2012 – 2017 PhD in Geography (Peatland Biogeochemistry)
Department of Geography, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
2004 – 2005 MSc Sustainable Land Management and Rural Development (with merit)
University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne, UK
2001 – 2004 BSc (2:1 Honours) Environmental Geoscience
University of Durham, UK
HONOURS AND AWARDS
W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship for Northern Conservation, administered by Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (2013 to 2015)
Stanfield Dissertation Fellowship, McGill University (2017)
David Erb Fellowship, McGill University (2015)
Ecological Society of America (ESA) Biogeosciences Section Student Travel Award (2016)
Graduate Excellence Award, Department of Geography, McGill University (2012 to 2014)
Global Environmental Change Centre (GEC3) Student Stipend Award (2012 to 2014)
Global Environmental Change Centre (GEC3) Student Travel Award (2014)
Graduate Research Mobility Award, McGill University
Graduate Research Travel Award, McGill University
Trottier Sustainability Graduate Award, McGill University (2015)
2015 Course Instructor
Analysing Sustainability (GEOG360) (co-instructor Prof. B. Robinson)
2012-2017 Teaching Assistant
Department of Geography, McGill University
2013 – 2015 Graduate Mentor (Department of Geography Graduate –Undergraduate Mentorship Programme)
PROFESSIONAL and RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2017 to present Postdoctoral Fellow (Ecohydrology), School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Canada
2006 – 2012 Wetland Ecologist, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), UK
In this national role for SEPA I provided specialist scientific and policy advice for wetland related issues in regulation, planning, and the EU Water Framework Directive.
2006 Senior Scientist, Environment Agency of England and Wales
Assessing damage to saltmarsh in England and Wales using remote sensing techniques.
2005 – 2006 Project Officer, Environment Agency of England and Wales
North East England Wetland Feasibility Study (GIS based research project).
Harris, L.I., Roulet, N., and Moore, T. (August 2016). Sensitivity of peatlands of the Hudson Bay Lowland to climate change. Oral presentation at Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US.
Harris, L.I. Moore, T., and Roulet, N. (2015, April). The role of lichen on peatland development in the Hudson Bay Lowland, Canada. Oral presentation at European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
Harris, L.I, Roulet, N., and Moore, T. (2014, December). The structure and function of peatlands in the Hudson Bay Lowland - comparing a pristine and a hydrologically impacted site. Poster presentation at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, US.
Harris, L.I (2014, May). The structure and function of peatlands in the Hudson Bay Lowland – comparing a pristine and a hydrologically impacted site. Poster presentation at Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) Spring Meeting, Banff, Canada.
Harris, L.I (2010). A Functional Wetland Typology for Scotland. Poster presentation at SAC-SEPA Biennial Conference: Climate, Water and Soil: Science, Policy and Practice, Edinburgh, UK.
Harris, L.I (2008, May). Groundwater Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems (GWDTE) – assessment of significant damage. Poster presentation at Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Annual Conference, Washington DC, US.
Invited speaker with Prof. Nigel Roulet for the McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ‘Food for Thought’ public lecture series (November 2016).
Invited panel speaker at the Science for a Sustainable Society Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2016, January).
Environmental Impact Assessment Case Study: Wind Farms on Peatland. Guest talk for Environmental Management Summer Course (GEOG380), McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2014, May).
Stakeholders and Participatory Approaches. Case Study: Trump Golf Course, Scotland. Guest talk for Environmental Management Summer Course (GEOG380), McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2014, May).
Peatland Restoration on Development Sites. Guest talk at BBA Consulting, Montreal, Canada (2013, July).
Peatland, wind farms and the aquatic environment. Guest talk at Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scottish Hydrological Group evening seminar, Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK (2012, March).
The purpose of peatland restoration – a regulatory overview. Invited speaker at Carbon Landscape and Drainage (CLAD) network meeting, Glasgow University, UK (2011, January).
Climate Change and Land Management – SEPA’s role. Invited speaker at inaugural Carbon Landscape and Drainage (CLAD) network meeting, Glasgow University, UK (Harris, L and Moxley, J., 2009, October).
Wetlands and wind farms in Scotland. Invited speaker at ‘Wetland Vision Workshop’ for Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), Aviemore, UK (2009, May).
Wind farms on peatlands. Invited speaker and panel member at SNH ‘Sharing Good Practice Event: Good Practice during Wind Farm Construction’, Battleby, UK (2009, May).
Diamonds, Dragonflies, and Dirt: Peatland Research in the Hudson Bay Lowland. Graduate research talk as part of informal lunchtime seminar series, Department of Geography, McGill University (2015, January).
McGill Sustainability Research Symposium (Fifth Edition). Closing the Loop. (March 2015 – Project lead).
McGill Sustainability Research Symposium (Fourth Edition). Water and Sustainability: Ideas, Research, Action! (March 2014 – Academic Lead).
Wetlands International Symposium. Wetlands Matter: valuing wetland ecosystems in a changing climate. (February, 2011 – SEPA representative , co-organiser).