Web Application Developer

Project:   ViPER II – Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk

This project brings together two freely-available, NERC-funded decision support tools (DSTs); one for modelling sources of FIO risk on agricultural land (ViPER), and the other for modelling hydrological connectivity of diffuse pollutants within the landscape (SCIMAP). The aim of this project is to integrate both of these DSTs in order to understand spatial patterns of microbial water quality impairment in catchments.

We hope that this DST will be utilised by a wide range of stakeholders who plan to improve water quality, including landowners, governmental organisations, and NGOs.


More about me:

I have an interest in technology, particularly it’s application in a scientific context. I completed a multidisciplinary undergraduate degree at Stirling in philosophy, computing, and psychology which developed my interest in scientific computing. I then began a project at Glasgow Caledonian University investigating technological solutions for falls prevention programmes in older adults.

My PhD was in vision science in the department of physics at Durham University. This project concerned depth perception in humans and animals. I developed models to simulate the optical properties of cat and human eyes, and I conducted psychophysical experiments to test the effect of monovision on visual discomfort when viewing 3D TVs.

I then spent 2 years working for the BBC as a software engineer with R&D, developing the BBC Taster website and working with editorial teams to bring digital innovation projects in front of BBC audiences.

I have always had an interest in the human health, technology and the natural environment. This led me into my position with ESHH on the NERC-funded ViPER II project. I am enthusiastic about science communication and outreach, and have engaged in several projects as a STEM Ambassador.


Twitter: @jared_parnell