Dr Kelly Redeker

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2008 - Lecturer Department of Biology, University of York
2006 - 2007 Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry and Physics, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro Arkansas USA
2002 - 2006 Post-doctoral researcher Queens University, Belfast Northern Ireland
2002 PhD Earth System Science with emphasis in Atmospheric Chemistry University of California, Irvine
1999 MS Earth System Science with emphasis in Atmospheric Chemistry   University of California, Irvine
1992 BS Chemistry and BS Oceanography University of Washington  



We examine multiple aspects of the soil-plant-atmosphere system for exchange of nitrogen, sulfur, chlorine, bromine and iodine. The volatile forms of these gases are involved in all of the most important climate change issues, from global warming to global cooling to ozone formation and loss. The lab is focused on examining the atmospheric and environmental impacts of changing the way we manage land (e.g. the impact of increased demand for biofuels). We utilize growth chamber and greenhouse grown plants to identify the parameters that are most important in controlling the emissions of these important trace gases. An understanding of the enzymatic and genetic drivers that produce the emissions of interest is also required.


We have developed the methodology to pursue an intensive study of microbial diversity within forested soils and how changes in this community affects fluxes of trace gases to the atmosphere. We have identified differences in thermal adaptation between Arabidopsis ecotypes in the secondary metabolism process that generates methyl halides.


  • Small Scale Variability in Microbial Diversity and Activity (Funding body: UKPopNet)
  • Formation of a collaborative network (between Biology, Chemistry and Environment and Geography departments) to examine land use change within the Humber Estuary (Funding body: -)

Research group(s)

PhD Student Leda Cai Saltmarsh restoration: the shift from a terrestrial to a marine ecosystem
PhD Student Pierre-Alain Van Griethuysen An irresistible fragrance? The effect of Tobacco Rattle Virus on root volatile emissions
Postdoctoral Research Associate Tim Doheny-Adams Establishing biofumigation as a sustainable replacement to pesticides for control of soil-borne pest
Dr Kelly Redeker

Contact details

Dr Kelly Redeker
Department of Biology (Area 2)
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 328560