Louise Heathwaite is Professor of Land and Water Science in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. She has over 25 years research experience in catchment science focusing on diffuse nutrient pollution, wetland hydrochemistry, and water quality, and has published over 150 papers in international journals.
From 2012-2017, Louise was appointed as Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and the Environment to the Scottish Government, working part-time on secondment from Lancaster University. Prior to this, Louise was seconded to the Natural Environment Research Council from 2008-2012, where she led the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources strategic research theme.
Louise was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015.