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Members

CIRRE is led by Professor Jamie Newbold, Dr John Healey, and as well as 61 academic members, CIRRE has a number of directly funded Chairs and Researchers, their contact details and research interests are below.

Name
Email
Organisation Areas of Expertise

Dr Bianca Ambrose-Oji

CAZS Natural Resources

Environmental governance; rural-urban interactions; sustainable development; socio-cultural attachment

Dr Torsten Bossing

School of Biological Sciences

Nervous system development in Drosophila - Drosophila as a model for neurological diseases

Dr Robert Brook

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Sustainable land use, particularly in the tropics, encompassing agronomy, crop physiology, agroforestry, rural development and most recently, effects of urbanization on peri-urban land use.

Prof Peter Brophy

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Resolving the molecular mechanisms underpinning anthelmintic resistance in livestock:  developing functional genomics approaches to support vaccine,  drug  and diagnostic discovery in liver fluke and nematode parasites  of sheep and cattle

Dr Christine Cahalan

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Population genetics of tree species; genetic control of commercially-important traits of tree species, particularly wood properties

Prof Gary Carvalho

email

School of Biological Sciences

Molecular analysis of population structure; use of ancient DNA to study long-term environmental change; evolution of adaptive variation; fisheries genetics and conservation; traceability of fish and fisheries forensics; Molecular Identification, DNA Barcoding and Phylochips

Dr Mike Christie

email

School of Management and Business

Environmental economics, with particular specialisation in the choice modelling and contingent valuation environmental valuation approaches

Dr Simon Creer

email

School of Biological Sciences

Marine meiofaunal biodiversity metagenetics/metagenomics and ecosystem processes, DNA barcoding, mitogenomics and environmental genomics, population genetics and invertebrate ecology/evolution.

Dr Paul Cross
School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography Sustainable development
Prof Tom DeLuca

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Forest ecology, soils and nutrient cycling

Dr Peter Dennis

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Grazing ecology and entomology” to “Upland grazing ecology, role of biodiversity in ecosystem processes and response to environmental change

Prof John Draper

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Development of generic, high throughput phenotyping methodologies, based on global metabolite analysis (metabolomics), from a technology perspective, for use in a range of fields.

Prof Chris Freeman

email

School of Biological Sciences

Enzymology of soil, particularly in wetlands

Dr Javier G. P. Gamarra

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Spatiotemporal scaling of ecological processes; theoretical ecology

Dr Brian Garrod

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

All aspects of tourism and recreation, but focusing particularly on sustainable tourism, ecotourism and heritage tourism

Dr James Gibbons

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Ecological modelling; climate change adaptation and mitigation

Prof Douglas Godbold

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Root biology; forest ecology

Prof Peter Golyshin

email

School of Biological Sciences

Environmental genomics

Dr Gareth Griffith

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Ecology of grassland fungi; cacao pathology;

Dr Dylan Gwynn-Jones

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Interrogation of trophic interactions including insect-plant, plant-plant and plant-decomposition processes.

Prof Will Haresign

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Sheep breeding and reproduction, including development of AI and embryo transfer in sheep, reproductive physiology and the development of breeding schemes

Mr Ian Harris

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Land use planning and environmental risk management, GIS, farm management, agronomy

Dr John Healey

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Ecology and management of forests and agroforestry systems; restoration ecology;

Dr Jan Hiddink

email

School of Ocean Sciences

Marine benthic ecology, focussing on gaining a quantitative understanding of the effect of disturbance (such as exploitation and climate change) on the biodiversity and functioning of marine benthic communities, and how such effects can be mitigated.

Dr Paul Hill

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Plant-soil biology, with particular emphasis on carbon and nitrogen cycling

Dr Neal Hockley
School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography Environmental economics and policy

Dr Mark Hooks

email

School of Biological Sciences

Primary plant metabolism, focussing on the course of seed germination and development. The ultimately aim is to understand the metabolic forces regulating the transition from heterotrophy to autotrophy in plants

Dr Joe Ironside

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Causes and consequences of genetic exchange; exchange between populations through gene flow, exchange between organisms through sex and exchange between genes through recombination.

Mr Penri James

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Utilisation of spreadsheet and database technology as decision making tools for rural businesses

Dr Julia Jones

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Conservation Biology and management of wildlife resources.

Prof Davey Jones

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Plant-soil-microbe interactions; environmental pollution, human pathogens, dissolved organic nitrogen, soil quality, freshwater pollution.

Prof Michel Kaiser

email

School of Ocean Sciences

Ecosystem effects of fishing; sustainable aquaculture; disturbance ecology and socio-economic and biological issues relevant to coastal systems management

Ms Susan Fowler

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Organic farming production methods, environmental and sustainability benchmarking, organic supply chains

Dr Richard Lucas

email

Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences

Use of remote sensing data (e.g., SAR, hyperspectral and lidar) for mapping and quantifying changes in the species/community composition, biomass and structure of tropical and subtropical forests and woodlands (including mangroves) in relation to anthropogenic land use and climate change

Dr Rupert Marshall

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Bird song, sexual selection & molecular ecology; genetic diversity – measurement & maintenance

Dr James McDonald

School of Biological Sciences Environmental microbiology

Dr Morag McDonald

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Soil conservation and fertility, impacts of anthropogenic and natural disturbance on forest ecosystems, restoration forestry, participatory and on-farm research, buffer-zone management, nutrient cycling.

Dr Neil McEwan

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Animal and equine science

Dr John Mulley
email
School of Biological Sciences Developmental genetics and genome evolution

Dr Luis Mur

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Developing understanding of the genetic and biochemical events which influence various forms of resistance to pathogens in plants or how disease conditions are promoted by the invading organisms

Dr Debbie Nash

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Equine reproduction

Dr Simon Neill

email

School of Ocean Sciences

Dynamics of nearshore eddy systems and their role in sediment transport and dispersal. Inter-annual variability of morphological features.

Prof Jamie Newbold

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Understanding and manipulation of gut ecosystems to improve animal productivity while reducing the environmental impact of animal husbandry

Dr Iwan Owen

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Agriculture and land management

Justin Pachebat
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences Microbial genomics

Prof Andrew Pullin

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Developing evidence-based practice in conservation and environmental management

Dr Ian Scott

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Hormonal and developmental responses to environmental stresses in plants, especially the role of salicylic acid in temperature stresses

Dr John Scullion

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Soil ecology and function; remediation of disturbed / contaminated soils; impacts of pollution on biological processes; land use impacts on soil quality; soils and wastes; Soil C – physics interactions

Prof David Shepherd

School of Biological Sciences

Nervous system development in Drosophila

Dr Fergus Sinclair

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Agroforestry

Dr Katherine Steele

email

CAZS Natural Resources

Molecular markers in plants; analysis and selection of quantitative traits; variety authentication; participatory breeding methods.

Prof Chris Thomas

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Spatial and landscape ecology

Dr Vera Thoss

email

School of Chemistry

Ecological and Environmental Chemical Research

Prof Deri Tomos

email

School of Biological Sciences

Growth Mechanics; nutrient and metabolite distribution; pressure sensitive processes; "cell maps" of stressed plant; functional mapping of gene expression at single cell resolution; fine scale mapping of the soil / rhizosphere; metabolomic profiling of fruit and vegatables

Dr John Warren

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Plant ecology with research interests in the maintenance of diversity and enhancement of conservation value particularly within agricultural ecosystems

Dr Nia Whitely

email

School of Biological Sciences

Physiological adjustments to environmental change in aquatic organisms: mechanisms and ecological implications'

Prof Mike Wilkinson

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

Risk assessment studies on the release of genetically modified crops.; cryptic introgression of paternal DNA during parasexual hybridization; novel approaches for genetic characterisation and utilisation of wild germplasm molecular genetics of cocoa

Dr Prysor Williams

email

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Human pathogens (especially E. coli O157) - their survival and activity in different environments; alternative treatment or disposal methods for agricultural and food-production wastes e.g. fallen stock and abattoir wastes.

Prof John Witcombe

email

CAZS Natural Resources

Farmer participation in development of agricultural technologies; participatory plant breeding and participatory varietal selection; plant breeding; marker-assisted selection; agricultural biodiversity

Prof Mike Young

email

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences

post-exponential phase gene expression in several Gram-positive bacteria, including Bacillus and Clostridium; mechanism of action of secreted bacterial growth factors and their applications for TB protection and therapy.

 

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