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My research focuses on the impacts of global change and land-use change on terrestrial ecosystems; specifically carbon and nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration. I also conduct applied research focused on the effects and interactions of climate change and mitigation measures (renewable energy and biochar) on biogeochemical cycling. I hold a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship for Terrestrial Bioenergy aimed at maximising the impact of CEH and NERC bioenergy research
NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship: Engaging the bioenergy sector to address soil sustainability challenges of bioenergy and land-use change (2014-2017)
U-GRASS: Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystem services and resilience in UK grass and croplands (collaborators including Imperial College, Rothamsted Research and Aberdeen University). NERC Soil Security Programme (2015-2018)
MAGLUE: Measurement and Analysis of bioenergy greenhouse gases: Integrating GHGs into LCAs and the UK Bioenergy Value Chain Modelling Environment. Collaborating with Southampton, Imperial College, IBERS-Aberystwyth, Aberdeen and Forest Research. EPSRC Supergen Bioenergy Challenge II. http://www.maglue.ac.uk/
Recently completed projects:
Respiration in the Andes (NERC Discovery Science 2010-2014).
For complete list of publications click here: Researchgate
Nottingham AT, Turner BL, Whitaker J, Ostle NJ, McNamara NP, Bardgett RD, Salinas N, Meir P (2015). Soil microbial nutrient constraints along a tropical forest elevation gradient: a belowground test of a biogeochemical paradigm. Biogeosciences, 12, 6071-6083. doi: 10.5194/bg-12-6071-2015.
Nottingham, AT; Whitaker, J; Turner, BL; Salinas, N; Zimmerman, M; Malhi, Y; Meir, P (2015) Climate warming and soil carbon in tropical forests: insights from an elevation gradient in the Peruvian Andes. BioScience, 65 (9). 906-921. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv109
Case, SDC; McNamara, NP; Reay, DS; Stott, AW; Grant, HK;Whitaker, J (2015) Biochar suppresses N2O emissions while maintaining N availability in a sandy loam soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 81. 178-185.doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.11.012
Whitaker, J; Ostle, N; McNamara, NP; Nottingham, AT; Stott, AW; Bardgett, RD; Salinas, N; Ccahuana, AJQ; Meir, P (2014) Microbial carbon mineralization in tropical lowland and montane forest soils of Peru. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5, 720. 13 pp. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00720
Whitaker, J; Ostle, N; Nottingham, AT; Ccahuana, A; Salinas, N; Bardgett, RD; Meir, P; McNamara, NP (2014) Microbial community composition explains soil respiration responses to changing carbon inputs along an Andes-to-Amazon elevation gradient. Journal of Ecology, 102 (4). 1058-1071. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12247
Armstrong, A; Waldron, S; Whitaker, J; Ostle, NJ (2014) Wind farm and solar park effects on plant-soil carbon cycling: uncertain impacts of changes in ground-level microclimate. Global Change Biology, 20 (6). 1699-1706. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12437
2013-present: Ecologist (Band 5), Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Lancaster.
2001-2013: Ecologist (Band 6), Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster.
1998-2001: NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship: "Biochemical biomarkers of heavy metal stress in plants"
PhD in Ecology, University of Leeds and Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, 1997
"Effects of heavy metal pollution on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and its ectomycorrhizal symbionts".
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, Liverpool John Moores University, 1994.
- Member of British Ecological Society
- Member of RCUK Bioenergy Strategic Coordination Group