Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Lynsay Blake

Research Development Team

Background

I am an environmental scientist with experience of developing fundamental and applied research within academia and industry.

Interests include

  • Investigating environmentally and economically favourable end-uses for novel waste products derived from municipal solid waste (taking a combined physical, chemical and biological approach); working with industrial partners to develop treatment options for agricultural wastes;
  • Investigate microbial function and community structure in natural and engineered environments. I am particularly interested in the extremes of microbial function and potential application;

At present I work in the Research Development Team  

Professional and academic qualifications:

2012 – Certificate in Management and Leadership (Chartered Management Institute)

2012 – Project management, PRINCE 2 (Projects in controlled environments) Practitioner (APM-Group)

2005 – 2010 – Methanogenic and methanotrophic processes in temperate and high latitude environments (PhD, Newcastle University)

2004 -2005 – Environmental Biogeochemistry (MSc, Newcastle University)

1997-2001 –Biological Sciences: Developmental Biology (BSc, Edinburgh University) 

Awards:

2016 - Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development award from the United Nations University for my community engagement work leading Cinema Politica Newcastle (http://www.cinemapolitica.org/newcastle) an organisation which provides a platform for under represented social and environmental issues, providing a safe space for discussion and debate.  We are supported by The Northern Stage (https://www.northernstage.co.uk/).

Peer review

Bioresource technology, Waste Management, Environmental Microbiology, and ISME journal

Memberships:

Society of General Microbiology

BBSRC AD network


 

 


Research


Previous projects:

'Sustainability options for Multi-storey communities', Funded by Northern Power Grid, Northern Gas Networks, and Impact Acceleration Account funding (2015-2016)

Nature and Nurture: Linking causative agents in the environments with increased incidence of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC),  Institute for Sustainability funded (2014 -2015)

'Determining biogenic and non-biogenic mass components in MSW streams by thermal decomposition' TSB funded, and Institute for Sustainability funded (2012) Industrial lead.

'Optimising biogas production through anaerobic digestion'  TSB funded (2009 -2012) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate

 'Methanogenic and methanotrophic processes in temperate and high latitude environments'  EPSRC funded (2005 -2010) Post Graduate Researcher












Teaching

Undergraduate

Research methods for Environmental Pollution (CEG2609) - Principle lecturer (2016 -2017)

Geographies of Sustainability (GEO3134) -  Guest lecturer (Municipal Solid Waste) (2015 -2016)

Postgraduate

Research Methods (CEG8601) - Guest lecturer  (Science and Society; disciplinary to interdisciplinary research) (2014 -2016)



Publications