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Gemma Miller

  • Position: Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Location: Central Scotland
  • Expertise:
    • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
    • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
    • Livestock and Fishing

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I’m a researcher with the Agriculture, Horticulture and Engineering Sciences Department, based at the Roslin Institute Building near Edinburgh.

I’ve always had a strong interest in climate change. I gained an MSc in Carbon Management at Glasgow University before working with Forest Research and consultancies on forest and peatland carbon sequestration projects. After a year out travelling around South-East Asia and Australia, I returned to Scotland in 2012 and began my PhD on carbon sequestration in agricultural soils at SRUC.

After finishing my PhD I stayed at SRUC, joining the Beef and Sheep Research Centre. I’m fortunate to be working on a wide range of areas including the environmental impacts of ruminant production (methane and ammonia), precision livestock farming and production efficiency. I’ve also developed skills in advanced data analytics, particularly in machine learning.

As a part of my job I also manage SRUC’s GreenCow respiration chamber facility, where we measure methane emissions from beef cattle. This involves coordinating day-to-day running of the facility, ensuring the equipment is maintained, and over-seeing project work coming through the facility.

As a team, we are very industry focused and collaborate across many disciplines, which I really enjoy. I'm always learning something new!

Away from work, I’m kept busy running my smallholding where my husband and I produce rare breed pork.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
  • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
  • Livestock and Fishing

I'm currently working on

  • enteric methane mitigation strategies
  • novel methods for methane measurement
  • technologies to improve beef production efficiency
  • mitigation, measurement and footprinting of ammonia emissions from ruminants

My professional highlights

  • awarded a SEFARI Fellowship with NFU Scotland
  • member of NFU Scotland’s Climate Change Advisory Group
  • member of Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 – Agriculture and Environment Working Group

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