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Area of expertiseNameEmail
A [back to top
Aeropollen Katherine Selby

African cities

Joshua Kirshner
Agricultural systems Sylvia Toet
Air pollution

Nic Carslaw
Sylvia Toet
Sarah West

Air quality impacts Lisa Emberson
Antibiotics Alistair Boxall
Archaeology Rob Marchant
Automated field approaches for greenhouse gas fluxes Sylvia Toet
B [back to top]
Bat ecology Dean Waters
Bat monitoring Joana Cruz
Behavioural assays for birds and fish Kathryn Arnold
Bioaccoustics Dean Waters
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) research programme Laura Harrison
Biodiversity conservation

Joana Cruz
Andy Marshall
Jonathan GreenRachel Pateman
Biodiversity conservation and extinction risk in the sea    
Biogenic gas emissions Claire Hughes
Biogeochemistry Mark Hodson
Bioinformatics Jon Hill
Brownfields (understanding biodiversity and value) Rachel Pateman
C [back to top
Camera-trapping Joana Cruz
Carbon and nutrient cycling in ecosystems Sylvia Toet
Andreas Heinemeyer
Carbon - water cycle Andreas Heinemeyer
Carnivore conservation Joana Cruz
Catchment science Colin Brown
Chemical fate and behaviour Alistair Boxall
Colin Brown
Chemical risk management Alistair Boxall
Citizen science

Alison Dyke
Rachel Pateman
Sarah West
Climate change Richard FriendRoland Gehrels
Rob Marchant
Karen Parkhill
Sylvia Toet
Climate change adaptation and resilience

Richard FriendKaren Parkhill
Climate engineering Karen Parkhill
Coastal environments/geomorphology Roland Gehrels
Katherine Selby
Community engagement Steve Cinderby
Rachel Pateman
Sarah West

Community resilience building Steve Cinderby
Conservation planning

Andy Marshall
Jonathan Green
Conservation science Rob Marchant
Contamination Mark Hodson
Coral Reefs    
Critical zone Mark Hodson
Crop growth modelling Lisa Emberson
Crop physiology Lisa Emberson
Cultural sustainability John Forrester
D [back to top
Daphnia Annika Agatz
Development policies and practice Joshua Kirshner
Development through conservation Rob Marchant
Diatom analysis Katherine Selby
E [back to top
Earthworm ecology Mark Hodson
Ecological-economic modelling Julia Touza
Ecological modelling Annika Agatz
Ecological restoration Andy Marshall
Economics of invasive species Julia Touza
Ecosystem conservation Rob Marchant
Ecosystem health Andy Marshall
Ecosystem services

Andreas Heinemeyer
Laura Harrison
Piran White
Ecotoxicity testing Annika Agatz
Ecotoxicological modelling Benoit Goussen
Ecotoxicology Annika Agatz
Alistair BoxallBenoit Goussen
Mark Hodson
Empowering research processes Richard Friend
Karen Parkhill
Energy (public/stakeholder perceptions, policy) Karen Parkhill
Energy studies Joshua Kirshner
Environmental economics Rosa Mato Amboage
Julia Touza
Environmental education Sarah West
Environmental footprinting Chris West
Environmental risk (public/stakeholder perceptions, policy) Karen Parkhill
Environmental risk assessment Benoit Goussen
Environmental risk assessment of chemicals Alistair Boxall
Environmental sensing Alistair Boxall
EU environmental policy Charlotte Burns
EU Institutions and decision-making Charlotte Burns
Eucalypt plantations impact Joana Cruz
Evaluation Sarah West
Exposure modelling Alistair Boxall
Extractive industry Joshua Kirshner
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Fish biology Bryce Beukers-Stewart

Bryce Beukers-Stewart
Foraging behaviour Kathryn Arnold
Foraminiferal analysis Roland Gehrels
Forests Sylvia Toet
G [back to top
Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry Matt Pickering
Geochemistry Mark Hodson
Geoengineering (public/stakeholder perceptions) Karen Parkhill
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis Steve Cinderby
Joana Cruz
Joshua Kirshner
Jonathan Green
Geographical Information Systems Colin McClean
Glaciology David Rippin
Global Carbon Cyle (terrestrial systems) Andreas Heinemeyer
GPS tags Kathryn Arnold
Grasslands Sylvia Toet
Greenhouse gasses Andreas Heinemeyer
Sylvia Toet
H [back to top
Health and wellbeing Joana Cruz
High performance computing Jon Hill
High performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry Matt Pickering
Historical ecology    
Holocene science
I [back to top
Individual based modelling Benoit Goussen
Individual based population modelling Annika Agatz
Individuals and social systems interface John Forrester
Indoor air quality Nic Carslaw
International development Richard Friend
Ion chromatography Matt Pickering
L [back to top
Land management Sylvia Toet
Andreas Heinemeyer
Latin American cities Joshua Kirshner
Lipid analysis Matt Pickering
Low carbon transitions (public/stakeholder perceptions, policy) Karen Parkhill
M [back to top
Marine biology

Bryce Beukers-Stewart
Marine conservation

Bryce Beukers-Stewart
Marine protected areas

Bryce Beukers-Stewart
Metals Mark Hodson
Methane Sylvia Toet
Microbial biogeochemistry Claire Hughes
Migration studies Joshua Kirshner
Mineralogy Mark Hodson
Mycorrhizal Funghi (soil carbon) Andreas Heinemeyer
N [back to top
Natural Capital Laura Harrison
Jonathan Green
Natural resource economics Rosa Mato Amboage
Nitrous oxide
Numerical modelling Jon Hill
O [back to top
Ocean acidification
Oceans and climate change
Optimization and optimal control Rosa Mato Amboage
Organic geochemistry Matt Pickering
Overseas development Rob Marchant
P [back to top

Katherine Selby
Andreas Heinemeyer
Participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Annemarieke de Bruin
Steve Cinderby
Participatory research methods

Annemarieke de Bruin
Richard Friend
Karen ParkhillSarah West
Peatlands Andreas Heinemeyer
Sylvia Toet
Pesticide fate and behaviour Colin Brown
PIT tags Kathryn Arnold
Plant communities Andreas Heinemeyer
Sylvia Toet
Plant health and biosecurity Alison Dyke
Political ecology Joshua Kirshner
Pollen analysis Katherine Selby
Pollution Mark Hodson
Portuguese language Joshua Kirshner
Poverty, vulnerability and rights Richard Friend
Public engagement Karen Parkhill
Sarah West
Q [back to top
Qualitative methods Joshua Kirshner
Karen Parkhill
Quantitative ecology Joana Cruz
Quaternary science Roland Gehrels
R [back to top
Radio Echo Sounding (RES) / Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) David Rippin
Radio telemetry Dean Waters
Reconstructing sea level
Katherine Selby
Remediation Mark Hodson
Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) David Rippin
Remote Sensing/Earth Observation Lisa Emberson
Risk technologies (public/stakeholder perceptions, policy) Karen Parkhill
Risk assessment Colin Brown
Rural livelihoods Richard Friend
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Salt marshes Roland Gehrels
Sylvia Toet
Sea-level change

Roland Gehrels
Katherine Selby

Sedimentary dynamics Jon Hill
Shellfish biology Bryce Beukers-Stewart
Small-scale fisheries Richard Friend
Social and cultural values of nature Alison Dyke
Social and cultural values of tree landscapes Annemarieke de Bruin
Social systems John Forrester
Socio-technical transitions - with particular focus on energy Karen Parkhill
Software engineering Jon Hill
Soil Carbon Dynamics Andreas Heinemeyer
Soil Moisture deficit modelling Lisa Emberson
Soil Science Mark Hodson
Sylvia Toet
Spanish language Joshua Kirshner
Stable isotope approaches in ecology Sylvia Toet
Stable Isotopes Andreas Heinemeyer
Statistical modelling Joana Cruz
Statistics - SPSS and SAS programmes Joshua Kirshner
Statistics and econometrics Rosa Mato Amboage
Structure from Motion David Rippin
Sublethal effects of contaminants Kathryn Arnold
Supply chains Jonathan Green
Sustainability behaviours Alison Dyke
Sustainability in the agri-food sector Samarthia Thankappan
Sustainability in the automotive sector Samarthia Thankappan
Sustainable agriculture Andreas Heinemeyer
Sustainable consumption and production Jonathan Green
Sustainable development Rob Marchant
Sustainable development and SCP policy and metrics Chris West
Sustainable living (public/stakeholder perceptions, policy) Karen Parkhill
Sustainable seafood Bryce Beukers-Stewart
T [back to top
Terrestrial biogeochemistry Sylvia Toet
Terrestrial carbon fluxes Andreas Heinemeyer
Tidal models Jon Hill
Town and Regional Planning Joshua Kirshner
Toxicodynamics Roman Ashauer
Toxicokinetics Roman Ashauer
Trace chemical analysis Matt Pickering
Tracking wild birds Kathryn Arnold
Tracking wild vertebrates Joana Cruz
Trade and supply chain modelling Chris West
Tropical Ecosystems Rob Marchant
Tropical forest Andy Marshall
Tsunami Jon Hill
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UK/EU Referendum and Environmental Policy Charlotte Burns
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) David Rippin
Urban pollution Alistair Boxall
Urbanisation Richard Friend
V [back to top
Veterinary medicines Alistair Boxall
Vertebrate monitoring Joana Cruz
W [back to top
Water (resource) governance Annemarieke de Bruin
Richard Friend
Water quality Andreas Heinemeyer
Sylvia Toet
Weathering Mark Hodson
Wellbeing and Behaviour Change Steve Cinderby
Wetlands for wastewater treatment (constructed wetlands) Sylvia Toet
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Xenophobia studies Joshua Kirshner
Z [back to top
Zoos Andy Marshall