhD Student)

Shuntaro - 'Applications of terrain models for monitoring glaciers & glacial lakes'

Ellie - 'Data and laws for protecting cryospheric water resources in Chile'

Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu May 18th 3.3

James Dyke

Nicola Wilson (PhD Student)

James - 'The wacky races to avoid dangerous climate change'

Nicola - 'Responsible use of earth observation data for sustainable finance'

Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu May 25th 3.4

 Stevienna de Saille


Stevienna - ''Responsibility and de-growth: Challenging 'growth, growth, growth''

Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu June 1st 3.5

Ernesto Schwartz-Marin

Manju Bura (PhD Student)

Ernesto - 'Data Justice in the Multiveillant society: Spyware, mass-graves, and the citizen-led search for the victims of disappearance in Mexico'

Manju - 'The social life of heatwaves: discursive construction of heatwaves in the mass media and through lived experiences'

Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu Jun 8th 3.6

Mary Sanford

Travis Coan

Mary - 'Applications of social data science to environmental communication on social media'

Travis - 'Classifying climate change misinformation using dynamic few-shot learning'

Laver LT6 14:30-16:30
Thu June 15th 3.7

Peter Melville-Shreeve

Nathanael Sheehan (PhD Student)

Peter - 'Towards Intelligent Water Systems'

Nathanael - 'Open science: Diversity and Injustice'

Laver LT6 14:30-16:00