Charlotte Smith

PhD student, Associate Lecturer

Research Overview

Charlotte’s research focuses on land cover change in tropical regions, in particular the spread of secondary forest in the Brazilian Amazon. She is currently completing her PhD under the supervision of Jos Barlow and Paul Young at Lancaster University, John Healey at Bangor University, and Fernando Espirito-Santo at Leicester University. As an Envision DTP student, she is funded by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC).

Published research

She is currently working on the manuscript for her first paper, publishing the results of the first chapter of her thesis.

She has been a contributing author on the following papers:

  • Elias et al, 2019 | Assessing the growth and climate sensitivity of secondary forests in highly deforested Amazonian landscapes

Current research

Charlotte is currently using MapBiomas 3.1 and Python to map secondary forest growth across the Brazilian Amazon.


Charlotte is the Envision DTP student representative and demonstrates on undergraduate modules in the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Outside interests

When she is not mapping tropical land cover change, Charlotte likes to go hiking and wild swimming. She is currently working on completing all of the Wainwright fells.