Gemma Purser

Research Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Gemma is an early career researcher based in Scotland at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and recently completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh (2021) with a focus on bioenergy forests and their impact on air quality in the UK. Gemma has a background in energy, having previously worked at the British Geological Survey undertaking research to understand the geochemistry of the subsurface in relation to carbon capture and storage, radioactive waste storage and geothermal systems. In terms of Future Earth, Gemma has been part of the integrated Land, Ecosystem, Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) Global Research Programme since 2017 when she joined the early career scientist network and since 2020 has been the early career representative on the iLEAPS Scientific Steering Committee. Gemma is passionate about science communication and bringing people together to allow the messages of research conducted at the small scale in the lab or field to have a wider platform, have impact and drive real change. She champions all voices, from all scientists and has set up many initiatives for early career scientists to engage with each other and within the wider community. Gemma will bring this continued commitment to Future Earth, supporting actions that bring around positive feedback between people and the planet.