The Team
Jon Styles

Jon has worked for 20 years in Earth Observation and environmental research. After gaining a PhD from the University of Reading he worked in technical roles on the data processing systems and cal/val facilities for ERS-1 and Envisat. During secondment to Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates in Canada he worked on the Radarsat ground segment as team leader for the ScanSAR mode processor. He subsequently moved into a management and consulting role and has managed over 50 projects in EO applications development, environment and climate change. In addition to his technical project management and EO expertise, has wide ranging experience in project definition, cost-benefit and impact analysis, strategy development and knowledge transfer. His international experience includes extensive work across Europe as well as in the USA, Canada, Japan and South America.

Zofia Stott
Principal Consultant

Zofia Stott has a PhD in physics and 30 years’ experience in science and technology policy, environmental monitoring and information technology. Experience includes project management, business development, technical consultancy, organisation of workshops and acting as technical rapporteur and facilitator of high level working groups. Much of her technical consultancy work has been directed towards environmental programmes, developing public sector strategy, road mapping and forward look studies in support of UK government departments, European Commission and European Space Agency. She has a long association with environmental research programmes and is currently Programme Manager for the National Centre for Earth Observation funded by NERC and aimed at using satellite data to test Earth system models.

Marie-Claire Greening
Senior Consultant

Marie-Claire has worked for more than 22 years in Earth Observation and space research. She gained her PhD from the University of Plymouth, during which time she held a series of research posts.  As a consultant in EO for the past 20 years, Marie-Claire has led numerous technical studies for UK and international clients and now leads Assimila’s consultancy work in the domain of Earth Observation for Climate Change.

Throughout her career, Marie-Claire has maintained an active participation within the international EO community, in particular with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). She has provided technical, facilitation and managerial support to the EC’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and now Copernicus programmes, currently supporting the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to deliver the EC’s Copernicus Climate Change service (C3S).

Gerardo Lopez-Saldana
Earth Observation Applications Scientist

Gerardo’s work is focused on the use of Earth Observation (EO) data, geocomputing and data assimilation methods to characterise the land surface. His main research interests are fire in the Earth system and the Carbon cycle. Some of his previous work includes:

  • Developing an operational wildfire monitoring system using direct readout EO data for Mexico and Germany

  • Working at UCL as part of the ESA-GlobAlbedo team, helped to create the longest land surface Albedo data record

  • As part of the FP7 MELODIES project at the University of Reading developed a methodology to improve greenhouse gas emission inventories, through novel use of EO for assessing annual land cover and land use changes.

Nicola Pounder

Nicola has worked in Earth Observation since obtaining her DPhil in physics from the University of Oxford in 2008. She has more than a decade of research experience at the Universities of Oxford and Reading and joined Assimila Ltd. in 2014. Nicola is experienced in applying advanced statistical techniques to the analysis of large datasets through software algorithm development. Her recent work has been in Earth Observation of both the land and atmosphere in particular exploiting satellite instrument synergies through variational data assimilation techniques. She has worked in international collaborations including the Collider Detector Facility (CDF) experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Facility, Chicago, USA and as part of synergy project development for the ESA-JAXA EarthCARE satellite, presenting her work at national and international conferences.

Jane Lewis
Systems Engineer

Jane is an experience Systems Engineer with many years experience IT in the defence, telecomms and environment sectors. The has hands-on experience across the whole development lifecycle from designing and writing code to overall systems architecture.  She has led sizeable system development teams and is an expert in delivering systems engineering training and encouraging sound software skills amongst scientists.   She has MScs in Computing and  in Applied Meteorology. Jane leads Assimila’s Ssytems Engineering work, ensuring rigorous standards are applied to our work, and developing the skillsets of our staff.

Taylor Day
Software Engineer

Taylor has a background in Geography with expertise in GIS and remote sensing following the completion of his Master’s degree at the University of Southampton in 2016. During this MSc, he focused on how spatial data and these technologies can be used to enhance and complement a whole range of applications, from agriculture to emergency management, and is now responsible for incorporating this knowledge into projects at Assimila.

Alex Cornelius

After completing his undergraduate in Environmental Sciences, Alex graduated from his masters at University College London in Remote Sensing, allowing him a good insight into the application of earth observation to biological and ecological systems. His thesis was done in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and focused on applying contemporary computer vision and spatial analysis techniques to mapping desert vegetation arrangement in the hyper arid Atacama. His current work at Assimila is focused on environmental modelling of vegetation canopy temperatures, for use in bio pesticide efficacy models.