Person

Prof Trevor York

Research interests include:

- Applications of industrial process tomography: pressure filtration, polymerisation, solid-state fermentation, product ageing, fluidised beds, soil monitoring

- Electronic systems design - analogue and digital electronics, DSP, software

- Processing of tomographic data in software and hardware: 3D finite element modelling with EIDORS 3D to yield 3D image reconstruction.

Keywords: 
Engineering, Filtration, Fermentation, Soil, Monitoring, Environment, Production, Economy, Electric and electronics, Energy supply, Energy, Information technology, Sound, Evaluation, Networks, Instrumentation

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 Nicholas Bryan

The main research area of my group is Environmental Chemistry, and in particular, the interaction of radionuclides with natural systems. Current projects involve the study of the interaction of these elements with natural colloids, including humic substances. Colloids have a high affinity for many pollutants, and can act as a vector for their migration in the environment. Lab experiments are used to study sorption and desorption mechanisms, and are backed up by work involving real samples from the field.

Keywords: 
Environment, Chemistry, Metals, Pollution, Nuclear energy, Radioactivity, Energy, Soil, Water, Geology, Waste, Impact, Nuclear waste, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Clare Robinson

Research interests: (1) Structure and function of fungal communities in soils and plant litter, (2) Biogeochemistry of Arctic and Antarctic soils, (3) Techniques to characterise the structure and function of the soil microbial community.

Keywords: 
Soil, Biology, Geology, Environment, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Trees, Plants, Biodiversity

Group

Upland Environments Research Unit

The Upland Environments Research unit is a group of five staff and ten research students working in the School of Geography at the University of Manchester. The groups research interests span Geomorphology, Hydrology, Palaeoecology, and Remote Sensing with a thematic focus on Upland Environments. The group has experience of working in North America, South East Asia, and Europe. A particular focus of current work are the threatened and globally distinctive uplands of the southern Pennines where the group maintains a continually monitored research catchment.

Keywords: 
Water, Geography, Environment, Soil