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Dr Mike Spencer

Dr Mike Spencer

Mike Spencer

Scotland’s Rural College
W Mains Rd


Mike is a data scientist tackling challenges in rural policy research. His work is diverse and includes agriculture, mental health, digital economy and other topics. Within his research group, he is also responsible for data management and strategy. Mike has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied snow hydrology. His research was based around a historic dataset (Snow Survey of Great Britain), which he used to demonstrate a link between snow cover and climate fluctuations and better understand snow cover and melt frequency through computer simulation, machine learning and statistics. You can read more about Mike's research on his blog, scottishsnow.


Leading Ideas

  • Water Resources

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 1: Natural Assets
  • 1.2 - Water Resources
  • 1.2.1 Water and its ecosystem functions