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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 Jane Catford: PI Invasion and community ecology
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
Dr Orly Razgour: PI Global Change Genetics
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

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Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Reem Ali AldawaiPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Elizabeth AllinsonPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Elizabeth C ArnoldPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Adham Ashton-ButtPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Jack H Bailey-BalePostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Alice E BallPostgraduate Research Student in Complex Systems Simulation
Jennifer BallPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Jessica BamptonPostgraduate Research Student in Plant Biology
Yuming CaiPostgraduate Research Student in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
Jane CatfordLecturer in Ecology
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
Caspar DonnisonPostgraduate Research Student in Bioenergy and Natural Capital
Adam DoreyPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Marc G DumontLecturer in Environmental Microbiology
Sebastian DunnettPostgraduate Research Student in Biodiversity and Renewable Energy
Felix EigenbrodAssociate Professor Ecology
Felix EigenbrodPrincipal Investigator (Spatial Ecology)
Brekhna FaheemPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Yogendra GaihrePostgraduate Research Student
Tania Garcia BecerraPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Rachel GardnerPostgraduate Research Student in Conservation Biology
Maria Salomé Gião Teixeira de CarvalhoResearch Fellow
Neil J. GostlingSenior Teaching Fellow
Rachael E. GrahamPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Fraser HarrisMRes Advanced Biological Science Student
Marcela Teresa Hernandez GarciaResearch Fellow in Environmental Microbiology
Rodolphe Hervé Senior Research Fellow
Robert A HollandSenior Research Fellow
Robert P. HowlinResearch Fellow in Microbiology
Jing-Lun HuangPostgraduate research student Postgraduate Research Student in Ecology
Chris JacksonAssociate Dean (Education). Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Lisa JonesMRes Advanced Biological Science
Emma JoslinPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Sylwia KacprzakPostgraduate Research Student in Plant Biology
Bill KeevilChair in Environmental Healthcare
Ellie KirbyPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Lex KraaijeveldPrincipal Teaching Fellow in Ecology and Evolution
Claire LambPostgraduate Research Student in Microbiology
Judith E LockSenior Teaching Fellow
Alan MarchantSenior Teaching Fellow in Molecular Plant Sciences
Benjamin T McDonaghPostgraduate Research Student in Microbiology
Suzanne MilnerPlant Biology Project Technician
Rebecca J MorrisRoyal Society University Research Fellow
Evie MorrisPostgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)
Nunto NattapoomPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Science
Philip NewlandProfessor of Neuroscience
Roberto Novella FernandezPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Anna PagePostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Kelvin PehLecturer in Conservation Science
Evelyn Pina CovarrubiasPostgraduate 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
Orly RazgourLecturer in Ecology
Mark RichardsonChief Executive Officer of the National Biofilms Innovation Centre
Bjorn RobroekLecturer in Ecology
Libby RowlandPostgraduate Research Student in School of Biological Sciences
Jasmine SabanPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Richard SandsPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Thomas J SeckerResearch Fellow in infection prevention
Bethan ShawPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Seb ShepherdPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Fiona SimmancePostgraduate Research Student in the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Kevin StanilandPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Gail TaylorProfessor of Plant and Environmental Biology
Matthew J TerryProfessor of Molecular Plant Biology
Constance TremlettPostgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences
Billy ValdesResearch Technician: Molecular basis of potato greening to reduce food waste
Maud VigerResearch Fellow
Nikol VoutsinaPostgraduate 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

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