About Me


Hello, my name is Max Rayner. I taught secondary school Geography for five years in the state and private sector. I left the profession in 2015 to study for an MSc in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources at the University of Leicester. After travelling with my wife for 6 months I then worked as a research assistant within the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research.

I am now a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leicester, working towards my PhD. My project is titled ‘Earth Observation and Ecosystem Services in the Welland River catchment’, reflecting my interests in the areas of ecological conservation and restoration and the geographical analysis of ecosystem services to support policy and decision making. My funding comes from the CENTA doctoral training partnership, supported by NERC. I will be using state of the art data from the newly launched Sentinel-2 satellite to carry out fine scale analyses of a suite of ecosystem services within the Welland River catchment. I will also be modelling future scenarios of land cover for the catchment and assessing the trade-offs and synergies of ecosystem services that come about from various land management decisions. Ultimately, I would like to produce a novel, stand alone piece of software that will allow users to set their own parameters for change within the Welland Catchment to explore different trade-offs in ecosystem services.

Away from all of this I am also a keen birder and climber!