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Dr Alexandra Hamer

Senior Lecturer

Alexandra Hamer is a senior lecturer on the MSc Sustainability courses and teaches on our MSc modules focusing on ecology and food. She also contributes GIS support to other modules and is particularly interested in helping students to become confident in the use of GIS.

As a senior lecturer, Alexandra teaches on the MSc modules, Restoration Ecology, Ecological Assessment, Ecosystem Services and Science of Sustainable Food Production modules. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Manchester (2023), investigating the use of satellite imagery for estimating grassland soil properties across large spatial scales. Before joining CAT, she lectured in remote sensing at Aberystwyth University and carried out teaching and research at the University of Manchester and the University of Leicester.

Alexandra is interested in how the different processes that take place in ecosystems affect one another and work together to deliver functions which support human societies such as producing food, storing carbon and harboring biodiversity. She is interested in the management and restoration of ecosystems to enhance these functions and has been involved in projects to restore degraded ancient woodland and peatland landscapes in the UK. Her research also focuses on how modern spatial data systems and technologies (such as satellites) can be used to expand our existing perspectives on ecosystems, including across large scales and through time.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)

PhD Geography, University of Manchester

BSc Geography, University of Manchester

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Thesis supervisor

Research interests

Remote sensing & GIS

Terrestrial ecology, biodiversity & ecosystem functioning

Soil ecology

Ecosystem conservation, restoration and management

Environmental change


Cole, B.; Smith, G.; de la Barreda-Bautista, B.; Hamer, A.; Payne, M.; Codd, T.; Johnson, S.C.M.; Chan, L.Y.; Balzter, H. Dynamic Landscapes in the UK Driven by Pressures from Energy Production and Forestry—Results of the CORINE Land Cover Map 2018. Land 2022, 11, 192.