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Lindsay Todman, Rothasted Research - UK
I originally trained as a mechanical engineer but subsequently studied hydrology and then, for my PhD, focused on modelling water flow through soil from a novel irrigation system, which also desalinated the water. I have now been working for 2 years at Rothamsted Research, an agricultural research institute just north of London, UK. In my research I use models and data analysis to explore how we could better manage agricultural systems. My recent work has particularly focused on the temporal dynamics of these systems and their ‘resilience’ to shocks. As the assumptions necessary in such models mean that can never be ‘right’ I view them as tools that are best used in close collaboration with stakeholders (including other scientists), so that the options identified by the models can inspire further discussion and experimentation.