Natalia Balashova

Natalia Balashova



If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Academic Background


During and following the completion of a Bachelor’s programme in Geology (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia) I developed a particular interest in environmental aspects of Earth Sciences, including applications of geospatial technologies in sustainable and precision agriculture. 

 My Master’s research in environmental remote sensing at Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA) included work with electromagnetic reflectance (hyperspectral and multispectral resolution, including satellite imagery) to compare and differentiate organic and conventional crops. This research together with further professional experience in Sustainable Drainage Systems and flood risk management have formed a special interest in the impact of land management practices on the state of aquatic environments.

 In my PhD research I study how effective are catchment-based approaches and best management farming practices in reducing pesticide loss to surface water supplies. The goal of the project is to assess metaldehyde transport and persistence in the environment at a catchment scale – a catchment where farmers are encouraged to use alternative slug control methods instead of applying metaldehyde on their land.

 My most recent research interests include: i) evaluation of the impact that land use and management practices make on water quality ii) transport and fate of pollutants in the environment, iii) effect of climatic and hydrological conditions on pollutants’ loss to watercourses.   


Current Courses (Associate Tutor)

ENV-4004Y Research and Field Skills 

ENV-4013Y Quantitative Skills I

ENV-4014Y Quantitative Skills II

ENV-4005A Understanding the Dynamic Planet

ENV-4001A Global Environmental Challenges 

ENV-6009A Fossil Fuels

ENV-5018A Global tectonics

ENV-4010Y Geographical perspectives

ENV-4007B and 4008B Atmosphere and Oceans

ENV-5028B GIS Skills for Project Work



2018-Present PhD in Catchment Science, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA and Anglian Water Services

2017-2018 Assistant Flood Risk Officer, Norfolk County Council

2013-2015 MSc in Geology (Geospatial Science), Bowling Green State University

2010-2013 Geologist, Russian Geologic Research Institute

2005-2010 BSc Geology, School of Earth Sciences, Saint-Petersburg State University


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or