Dr Tom Cameron, Lecturer in Community Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex
Dr Tom Cameron obtained his PhD in Ecology from the University of Leeds before undertaking postdoctoral work and fellowships in the UK (Leeds) and Sweden (Umea). He is currently a lecturer in community ecology in the Environmental and Microbial Ecology research group in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex.
He has a wide research interest in the responses of ecological communities to environmental change, but this mostly focuses of the interactions between predation, including harvesting, and resource competition on demographic structures of populations. He is currently working on different research projects across a variety of taxonomic groups and approaches spanning from laboratory based invertebrate and fish microcosms to large scale long term field based studies in lakes and coastal seas.
He is a founding Board Member of the University of Essex Centre for Environment and Society. Tom works on a number of stakeholder led initiatives, is a Board Member of the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI), and collaborates with scientists at University of East Anglia, CEFAS and IGB Berlin and the Universities of Leeds, Aberdeen and Umea.
Dr Simon Tollington, Conservation Scientist at Chester Zoo, DICE UoK
Dr Simon Tollington’s research interests lie in maintaining and replacing the ecological and evolutionary processes that support species and populations as dynamic, adaptable entities. Much of his work to date has been to provide evidence based solutions to managing endangered bird populations on Mauritius.
As such, his work on population genetics, the effects of supplemental feeding and impacts of disease in the Mauritius parakeet, has direct management implications for this and other species. His experience in population genetic research also extends to using non-invasive sampling methods on tigers in Bangladesh and Arabian leopards in Oman.
He is currently involved in numerous in-situ projects at Chester Zoo providing experimental, methodological and data analyses inputs. Many of these projects focus on developing ways to improve coexistence between people and wildlife and they include Indian elephants in Assam, Andean bears in Bolivia and fruit bats in Mauritius. He is also involved in the assessment of populations of Ecuadorian Amazon parrots in Ecuador.
Dr Simon Tollington joined Chester Zoo in 2016 as Conservation Scientist from DICE, University of Kent where he completed his PhD and was subsequently a Lecturer in Conservation Biology.
Dr Carol Robinson, Reader, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
Dr Carol Robinson leads a team which studies the role of marine bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton in the global cycling of carbon and oxygen, and how this varies in space and time and with changing environmental conditions such as increasing nutrient supply, temperature and carbon dioxide and decreasing dissolved oxygen. This involves laboratory and field observations, remote sensing, numerical models and the use of water mass tracers (sulphur hexafluoride), gliders and time series datasets.
Recent projects have included the determination of oxygen photolysis as a potential bias in the determination of plankton production, the impact of coastal upwelling on carbonate chemistry, the relationship between apparent oxygen utilisation and dissolved organic carbon, and determination of the proportion of plankton respiration attributable to bacterioplankton.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and past President of the Challenger Society for Marine Science.
Dr Michael Steinke, Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex
Dr Michael Steinke is a marine biologist with over 20 years of experience in research. He obtained his PhD from the University of Bremen, Germany and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Fellow at the University of East Anglia. He is currently the Course Director for Marine Biology at the University of Essex, where he has worked since 2006. His main research interest is the production of biogenic trace gases in marine environments. Other research interest areas include:
- Environmental volatilomics
- Ecology and biogeochemistry of trace gases
- Infochemistry of algae and zooplankton
- Chemodetection of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and isoprene in herbivorous plankton
- Production of trace gases in algae and terrestrial plants
- Sensor technology
Dr Michael Steinke has over 50 publications to his name, including in Nature, Science, PNAS and Scientific Reports.
Prof Richard Thompson, Director of the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth
Prof Richard Thompson obtained his Ph.D. in The Ecology of Epilithic Microalgae from the University of Liverpool, before working at Newcastle University and the University of Southampton. He has over 160 publications including Nature, Science, Current biology (h-index 48). He began working at the University of Plymouth in 2001 as a Reader in Marine Ecology, and then as a professor of Marine Biology. He currently leads the International Marine Litter Research Unit and is Director of the University Marine Institute. He received an OBE in 2017 for his services to Marine Science. His research focuses on three main topics: 1) the effects of plastic debris in the marine environment, 2) modification of coastal engineering, structures such as coastal defences and off-shore renewable energy devices, to enhance biodiversity and 3) the ecology and conservation of shallow water habitats. His research is of considerable relevance to policymakers and in 2013 he presented to the UK House of Commons Select Committee session on water quality and was recently invited to give a keynote presentation on marine debris to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Washington and more recently for international audiences at the OECD in Paris and G7 in Tokyo.
He is a member of the Marine Biological Association, the British Ecological Society and the Society for Research in Higher Education. In addition, he has roles in numerous external bodies.
Prof Claire Reeves, Professor in Atmospheric Science, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
Prof Claire Reeves is an atmospheric scientist whose main interests are in tropospheric ozone chemistry and in halogenated gases that are stratospheric ozone depleting and greenhouse gases. She came to UEA as a student in 1983 and loved it so much that she never left. Initially she studied for a BSc in Environmental Sciences before obtaining a PhD in Atmospheric Science. She was then employed as a researcher for 15 years on various projects and, for a couple of years, was supported by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAS). In 2005 she began a RCUK Academic Fellowship, becoming a Reader in 2010 and subsequently a Professor in 2014. Prof Claire Reeves teaches atmospheric chemistry and is currently the Deputy Head and Director of Research of the School of Environmental Sciences.
She has been a co-author of the UNEP/WMO Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion that are used by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol to amend their controls on ozone depleting substances. In addition, she is on the NCAS Executive Committee and is a member of Defra’s Air quality Expert Group.
Dr Sarah Boulton, Lecturer in Neotectonics, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth.
Dr Sarah Boulton’s PhD research (focussed on unravelling the tectono-stratigraphic development of the Hatay Graben in southern Turkey) led to the development of a new method for calculating fault-slip rate of normal faults based upon river geomorphology (Boulton & Whittaker, 2009). Subsequently, understanding the role of uplift and active faulting on river systems and how we can extract 'tectonics from topography' has become one of her main research focusses with ongoing projects in Turkey, Morocco, Nepal and New Zealand.
Dr Sarah Boulton is currently a lecturer in Neotectonics at the University of Plymouth. She is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a member of the British Society for Geomorphology and the American Geophysical Union, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition, she is the current chair of the South West regional group of the Geological Society and the university representative for the Geological Society, London.
Elizabeth Daly, Senior Consultant at Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd.
Elizabeth has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from UEA and an MA in Environment, Policy and Society from the Open University. She has expertise in environmental economics and policy, particularly in relation to flood and coastal erosion risk management and water quality. Her work has included identifying the benefits of mine water remediation schemes and assessing mechanisms to enable the implementation of natural flood management measures. She is also experienced at evaluation and the use of ecosystem services based frameworks for assessing impacts.
Dr Alex Dickson, Lecturer in Geochemistry, Department of Earth Sciences, RHUL
Dr Alex Dickson is a geochemist with over 30 publications to his name with an interest in understanding how environmental processes impart distinctive geochemical signatures on geological materials. When properly understood, these chemical signatures can be used to trace the evolution of Earth’s environmental systems in the past.
A major theme of his research has been to understand how quickly, and by how much, ocean chemistry can become perturbed during intervals of geologically rapid climate change, and during prolonged intervals of warmer-than-present climate. Ocean chemical changes integrate the global effects of rock weathering, tectonic activity, ocean circulation, temperature changes and biological productivity. The ability to trace ocean chemistry during the geological past is therefore a powerful tool for understanding how these different environmental features interact over time to regulate both the global climate system, and the flora and fauna that inhabit the Earth. Unravelling the complexity of past global chemistry sets the scene for interpreting and managing contemporary environmental systems.
Anthony Hall, Head of Plant Genomics, Anthony Hall Group, Earlham Institute
Anthony Hall received his PhD from the University of Leicester from the Botany Department and has worked as an Arabidopsis molecular geneticist for 18 years, focusing on the field of plant circadian biology. He is now the head of Plant Genomics at Earlham Institute, after moving from the University of Liverpool where he held the Holbrook Gaskell Chair of Botany at the University of Liverpool. Previously, he has been research lead for the Institute of Integrative Biology, Director at the Centre for Genomic Research (CGR) and academic lead of the Liverpool GeneMill (£3.8M investment).
His plant genomics group started in 2009, and has focused on using and developing next generation genetic approaches to address key questions in plant science. In 2010 he was awarded a senior BBSRC research fellowship entitled “Developing Next Generation Genetic Tools for Wheat”. To date he has played a leading role in generating both the first draft wheat genome and epigenome. His group have developed novel strategies for the identification of EMS induced point mutations in Arabidopsis using high throughput sequencing and extended these to wheat. He currently leads three international wheat genomics and epigenetic program grants in collaboration with India, Mexico, Australia, USA and Germany. His groups overarching aim is to understand how domestication, breeding programmes and adaptation has driven the evolution of the crop genomes.
Dr Corinne Whitby, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex
Dr Corinne Whitby obtained her PhD in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Liverpool, and has since held posts as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Universities of Liverpool, and Exeter. She began lecturing at the University of Essex in 2006 and is now a senior lecturer in Environmental Microbiology. Her research interest areas include:
- Microbial nitrogen and carbon cycling.
- Microbial biodegradation of hydrocarbons with a specific focus on naphthenic acid (NA) biodegradation in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
- Impact of nanoparticles on microbial communities in the environment.
- Characterization of microbial communities in bioaerosols.
She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the Vice Chair of ISMOS Technical and Scientific Committee, and the Founder & Co-Organiser of ISMOS.
Tracy Lawson, Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Essex
Prof Tracy Lawson received her PhD in Heterogneity in Stomatal Characters from the University of Dundee before working at the Universities of Nottingham, Essex and the Australian National University in Canberra. She re-joined the University of Essex in 2007 and took up her current position as a Professor of Plant Physiology in 2016.
Her current research interests include:
- Stomatal physiology - focusing on the stomatal control of gas exchange between the leaf and the atmosphere.
- Plant phenotyping – this work has involved development of novel phenotyping tools to screen plant water use efficiency, and dynamic phenotyping for kinetic responses in photosynthesis and stomatal behaviour.
- Cyanobacterial physiology - Oceans play a major role in the global carbon cycle, with about 50% of the Earths photosynthesis each year occurring in aquatic marine environments, representing a major sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). She is interested in the mechanisms that allow photosynthesis and N2 fixation to occur simultaneously in Trichodesmium.
She is Director of the Plant Phenomics Research Facility, University of Essex and Director of Impact, Research Group Convenor (Plant Productivity).
Dr Rosalind Bark, Lecturer in Ecological Economics, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA