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Dr James Duffy

Dr James Duffy

Research Fellow

 01326 259478

 Environment and Sustainability Institute desk 51, 1.15


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


James is an environmental scientist using remote sensing and spatial analysis techniques to monitor environmental change. His work has spanned multiple spatial and temporal scales, ranging from the investigation of global changes in vegetation dynamics and night time lighting using satellite data products to developing new methodologies for environmental monitoring at very fine spatial scales with drone and kite aerial photography techniques.

He joined the University of Exeter in 2011, working as a geographical information system (GIS) and remote sensing technician in Professor Kevin Gaston’s research group for three years. Prior to this he was a research assistant working with Dr. Nathalie Pettorelli at the Institute of Zoology in London. It was here that he developed a keen interest in using large remote sensing datasets to quantify environmental changes.

In 2014, James was awarded a NERC funded studentship titled “Coastal eye – monitoring coastal environments using a lightweight drone” from the GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership. He is currently developing robust techniques using drone and kite aerial photography surveys across the land-sea interface at the coast. His current study systems include coastal dunes, seagrass meadows and coral reefs.  

Career & Qualifications

  • 2019-Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Exeter)
  • 2014-2018 PhD (University of Exeter)
  • 2011-2014 Research Technician (University of Exeter)
  • 2010-2011 Research Assistant (Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London)
  • 2007-2010 BSc Geography with Ecology (University of Sussex)

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Duffy J (2019). Coastal Eye: Monitoring Coastal Environments Using Lightweight Drones.  Abstract.  Full text.

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