Hannah Cooper is an environmental scientist who studies how natural ecosystems are impacted by climate change and human land use. Her research focuses on greenhouse gas emissions and the natural cycling of key elements in ecosystems from temperate to tropical environments.
Cooper has been conducting research at the University of Nottingham since 2015. She is currently a Research Fellow working on the multidisciplinary research project; LegumeSELECT. This is aimed at increasing the contribution of legumes to smallholder livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa by facilitating data-driven selection of appropriate legume crops to meet the needs of farmers.
She completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2019, where she focused on the role soil structure plays in controlling and regulating soil function across different agricultural systems in the UK and across Brazil. Prior to this, Cooper spent time in Malaysia where she assessed how the process of converting a peat swamp forest to a palm oil plantation contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions.