Anthropogenic Impacts and Environmental Sustainability

Project TitlePartnerProject SupervisorsKeywords
Project TitlePartnerProject SupervisorsKeywords
Genomic tools for great-ape population dynamics and conservation University of Leicester Prof Mark A Jobling/ Dr Celia A May/ Dr Jon H Wetton Conservation, Y chromosome, mtDNA, Great Apes, Evoultion, Population structure, Genomics
Waking the dead: Evolutionary responses of Daphnia spp. to biophysical disruption in tropical lake systems Loughborough University Dr David Ryves/ Dr Luisa Orsini/ Dr Kelly Mills/ Prof John Anderson Uganda, Nutrient dynamics, Resurrection ecology, Evolutionary ecology, Genomics
Droughts and floods in the boreal; inducing flow reversals and biogeochemical hot spots through catchment scale hydrological manipulations University of Birmingham Dr Nick Ketteridge/ Prof. Kevin Bishop/ Prof. Kevin Devito/ Dr Stefan Krause/ Dr Sami Ullah Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, Hydrology, Carbon, Boreal forests
Catastrophe Modelling of UK Storm Surge Risk Loughborough University Dr John Hillier/ Dr Dapeng Yu/ Associate Prof. Gregor Leckebusch/ Dr Martin Widmann/ Prof. Kate Royse Socio-economic risk, Resilience, Climate variability, Environmental hazards
Exploring community-based geohazard response schemes in Gansu, China Loughborough University Dr Tom Dijkstra/ Dr KSenia Chmutina/ Prof. Meng Xingmin Resilience, Recovery, Landslides, Debris flow, Early warning systems, Communication
Enabling wildtype behavioural ecology in captive parrot species University of Birmingham Dr Jackie Chappell/ Dr Susannah Thorpe Behavioural ecology, Psittaciformes, Parrots, Environment, Conservation, Ecological adaptation
Drought Sensitivity of Terrestrial Ecosystems in Europe and North America University of Birmingham Dr. Anne Van Loon/ Dr. Samuel Zipper/ Dr. Claudia Teutschbein/ Dr. Laurent Pfister/ Dr. Nick Kettridge Ecosystems, Drought
Reading the molecular fine print: Ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry and the environmental impact of the Athabasca oil sands industry University of Warwick Mark Barrow/ Gary Bending/ John Headley Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, Oil Sands, Complex mixture
A better understanding of environmental impact through ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry and organic geochemistry University of Warwick Mark Barrow/Christopher Vane Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, Geochemistry, Complex mixture
Can urban air quality be improved through the use of plant associated bacteria? University of Warwick Dr Hendrik Schäfer/ Dr Tijana Blanusa/ Prof. Gary Bending Green infrastructure, Urban green spaces, Phyllosphere microbial communities
Microplastic Contamination: Environmental Impact in Terrestrial Ecosystems The Open University Dr Carl Boardman/ Dr Simon Collinson/ Dr Rachel McMullan Microscopy, Microplastics, Plastic waste, Ecotoxicology, Contamination, Soils, C.Elegans
Monitoring icebergs with the Sentinel-1 satellite for environmental studies in the Arctic The Open University Dr. Armando Marino/ Dr. Mark Brandon/ Nick Walker Icebergs, Remote sensing, Satellites
Looking at forest structure and biomass using radar tomography The Open University Dr. Armando Marino/ Dr. Dimitar Valchev/ Dr. Matt Balme Earth observation, Forestry, Remote sensing
Plant-mycorrhizal associations and response to global change in a species-rich calcareous grassland The Open University Dr. Kadmiel Maseyk/ Dr. Phil Staddon/ Prof. David Gowing/ Prof. Gary Bending Climate change experiments, Drought, Soil-plant interactions, Biodiversity, Conservation
Building the evidence base for the environmental benefits of urban trees with citizen science The Open University Philip Wheeler/ Kadmiel Maseyk Urban trees, Citizen Science, Ecosystem services
Ionometallurgical Processing of Mineral Concentrates University of Leicester Prof Andrew Abbott/ Prof Gawen RT Jenkin/ Dr Daniel Smith Mineral resources
Degradation of plastics: the chemistry and solutions University of Leicester Dr Shengfu Yang/ Prof. Sarah Gabbott Degradation, Free radicals, Plastic wastes, Spectroscopy, Nanoparticles
Iodine volatilisation from the ocean University of Leicester Dr Stephen Ball/ Prof Paul Monks Tropospheric ozone, Halogen Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry
Assessment of ClNO2 as a missing oxidant in the UK atmosphere University of Leicester Dr Stephen Ball/ Prof Paul Monks/ Dr Roberto Sommariva Air pollution, Gas phase processing, Atmospheric Chemistry, Chlorine activation
What can hydrocarbon fingerprints tell us about fracking in organic-rich shales? University of Leicester Prof Sarah Davies/ Prof Paul Monks/ Dr Rob Cuss/ Dr Jon Harrington Organic carbon, Chemistry, Sedimentology, Hydrocarbons, Geomechanics
Epigenetic and genetic effects of long term neonicotinoid exposure on natural populations of the important pollinator, the buff tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. University of Leicester Eamonn Mallon/ Ezio Rosato Epigenetics, Pollinators
Detection of Small Emission Sources from Space University of Leicester Dr Michael Barkley/ Dr Joshua Vande Hey Data Analysis, Air Quality, Earth Observation Science, Atmospheric Chemistry
Exploiting cell-phone signal disturbances for urban flood warning systems in mega-cities University of Leicester Dr Alessandro Battaglia/ Dr Mick Whelan Precipitation, Urban Flooding, Microwave links, Modelling
Uncovering the links between agricultural trace gas emissions and crop productivity University of Leicester Hartmut Boesch/ Joerg Kaduk/ Paul Monks Land surface models, Sustainable agriculture, Greenhouse emissions
Investigating the trace gas emissions of biomass burning in the Earth system University of Leicester Dr Jeremy Harrison/ Prof Martyn Chipperfield/ Prof John Remedios Earth observation, Fires, Biomass buring, Pollution, Atmospheric modelling
Modelling the physical and chemical evolution of pollutants in the complex urban environment. University of Leicester Prof. Roland Leigh/ Prof. Paul Monks/ Antoine Jeanjean/ James Eddy Air quality, Modelling, Dispersion, Computational fluid dynamics
Solar cycle variations in ionospheric Joule heating University of Leicester Prof Steve Milan/ Dr Suzie Imber Solar-terrestrial physics, Atmospheric Physics, Joule heating, Natural hazards
Developing a robust, compact laser-based aerosol sensing system University of Leicester Dr. Joshua Vande Hey/ Prof. Hartmut Boesch Human Health, Climate, Aerosol, Air pollution, Organic geochemistry, Laser sensing, Lidar
Solar energy input from the Earth’s magnetosphere to its atmosphere University of Leicester Dr Darren Wright/ Prof Tim Yeoman Solar Terrestrial Physics, Plasma Physics, Upper Atmosphere, Natural hazards, Climate change
Investigations of atmospheric gravity waves with SuperDARN University of Leicester Prof. T. K. Yeoman/ Prof. S. E. Milan superDARN, Atmospheric gravity waves, Atmospheric coupling, Climate
Assessing the deforestation pressure of oil palm expansion in the Brazilian Amazon: the role of smallholder production and prioritization of deforested areas for cultivation University of Leicester Dr Kirsten Barrett/ Prof Sue Page/ Dr Polyanna Bispo/ Dr Mary Menton/ Dave Fox Remote sensing, Amazon, Deforestation, Oil Palm, Sustainable development, Yield estimation
Climate change impacts on subsistence agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa – an exploration using data assimilation with the JULES land surface model. University of Leicester Dr Joerg Kaduk/ Dr Darren Ghent Food security, Sub-saharan Africa, Climate change impacts
Improved understanding of nitrous oxide “hot-spot” dynamics in upland soils University of Leicester Dr Mick Whelan/ Dr Joerg Kaduk/ Dr Laura Cardenas/ Prof. Dave Chadwick Uplands, Hotspots, Nitrous Oxide
Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; drones) for mapping vegetation patterns and processes on peatlands. Loughborough University Dr Jonathan Millett/ Dr David Graham Plant community
Microplastics as conduits of flame retardants in birds feeding on landfills University of Birmingham Dr Mohamed Abdallah/ Dr S. James Reynolds/ Dr Kim Fernie Gulls (Laridae), Persistent organic pollutant, Waste, Avian Ecology, Bioindicators, Microplastics, Biomonitoring
Air flow through Heterogeneous Woodlands and its role in global CO2 uptake University of Birmingham Xiaoming Cai/ Rob MacKenzie/ Rick Thomas CO2 exchange, CFD, LES modelling, BiFoR, Woodland, Sonic Data, Forest canopy turbulence
Next generation winter road maintenance forecasts using data from the Internet of Things University of Birmingham Prof. Lee Chapman/ Dr Simon Bell Nowcasting, Winter road maintenance, Internet of things
Uncertainties of Severe Extra-tropical Storms under Anthropogenic Climate Change University of Birmingham PD Dr GC Leckebusch/ Dr M Widmann Climate Change, Extreme events, Extra-tropical cyclones, Uncertainty
Global air quality impact of the interaction between forests and air pollution. University of Birmingham Dr Eloïse A. Marais/ Dr Francis Pope/ Prof. Jason Surratt/ Dr. Yue Zhang UNC Chapel Hill, Forests, Aerosols, Numerical modelling, Chamber studies
Does forest structure hold the key to understanding forest carbon uptake? University of Birmingham Dr Tom Pugh/ Dr Martin De Kauwe/ Prof Michael Tausz/ Prof Rob MacKenzie Forest, Carbon cycle, CO2, Climate change, Ecology
Temperate forest nitrogen availability, carbon uptake and future climate change University of Birmingham Zongbo Shi/ Liz Hamilton/ Iain Hartley Climate Change, Free air CO2 experiment, Phosphorus cycling
Visibility, air pollution and public health in an African urban context University of Birmingham Dr Francis Pope/ Prof. Neil Thomas Africa, Air quality, Air pollution, Visibility, Public health
Hot stuff? Evaluating the human exposure hazard presented by land contaminated with organic flame retardants University of Birmingham Professor Stuart Harrad/ Dr Mohamed Abdallah/ Dr Christopher Vane Chemical contaminants, Pollution, Soil, Human exposure assessment; in vitro techniques
Total Atmospheric Emissions from the Biosphere University of Birmingham Dr William Bloss/ Dr Louisa Kramer Air pollution, Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Science
Resurrecting ghost ponds to fight loss of aquatic biodiversity University of Birmingham Dr Luisa Orsini/ Dr Carl Sayer Daphnia, Biodiversity, Freshwater, Human impact, Restoration, Conservation, Keystone species
Microbiome mediated resiliency of freshwater habitat University of Birmingham Dr Luisa Orsini/ Prof James Brown/ Prof Peter Lund Evolution, Daphnia, Microbiome, Fitness, Metagenomics, Transriptomics
Predicting the fate of resistance genes, plasmids and hosts in mixed communities University of Birmingham Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft/ Prof Elizabeth Wellington Plasmid transfer, Fitness cost, Antimicrobial resistance, Individual-based modelling
Hydrological response to agricultural land degradation in the Lesser Himalayas University of Birmingham David Hannah/ Harry Dixon/ Sumit Sen/ Stefan Krause/ Julian Clark Mountain Hydrology, Land use change, Sensors, Migration, Himalayas, Ecohydrology
The fate of microplastics accumulating at groundwater-surface water interfaces University of Birmingham Prof. Stefan Krause/ Prof Iseult Lynch/ Prof. Greg Sambrook Smith/ Dr Dan Lapworth/ Prof. Daren Gooddy Microplastics, bisphenol-A, Streambed, Endocrine disruptor
Disentangling the synergistic effects of habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species on biodiversity: an holistic approach to global environmental change research University of Birmingham Tom Matthews/ Jon Sadler Ecology, Climate Change, Biogeography, Biodiversity, Invasive species, Macroecology, Global Environment change
Human alteration of the nitrogen cycle: Implications for denitrification and nitrous oxide emission from forest soils University of Birmingham Dr Sami Ullah/ Prof. Stefan Krause/ Dr Nick Ketteridge/ Dr Laura Cardenas/ Dr Swanne Gontharet Greenhouse emissions, Greenhouse gases, Forest soils, Nitrous oxide, Soil quality, Atmospheric Deposition, Dentrification
Seeing cells as they are: single cell ICP-MS investigations of nanoparticle cellular uptake & distribution University of Birmingham Prof Éva Valsami-Jones/ Prof Iseult Lynch/ Benjamin Fryer nanoscale processes, nanomaterial, single cell ICP-MS
Global change impacts on water and vegetation cycles University of Birmingham Joshua Larsen water, energy, vegetation
Crop health monitoring from advanced airborne hyperspectral sensing University of Leicester Hartmut Boesch, EOS, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester & Heiko Balzter, CLCR, Dept. of Geography, University of Leicester