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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.

Global changes in climate alter species ranges, causing the loss of some species and allowing pathogens and parasites to colonise new areas and new host populations. From laboratories to rain forests, researchers in the Environment and Ecology research theme are working to meet these challenges and improve our quality of life while sustaining the natural world around us.

We have active research programmes in ecology, emerging and re-emerging diseases, biodiversity, bioarchaeology and palaeobiology, water security, conservation biology, and food security.

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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 Jon Pittman

Jon Pittman is a Lecturer in the Cellular Systems Section of the Faculty of Life Sciences. He is also the Programme Director for the Plant Science and Cell Biology BSc degrees.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Climate, Climate change, Water, Waste, Agriculture, Rural studies

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Prof Maynard Case

Former Associate Vice-President for Compliance, Risk and Sustainability (2006-2012), Prof Case has extensive experience of the challenges and opportunities faced by universities as they seek to become more sustainable.

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Climate, Climate change, Universities, Engagement, Communication

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Dr Patrick Gallois

There are many situations in a plant’s life when self-destruction of some cells is required. This may happen to create empty spaces inside tissues or when energy needs recycling for new growth or when a scorched earth policy is required to stop the progression of a pathogen. These situations occur during e.g. the germination of seeds, the differentiation of vascular elements, the reproduction and the senescence of plants and under pathogen attack. In all cases, a precise and spatially confined activation of cell death is required and can only been achieved by a complex genetic control.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Biotechnology, Sustainability, Environment, Plants, Food, Resilience, Agriculture, Teaching, Education

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Dr Simone Turchetti

I am interested in exploring the history of contemporary science and technology, especially in connection with the emergence of ‘big science’ and the development of international relations. I am pursuing an independent and interdisciplinary research programme which aims at providing a novel picture of the relations existing between the scientific community, the diplomacy and the intelligence agencies, especially during the post-WW2 period and the Cold War years.

Keywords: 
History, Education, Climate change, Climate, Sustainability, Teaching, Geology, Physics, Tectonics

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Dr Caroline Bowsher

Plants unlike animals have the ability to produce their own food via Photosynthesis. This process takes part in the green parts of a plant – manly in the leaves. Photosynthesis produces carbohydrates, such as starch, and other important food products such as amino acids, proteins and fats. The chemical reactions producing these compounds are catalysed by enzymes found in a part of the cell called the chloroplast.

Keywords: 
Plants, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Dr Geoff Robson

Research interests: 

Role of extracellular phospholipases in the pathogenicity of the human opportunistic pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus; Programmed cell death in filamentous fungi; Colonisation and biodeterioration of man-made materials.

Keywords: 
Biodeterioration, Carbon, Waste, Materials, Ecology, Environment, Climate, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Dr Giles Johnson

Global climate change is resulting in changing weather patterns. For the UK, it is predicted that we will get warmer wetter winters and hotter drier summers. At the same time, there will be an increase in the frequency of extreme weather, including periods of droughts and heat waves, but also more storms and floods. This, combined with growing demand for food across the world, means that agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges. The crops used by farmers will have to change.

Keywords: 
Climate, Climate change, Carbon, Weather, Agriculture, Rural studies, Plants, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environment, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Dr Keith White

I am interested in understanding and managing the water quality and ecology of urban watercourses, including preventing the formation of potentially harmful ‘blooms’ of blue-green algae. Work with an industrial partner is examining the relationship between past and present water quality and the changes in the ecology of Salford Quays – a restored and redeveloped dock system near Media City, Greater Manchester.

Keywords: 
Metals, Water, Pollution, Waste, Mining, Ecology, Environment, Plants, Biology, Animals, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Dr Anil Day

Keywords: 
Genetics, Biotechnology, Biology, Plants, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Dr Jenny Rowntree

I am an evolutionary ecologist and am interested in the role and maintenance of biodiversity, both within and among species and the provision of ecosystem services. Around campus, I have an interest in urban ecology and conduct research on plant-pollinator interactions in urban environments and the assessment and importance of urban biodiversity.

Keywords: 
Biodiversity, Urban ecology, Species interactions, ecosystem services, Applied research, Conservation, Engagement