Mr Leon Debell
Telephone: 01326 259285
Currently studying for a PhD with a focus on using Structure-from-Motion and Multiview Stereo (SfM-MVS) photogrammetry techniques from drone based remote sensing data of the environment. I am also a member of the Environment & Sustainability Institutes DroneLab and a qualified Civil Aviation Authority drone pilot. I have a multifaceted background which includes time as a RAF aircraft engineer, a BSc in Wildife Conservation & Zoo Biology, Conservation Advisor in the UK, an internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, various conservation focused field campaigns and as a research technician for the University of Exeter developing a commercial drone system for hydrological studies in peatlands.
DeBell, L., Anderson, K., Brazier, R. E., King, N., & Jones, L. (2015). Water resource management at catchment scales using lightweight UAVs: current capabilities and future perspectives. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 4(1), 7–30.
Anderson, K., Griffiths, D., DeBell, L., Hancock, S., Duffy, J. P., Shutler, J. D., … Griffiths, A. (2016). A Grassroots Remote Sensing Toolkit Using Live Coding, Smartphones, Kites and Lightweight Drones. PloS One, 11(5). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151564
Duffy, J. P., Cunliffe, A. M., DeBell, L., Sandbrook, C., Wich, S. A., Shutler, J. D., … Anderson, K. (2017). Location, location, location: considerations when using lightweight drones in challenging environments. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
Glendell, M., Mcshane, G., Farrow, L., James, M. R., Quinton, J., Anderson, K., … Brazier, R. E. (2017). Testing the utility of structure-from-motion photogrammetry reconstructions using small unmanned aerial vehicles and ground photography to estimate the extent of upland soil erosion. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4142
Cunliffe, A. M., Anderson, K., DeBell, L., & Duffy, J. P. (2017). A UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved operations manual for safe deployment of lightweight drones in research. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38(8–10). https://doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2017.1286059
Torney, C. J., Lamont, M., Debell, L., Angohiatok, R. J., Leclerc, L.-M., & Berdahl, A. M. (2018). Inferring the rules of social interaction in migrating caribou. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1746). https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0385