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Environment and Ecology

The Faculty of Life Science's Environment and Ecology research theme (Directed by Prof Richard Preziosi) focuses on applied research that addresses 21st century environmental challenges.

The food we eat, the water we drink, and the fuel that powers our industries are all dwindling resources that we harvest from the world around us. As our populations expand and natural areas are converted to farmland and cities, we lose the services that nature provided for free.

Keywords: 
Environment, Ecology, Biology, Biodiversity

Person

Mr Tony Small

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

The Mechanical and Energy Team is responsible for specifying, developing and overseeing the utilities infrastructure.

The team has to balance the requirements of reducing energy and utilities consumption in line with agreed (legal and best practice) targets, while providing a suitable environment for University activities to be undertaken.

Keywords: 
Engineering, Conservation, Biodiversity, Environment, Energy

Person

Dr Prasenjit Banerjee

My research is motivated by interdependencies between human behaviour and mechanisms/institutions designed for environmental protection. I do game theoretic modelling and experimental work.My work includes conservation and management of natural resources, behavioural impact on environmental policies, designing mechanism/institutionfor environmental protection, and environmental regulation. I also look at philosophical and behavioural underpinnings of valuation of environmental goods.

Keywords: 
Behaviour, Environmental policy, Engagement, Conservation, Biodiversity, Environment, Impact, Policy, Standards, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Management, Resources

Person

Dr Rachel Webster

Member of the university's Biodiversity group. Works at Manchester Museum's Herbarium.

Keywords: 
Plants, Biology, Sustainability, Climate, Climate change, Environment, Biodiversity

Person

Prof Richard Preziosi

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

I have a strong interest in conservation biology and field course teaching and I have taught on field courses for over 10 years. Much of my field work is done in the neotropics as part of conservation and development projects. I am a certified Senior Ecologist (ESA) and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

Keywords: 
Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Genetics, Biology, Trees, Biodiversity, Water, External engagement, Community, Conservation, Environment, Fieldwork, Teaching, Education, Development, Sustainability

Person

Dr Rob Young

Research interests:

- Sustainable development

- Environmental science

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Development, Economy, Environment, Biodiversity, Water, Resources, Management, Health, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Noel Russell

Noel’s specific research interests include the economics of agricultural policy, biodiversity and ecological services, sustainable intensification, sustainable farming, and environment and agricultural development.

Keywords: 
Agriculture, Economy, Rural studies, Biodiversity, Environment, Sustainability, Food, Development, Teaching, Education

Person

Ms Nicola Walker

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Nicola discusses The Whitworth Art Gallery's green roof here.

Keywords: 
Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Biodiversity

Person

Dr Mohammad Rahman

I am primarily interested in plant physiology in terms of plants’ responses and interactions with the environment. I am especially keen to work on gas-exchange (photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration) and also resource-use efficiency across environmental gradients.

While doing my PhD I have investigated the effect of urban trees on adapting our cities to the urban heat island by measuring their growth and transpiration across environmental gradients. I have also attempted to carry out comparative ecophysiological studies on simulated changed climatic scenarios. 

Keywords: 
Cities, Biodiversity, Trees, Climate, Management, Environment, Resources, Sustainability, Mitigation, Urban heat island, Climate change, Resilience, Soil, Plants, Transpiration

Person

Dr Michael Bane

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Michael runs The University of Manchester's Bike User Group; he has also received a Green Impact Award.

High end computing expert in optimising applications and training provision; project planning and management. Consultant giving strategic input for UoM plans on using IT/ICT to reduce Carbon footprint, reducing IT's footprint and showcasing positive environmental change. 

Keywords: 
Computer science, Information technology, Environment, Biodiversity, Mathematics, Cycling, Green travel, Transport, Crime and security

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