M.Phil. Melissa Atwell

PhD student (Geoökologie & Physische Geographie)
External PhD student

Academic Career

Present- PhD Candidate. (Specializing in Geophysical techniques for the valuation of eco-system services). The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Title of thesis:Land use change effects on soil natural capital and ecosystem services in a tropical savanna: A case study using geophysical soil sensing to evaluate the Aripo savanna. 

2013- Masters of Philosophy in Geography (Specializing in using Geophysical techniques for salinity mapping in wetlands).The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Title of thesis: Spatial and temporal variability of soil and water quality parameters in relation to vegetation zonation in a tropical estuarine swamp.

2006- Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources Management and International Relations.The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

 

Work Experiences

Present- Instructor: Department of Geography, the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Present  

2008 – 2018- Technical Assistant I: Department of Geography, the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. 

2007 – 2008-  Administrative Assistant: United Nations Children’s Fund, Chancery Lane, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

2006-2007- Administration: International Labour Organization, Stanmore House, 6 Stanmore Ave, Port-of-Spain. 

2001- 2002- Research Assistant: Institute of Marine Affairs, Hill Top Lane, Chagaramas, Trinidad & Tobago. 

 

Research Interests

  • Geophysical soil sensing
  • Soils- Soil carbon dynamics
  • Land use/land cover changes
  • Tropical savanna soil ecosystems
  • Wetland soil ecosystems