My Team


Competitively funded PhD positions: hiring soon!

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Current Team Members

Sally Matson, Research Associate using deep learning to predict the terrestrial carbon sink

My interests lie in using machine learning and deep learning to help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

I studied Math and Computer Science at Georgetown University, where I developed mathematical models of methane emissions over space and time for my senior thesis.

In 2019, I was awarded a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which funded my MSc in Climate Change at UEA. My thesis focussed on using neural networks to predict the response of the terrestrial carbon sink to variability in CO2 concentrations, climate, and large-scale climate oscillations. I continue to explore this topic in my new role as a research associate, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Project VERIFY.

While I continue my research I am also pursuing a MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London.

In my free time I enjoy running, cooking, and spending as much time outside as possible.


Matúš Seči, Research Associate working on the human drivers of wildfire and biodiversity loss in Amazonia

I am studying towards a degree in Ecological and Environmental Sciences and I am especially interested in using quantitative approaches and remote sensing to understand global change.

My research at the UEA focuses on disentangling the patterns of land management in the Brazilian Amazon using socioeconomic and agricultural data, land cover products, and machine learning, and my aim is to connect patterns of land management to changes in fire and biodiversity loss in the Amazon.

My work has been funded by a Research Experience Placement of the Natural Environment Research Council’s ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership and by the Heineken Prize awarded to co-supervisor Corinne Le Quéré.

After completing my undergraduate degree I plan to pursue PhD studies focused on researching environmental change in the tropical regions.

Outside my studies and research I like to dedicate my time to reading non-fiction, walking and listening to podcasts.


Jane Thurgood, Research Associate working on a global dataset of prescribed burns.

I am an Environmental Science student at UEA, currently working to understand the potential of prescribed burns to mitigate wildfire risks and emissions at the global scale.

I am working with land managers all over the world to collate a dataset of prescribed burns, using skills in geospatial analysis to understand how meteorology influences land management decisions. Monitoring these land management decisions at the global scale provides critical information to identify future opportunities to use prescribed burning to reduce wildfire emissions.

My work has been funded by the internship competition of the UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences and by the EU Horizon 2020 Project VERIFY.

In 2022, I will continue my research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and thereafter I aim to study for a PhD in a related field of environmental sciences in future.

Outside of my research I love sport, especially netball and MMA, and I like to travel at any opportunity.