Dr Emma Gardner
Dr Emma Gardner previously worked as an astrophysicist, completing a PhD in black hole accretion at Durham University in 2015, with subsequent postdoctoral positions at Durham University and the Max Planck Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics. She has extensive experience of computer modelling. Her research focussed both on population modelling using large datasets and on time series analysis. She is an expert in measuring and modelling covariance and lags between datasets to identify the key drivers of variability.
In 2016, Emma completed a PGCert in Ecological Survey Techniques through the University of Oxford's Continuing Education Department. She is particularly interested in habitat fragmentation and strategies to enhance biodiversity and connectivity in urban and agricultural landscapes. Her PGCert research project focussed on the effects of habitat fragmentation on woodland bird communities.
She has accumulated wide practical experience in ecology and conservation through voluntary work with the British Trust for Ornithology (trainee ringer), Bat Conservation Trust (survey volunteer), Mammal Web Project (camera trapping), Riverfly Partnership/Wear Rivers Trust (aquatic invertebrate monitoring), Woodland Trust (Observatree project), RSPB (school outreach) and, most recently, with the Toads on Roads Scheme (Froglife).
Emma joined the ECI in January 2017 and is currently working on data analysis of plant functional traits from the GEM-Traits campaign in Ghana. She is always on the look-out for new ways to apply her analytic, statistical and modelling skills to research that contributes to species and habitat conservation.
Emma is passionate about science communication and is a seasoned public speaker, having delivered talks to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, from primary schools to international scientific conferences.
- Gardner E., Grabowska-Zhang A., Hesselberg T., Hughes J., 2017, 'Comparing Avian Community Composition in Seventeen Oxfordshire Woodlands with Varying Woodland Area' (in prep.)
- Gardner E., Done C., 2017, ‘The Origin of the UV/optical Lags in NGC 5548' (accepted for publication in MNRAS; in press)
- Gardner E., Done C., 2015, ‘Complex Narrow Line Seyfert 1s: High Spin or High Inclination?’, MNRAS, 448, 2245
- Gardner E., Done C., 2014, ‘A Physical Model for the X-ray Time Lags of Narrow Line Seyfert Type 1 Active Galactic Nuclei’, MNRAS, 442, 2456
- Gardner E., Done C., 2014, ‘What Powers the Most Relativistic Jets? I: BL Lacs’, MNRAS, 438, 779
- Gardner E., Done C., 2013, ‘Jets and the Accretion Flow in Low Luminosity Black Holes’, MNRAS, 434, 3454