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Centre for Biological Sciences

Research Group: Environmental Biosciences

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The thematic interests of this group cover the interactions of plants and animals with their environment, across scales from molecular and cellular levels to the whole organism, population and landscape. We combine expertise in ecological and evolutionary processes, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology, to address current and future problems of worldwide significance. Our projects include adaptation to changing environments, sustainable use of natural resources, sustainable bioenergy, food and water security, human health, and biodiversity conservation.

Group Overview

Microbial Biofilms. The University hosts the largest UK grouping of academics working on biofilms and microbial communities. Microbial research in Biological Sciences focuses on the physiology, development, evolution, genetics and molecular ecology of biofilms, together with their impact in environmental and clinical settings.

Plant Sciences. Our research in plant sciences has a strong focus in molecular and cellular plant biology that addresses environmental effects on plant physiology, development and function. This includes the use of plants for renewable energy, and crop science priorities such as responses to abiotic and biotic stresses (heavy metals, CO2 etc) and improved nutrition. The group has expertise in a range of plants including, Arabidopsis, poplar, wheat, barley, rice, and pea, and also in algae.

Ecology and Environment. Our research focuses on adaptations to changing environments. These include responses of organisms to stress factors brought about by environmental change at physiological, population and community levels, and human responses to change such as the exploitation of natural systems for sources of bioenergy and ecosystem services, and management of natural resources.

Environmental Biosciences Principal Investigators (PI)

Dr Mark Chapman: PI Evolutionary Genomics and Transcriptomics
Professor Patrick Doncaster: PI Population ecology
Dr Felix Eigenbrod: PI Spatial Ecology
Dr Thomas Ezard: PI Evolutionary Biology
Associate Professor Chris Jackson: PI Behaviour & pest control
Dr Lex Kraaijeveld: PI Insect-parasite interactions
Professor Bill Keevil: PI Microbiology & environmental health
Dr Alan Marchant: PI Plant cell walls and root development
Professor Philip Newland: PI Organisation of insect neural networks
Dr Kelvin Peh: PI Wildlife-human conflicts
Professor Guy Poppy: PI Insect/plant interactions
Professor Gail Taylor: PI Plants & Environment
Professor Matthew Terry: PI Chloroplast development and function
Professor Jeremy Webb: PI Microbial biofilms and their control
Dr Lorraine Williams: PI Membrane transporters

Postgraduate opportunities

If you are interested in joining us either to study or to become part of our research team please select the relevant link below for further information.

Funded PhD Opportunities

Current job vacancies at the University of Southampton 

Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Ilectra AdamResearch Fellow (post-doctoral research associate)
Elizabeth AllinsonPhD student in Biological Sciences
Mike AllwrightPostgraduate Research Student in Second Generation Biofuels
Elizabeth ArnoldPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Ahmad Zulhilmi Bin NazriPostgraduate Research Student In Plant Molecular Biology
Carolin Bothe-TewsResearch Programme Scientific Officer
Emma BrooksPostgraduate Research Student, Industrial CASE Student (with IUCN)
Yuming CaiPostgraduate research student in Centre for Biological Science, Faculty of Natural and Environmental Science
Mark A ChapmanLecturer in Ecology and Evolution
Robert CookeResearch Technician in Transient Demography
Annabelle DamerumPostgraduate Research Student in Plant Sciences
C. Patrick DoncasterProfessor of Ecology
Claire DooleyResearch Fellow in Transient Demography
Adam DoreyPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Caroline DuignanResearch Technician
Felix EigenbrodAssociate Professor Ecology
Thomas H G EzardNERC Advanced Senior Research Fellow
Emily C FarthingPostgraduate Research Student
Tania Garcia BecerraResearch Technician (Plant Biology)
Maria Salomé Gião Teixeira de CarvalhoResearch Fellow
Zoe M HarrisPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Rodolphe Hervé Senior Research Fellow
Robert HollandResearch Fellow
Robert P. HowlinResearch Fellow in Microbiology
Jing-Lun HuangPostgraduate research student
Chris JacksonAssociate Professor in Ecology and Evolution
Emma JoslinPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Sylwia KacprzakPostgraduate Research Student in Plant Biology
Bill KeevilChair in Environmental Healthcare
Lex KraaijeveldLecturer in Ecology and Evolution
Judith LockSenior Teaching Fellow
Alan MarchantLecturer in Molecular Plant Sciences
Suzanne MilnerPlant Biology Project Technician
Nunto NattapoomPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Science
Philip NewlandProfessor of Neuroscience
Flora J.M O'BrienPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Przemyslaw OciepaPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Mike PageResearch Fellow
Kelvin PehResearch Career Track Lecturer
Evelyn Pina CovarrubiasPhD Research Student in Biological Sciences
Hannah PinchinResearch Fellow
Guy M PoppyChief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency (UK Govt)
N. Malissa RahimiPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Fabrizia RattoPostgraduate Research Student In Environmental Biosciences
Gideon RothsteinPostgraduate research student in plant biology
Libby RowlandPostgraduate Research Student in School of Biological Sciences
Jasmine SabanPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Richard SandsPostgraduate research student in biological sciences
Thomas SeckerProject Technician Environmental Health
Susanna SherwinProject Technician
Fiona SimmancePostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Hazel Katherine Smith WATBIO Research Fellow
Jake L SnaddonSenior Research Fellow (Ecology)
Rebecca SpakePostgraduate research student
Kevin StanilandPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Doroteya K. StaykovaResearch Fellow
Gail TaylorProfessor of Plant and Environmental Biology
Matthew J TerryProfessor of Molecular Plant Biology
Billy M ValdesProject Technician: Plant Molecular Genetics
Maud VigerResearch Fellow
Nikol VoutsinaPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Sarah Louise WarnesResearch Fellow (Copper Development)
Sarah WarnesPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences (P/T)
Alexander Watson-LazowskiPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Jeremy S WebbProfessor of Microbiology
Sandra A WilksSenior Research Fellow (Microbiology)
Simon WillcockResearch Fellow: Ecosystem Services
Lorraine E WilliamsAssociate Professor in Plant Biology
Nancy WongPostgraduate Research Student in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
Anna ZincenkoPostgraduate Research Student in Population Biology

Related Projects

Related ProjectsStatusType
Role of electrostatics in entomologyActive
Antimicrobial Tolerance in Bacterial Biofilms: An Inter-Disciplinary ApproachActive
Mapping the supply and demand of bioenergy in Great Britain to 2050Active
Antimicrobial copper: Biocidal efficacy and killing mechanism of copper and copper alloy dry surfaces against bacterial and viral pathogensActive
Plastid-to-nucleus signalling in plantsActive
WISER: Which Ecosystem Service Models best capture the needs of the rural poor?Active
Are GTGs a new class of plant anion channels regulating pH in the endomembrane system?Active
Prevention and minimisation of biofilms on urinary catheters and equipmentActive
Vitacress Research Unit: Improving the quality and healthy-giving benefits of baby salad leavesActive
Evolutionary aspects of ant-fungus interactions in leaf-cutting antsActive
Multitrophic interactions - inducted plant resistance and plant S.O.S. signallingActive
Tsetse fly controlActive
Wildlife corridors for large mammals in BelizeActive
Environmental Healthcare Unit ConsultancyActive
Development of novel methods to assess the viability and infectivity of pathogens in biofilms found in drinking water supply systems.Active
Harnessing the Genetic Diversity of Watercress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum) for Improved Morphology and Anti-cancer Benefits: Underpinning Data for Molecular Breeding.Active
In-Vivo Imaging of Soil, Roots and Root Hairs for Improved Understanding of Phosphate Uptake by PlantsActive
A global framework for quantifying the ecosystem service impacts of oil and biofuel production - DormantDormant
Physiological function of the GTG/GPHRs, a highly conserved family of eukaryotic membrane proteinsActive
Improving solar conversion efficiency in marine microalgaeActive
Sustainable urban planning decision support for urban planning BRIDGEActive
Rapid assessment of surface contamination and decontamination efficacyActive
EuroChar: Development of technologies for long-term carbon sequestrationActive
Improving the sustainability of water use in baby leaf salad cropsActive
How does natural and anthropogenic disturbance change human population growth?Active
Development of endoscope decontamination proceduresActive
Predictive Adaptive Responses in DrosophilaActive
Control of fruitflies in Malaysian fruit cropsActive
Diet and immune responses in Drosophila melanogasterActive
Evolution of cooperation in microbial biofilmsActive
Developmental function of the RGII component of pectin in plantsActive
Characterisation of glycosyltransferases functioning during the synthesis of the secondary cell wall hemicellulose glucuronoxylanActive
Microbial interactions in multi-species drinking water biofilm communityActive
Biofouling control for in-situ lab-on-a-chip environmental sensorsActive
Improving the quality of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) using a molecular breeding approachActive
Ecosystem Canaries: biodiversity measures as early warning signalsActive
Bioenergy value chains: Whole systems analysis and optimisationActive
Immunity, neurodegeneration and ageingActive
ENERGYPOPLAR: Understanding traits for bioenergy in poplarActive
Adaptive differences in response to flooding in Populus alba and Populus tremulaActive
Investigating Novel Genes in Poplar for Improved Cell Wall DisassemblyActive
CleanWeb - the Web as an enabler of environmental sustainabilityActive
Using Next Generation Sequencing to understand acclimation and adaption of Plantago lanceolata to a changing environment Active
Implications of drought conditions for microbial soil ecology: a metagenomic approachActive
Conservation and adaptation in the landscape: A review of landscape scale approaches in Britain - DormantDormant
The regulatory mechanisms controlling zinc content in wheatActive
A genome-wide approach to understand domesticationActiveGrant
Environmental impact of transgenic (GM) plantsActive
Physiology, genetics and genomics of drought adaptation in PopulusActive
Exploring the influence of the plant lateral root gravitropic set point angle on architecture in soils using X-Ray Computed TomographyActive
Origin and evolution of chess-like board gamesActive
An individual-based perspective on macroevolutionActive
Safe operating spaces for regional rural development: a new conceptual tool for evaluating complex socio-ecological system dynamics - DormantDormant
Climate-proof habitat refugia - DormantDormant
Manganese homeostasis in higher plantsActive
Nutrient stress in plants in relation to biofortification and phytoremediationActive
Relative importance of innate, conditioned and learnt behavioursActive
Mechanism for delayed senescence in Populus in a high CO2 world Active
Digital lifeActive
BioliSME II: Demonstration, validation and preliminary promotion of a commercial prototype speedy system for sampling and detecting Listeria monocytogenesActive
Global transcriptomic responses to parasitismActive
An ecosystem service approach to quantifying the role of freshwater biodiversity in supporting food security - DormantDormant
Identifying the regulating factors of biodiversity in deep timeActive
Using transcriptomics to understand adaptation and speciation in an island radiationActiveStudentship
SecurEau – Security and decontamination of drinking water distribution systems following a deliberate contamination event.Active
Cold Atmospheric Plasma (CAP) for the decontamination of reusable surgical instrumentsActive
The role of nitric oxide in the control of biofilm and zoonotic pathogen colonisation of the salad phylloplaneActive
Parallel domestication as a model to understand the repeatability of phenotypic evolutionActiveStudentship
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