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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
Alice E BallPostgraduate Research Student in Complex Systems Simulation
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 Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
Mark A ChapmanLecturer in Ecology and Evolution
Robert CookePostgraduate Research Student in Macroecology
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
Neil J. GostlingSenior Teaching 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 Dean (Education). Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
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
Bethan ShawPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Susanna SherwinProject Technician
Fiona SimmancePostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
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 WarnesPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences (P/T)
Alexander Watson-LazowskiPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Jeremy S WebbProfessor of Microbiology
Oliver WhitePostgraduate Research Student in Evolutionary Genomics and Transcriptomics
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

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