Jennifer Kirby

Jennifer Kirby

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jennifer Kirby is undertaking doctorial research into improving leaf fall monitoring and modeling around the UK rail network. This involves engineering a device to automatically model changes in tree canopies using near infrared imagery.  Her PhD currently involves working alongside the Met Office and the Rail Safety and Standards board to improve understanding of the rail network issues during the autumn season.


BSc in Environmental Science
MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control 


Jennifer Kirby has gained a degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Air Pollution from the University of Birmingham. Between her Masters and PhD she has worked in industry. Previous roles include a graduate Environmental Scientist for the engineering firm Atkins Global.

Doctoral research

PhD title
High resolution leaf fall monitoring and low adhesion forecasting using hemispherical NIR imagery Supervisors Dr Lee Chapman and Dr Victoria Chapman


Research interests

Jennifer’s main interest includes plant biology, atmospheric chemistry, meteorology, geo engineering and aerosol science. 

Other activities

Jennifer is Student Representative for PhD students in Environmental Health Sciences. She also volunteers to tutor Science and English to secondary school and adult learners.