Dr Laura Burgin

Laura researches the dispersion of biological material in the atmosphere

Areas of expertise

Laura's areas of expertise include:

  • the impacts of weather and climate on the spread of animal diseases such as bluetongue and foot-and-mouth
  • atmospheric dispersion of biological material such as Legionella bacteria, Chalara fraxinea fungi and moth crop pests
  • dispersion for other emergency response applications

My Publications - Burgin, L

Current activities

The main focus of Laura's work is a Defra  funded collaborative project with the Pirbright Institute to improve predictions of spread of animal diseases such as bluetongue, Schmallenberg and foot-and-mouth using the Met Office's Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME).

Laura is also undertaking a six month sabbatical in the Climate Impacts Modelling group looking at changes to ecosystems and fire risk using the HadCM3 Earth System Ensemble.

As part of the Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality Group, Laura helps maintain the capability of the Met Office to provide scientific support to the UK government, its agencies and other academic institutes during emergency situations such as animal and plant disease outbreaks, volcanic eruptions, nuclear incidents and large fires. 

Career background

While working at the Met Office, Laura completed a PhD in 2011 with the  School of Geography at the University of Exeter on the impacts of weather and climate change on the spread of bluetongue into the UK.

Prior to joining the Met Office in 2006, Laura completed a BSc in Geophysics at the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading.

Last updated: 15 April 2014