Dr Holly Croft

School of Biosciences

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

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Dr Holly Croft
School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Sheffield, UK (2020-)
  • MSCA Independent Research Fellow, University of Sheffield, UK (2018-2020)
  • Research Associate, University of Toronto, Canada (2011-2018)
  • Research Assistant, University of Basel, Switzerland (2010-2011)
  • PhD Physical Geography, University of Exeter, UK (2010)
  • MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modeling and Reconstruction, University of Manchester (2006)
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Manchester, UK (2002)
Research interests

I am an ecological remote sensing scientist with interests in agricultural, forested and Arctic terrestrial ecosystems. My research is focused on the use of remotely sensed data in the measurement and modelling of biophysical and ecological variables that influence vegetation productivity, carbon exchange and nutrient use, along with the effects of disturbance on ecosystem structure and function. I use remote sensing data, acquired from a range of platforms from UAVs to satellites, ground-based field experiments and novel analytical methods to improve our understanding of vegetated systems for research and management applications.

Current research projects

RESOLVE: ‘Remote sensing of photosynthetic traits for high latitude plant productivity modelling’ Funding Agency: Horizon 2020 MSCA

The arctic is predicted to warm faster and to a greater extent than anywhere on earth. Environmental drivers such as increased temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration, are resulting in unprecedented changes to the structure, function and/or species composition of arctic and boreal vegetation. Recent developments in remote sensing methods and satellite technologies and have opened up exciting new opportunities to use chlorophyll fluorescence and modeled leaf biochemical estimates as indicators of plant physiological status, in order to address biome-scale questions on climate-induced changes in vegetation productivity. This research will contribute to: improving our understanding of the spatially-dependent dominant environmental drivers affecting ABB vegetation change at local and regional scales, determining the terrestrial carbon budget for the ABB, and the consequent implications for atmospheric CO2 concentrations.


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Professional activities and memberships
  • Editorial board – American Geophysical Union books
  • Editorial board – MDPI Remote Sensing journal
  • Grant proposal reviewer for: NSERC (Canada), European Research Council, NERC (UK), BELSPO (Belgium) national research programme for earth observation.