Lecturer: Geography and Environmental Geography
School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
T: 876 433
I joined the Geography team in September 2016 as a lecturer on the Geography and Environmental Geography courses. My research interests are centred around using innovative methods for measuring and monitoring the natural environment, with particular focus on remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
After completing a first degree in Geography (University of Leicester) and a Masters in GIS (Sheffield Hallam University), I had various positions within the GIS sector (Sheffield Wildlife Trust, RPS Ecology and Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme). I then completed a PhD at University of Salford funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). My thesis focussed on measuring forest phenology with a unique terrestrial laser scanner (the Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser). After my doctorate, I worked as a Research Fellow, developing GIS tools for river flood analysis in Cumbria as part of a project funded by Co-op Insurance (University of Salford).
Journal Articles and Conference Papers
Recent changes to floodplain character and functionality in England Entwistle, N.S., Heritage, G.L., Schofield, L.A. and Williamson, R.J. (2019). Recent changes to floodplain character and functionality in England. Catena, 174: 490-498.
Danson, F.M., Sasse, F. and Schofield, L.A. (2018). Spectral and spatial information from a novel dual-wavelength full-waveform terrestrial laser scanner data for forest ecology. Interface Focus, 8(2): 20170049.
Akerblom, M., Raumonen, P., Casella, E., Disney, M. Danson, F.M., Gaulton, R., Schofield, L.A. and Kaasalainen, M. (2018). Non-intersecting leaf insertion algorithm for tree structure models. Interface Focus, 8(2): 20170045.
Schofield, L.A. (2017). Measuring trees in 3D: what lasers can reveal about our forests. Geography, 102(3), pp. 132-140.
Schofield, L.A., Danson, F.M., Entwistle, N.S., Gaulton, R. and Hancock, S. (2016). Radiometric calibration of a dual-wavelength terrestrial laser scanner using neural networks. Remote Sensing Letters, 7(4): 299-308.
Schofield, L.A., and Danson, F.M. (2017). Quantifying structural change in UK woodland canopies with a dual-wavelength full-waveform Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS). [Poster]. Royal Society meeting The terrestrial laser scanning revolution in forest ecology', 27th-28th February, Chicheley Hall, UK.
Schofield, L.A., F.M.Danson, Entwistle, N.S., Casella, E. and Disney, M.I. (2015). Improving estimates of leaf area index with a dual-wavelength TLS: The Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser (SALCA). Silvilaser, 28th-30th September, La Grande Monte, France.
Schofield, L.A., Danson, F.M. and Entwistle, N.S. (2015). Measuring phenology with a dual-wavelength full-waveform terrestrial laser scanner: The Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser (SALCA). RSPSoc, 8th-11th September, Southampton, UK.
Armston, J., Newnham, G., Strahler, A.H., Schaaf, C. and ..Walker, L.A.. (2014). A comparison of Terrestrial Laser Scanning instruments for assessing forested ecosystems. [Poster]. ForestSat, 4th-7th November, Riva del Garda, Italy.
Walker, L.A., Danson, F.M. and Entwistle, N.S. (2014). 4D phenology: Structural change and seasonal characteristics of UK woodland canopies. RSPSoc, 2nd-5th September, Aberystwyth, UK.
Walker, L.A., Danson, F.M. and Entwistle, N.S. (2013). Measuring forest carbon dynamics with a full-waveform dual-wavelength terrestrial laser scanner. [Poster]. Wavelength, 11th-13th March, Glasgow, UK. Best poster prize.
I currently lead the following modules: Ecosystems & Biogeography, Nature Conservation, Environmental Geography Fieldwork Studies, Environmental Change and Applied GIS. I also contribute to other modules such as Mapping the Geographies of Yorkshire, Research Project, Critical Thinking and Academic Skills and Geographers’ Professional Practice.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2018). I am also Level 1 Coordinator for Geography.