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Mr Leon Debell



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).

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.

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).

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).