Paul Robinson - Ecosystem Analysis Team
When did you start at JNCC? - October 2004.
What is your role in JNCC? - My current job title is Senior Natural Capital Evidence Specialist, which is a bit of a mouthful. The role is all about developing new methods and combining data in new ways in order to monitor our natural capital.
Have you had any other roles at JNCC? - Oh yes… Project Officer for the UKSeaMap project, Data Custodian, Terrestrial Monitoring Specialist, Earth Observation Applications Manager.
What do you like the most about working at JNCC? - JNCC gives me the opportunity to work in the conservation sector, working closely with partners across all of the UK and feel like my work can actually make a difference to how we manage the landscape and our biodiversity. On a more practical level, JNCC also provides a very flexible working environment, which helps enormously when trying to manage the logistics of family and working life. There is a pretty good bunch of people to work with too, who share my values when it comes to nature conservation.
What’s been your greatest achievement at JNCC? - There have been a number of achievements that I have particularly enjoyed – producing the first iteration of UKSeaMap, developing a process to produce GI data from UKHO data so that public sector bodies can access it cost effectively, developing methods for creating habitat maps from satellite data – but my current favourite is the role I have played in creating a detailed habitat map for half of Northern Ireland, particularly as we will soon have the whole country mapped.