Professor Phil Ineson

Profile

Career

 

2000 - Professor of Global Change Ecology University of York
1998 - 2000 Visiting Professor University of Lancaster
1996 - 2000 Grade 7 ITE Merlewood
1990 - 1996 Senior Scientific Officer ITE Merlewood
1989 - 1990 NERC Research Fellow ITE Merlewood
1986 - 1989 NERC Research Fellow University of Exeter
1986 PhD University of Liverpool
1982 BSc (1st Class Honours) Biological Sciences Manchester Polytechnic   

 

Research

Overview

The research group has particular interests in the role of soils in global change and in the application of stable isotope approaches to ecological research. Research is varied in scale, ranging from assessments of the carbon fluxes and inventories of terrestrial ecosystems, through to extracting nucleotide sequences from functional groups of soil bacteria. The research has pioneered techniques in the field tracing and measurement of carbon fluxes, and utilises state-of-the-art equipment based in both the laboratory and the field in order to identify and quantify major sources and sinks for the major ‘greenhouse’ gases.

Discoveries

We have pioneered stable isotope approaches to following the pathways and fate of carbon through plant-soil systems, identifying how these will change as the atmospheric CO2 concentration rise and also characterising the organisms involved in processing the carbon in the soil.

Projects

  • Arctic-Biosphere-Atmosphere Coupling across multiple scales (ABACUS) (Funding body: NERC)
  • Carbon cycling in forests: Priming of old soil organic matter through plant derived C input (Funding body: NERC)
  • Ground-based carbon measurement programme: National Centre for Earth Observation (Funding body: NERC Centre of Excellence)
  • Closed system carbon research in the Ecotron (Funding body: NERC)
  • Bug to Big: Tracing methane fluxes from the molecular to landscape scale (Funding body: NERC UKPopNet and English Nature)
  • Unravelling the effects of tropospheric ozone on below-ground processes driving methane and carbon dioxide fluxes (with Prof. Mike Ashmore) (Funding body: NERC)

Research group(s)

StatusNameProject
EU Research Fellow Dr Oleg Menyailo Nitrogen and carbon interactions in forest ecosystems
Post doctoral fellow Dr Jens-Arne Subke Carbon cycling in forests: Priming of old soil organic matter through plant derived C input
Post doctoral fellow Dr Andreas Heinemeyer Ground-based carbon measurement programme: National Centre for Earth Observation
Post doctoral fellow Dr Sylvia Toet Unravelling the effects of tropospheric ozone on below-ground processes driving methane and carbon dioxide fluxes (with Prof. Mike Ashmore)
Research Student Kate Storer Energy crops and trace gas emissions (with Angela Hodge)
Research Student Naomi Voke Carbon priming in forest soils
Research Student James Stockdale Landscape carbon fluxes 
Technician Cat Moody Bug to big project
Technician Rob Holden Bug to big project
Professor Phil Ineson

Contact details

Phil Ineson
Professor
Department of Biology (Area 2)
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 328551