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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. KE4BE: 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
Links to selected publications are included below
Sustainable Bioenergy: Managing and understanding the environmental risks and benefits
Stakeholder workshop on Bioenergy and Land-use change
Website of the Ecosystem Land-use Modelling and Soil carbon flux trial (ELUM)
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.
- UKRI Energy Programme Science Advisory Committee (2018-present)
- RCUK Bioenergy Strategic Coordination Group (2015-present)
Member of British Ecological Society