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Jess Adams: CEH

Jessica Adams is a recent graduate from Lancaster University with a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree. Having developed a particular interest in soil biogeochemistry and the sustainable future of bioenergy, she is now a member of the CEH Lancaster team, working as a field and laboratory assistant contributing to the soil and vegetation sampling and analyses from sites across the UK.

Emily Bottoms: CEH

Dr Emily Bottoms was a Research Associate at CEH Lancaster. Her role within the ELUM project was to coordinate and conduct the monthly soil greenhouse gas measurements from Miscanthus, SRC willow and an arable crop at the Lincolnshire network site. Her role also includes supporting other network sites at Southampton and Aberystwyth.

Milo Brooks: CEH

Milo Brooks is a Field Instrument Engineer based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK. He specialises in using renewable energy systems to power remote data logging systems, , configuring telemetry systems for downloading sensor data, and designing electronic circuits for custom applications. For ELUM, he maintained a flux tower for measuring H2O and CO2 fluxes at the Lincolnshire network site using eddy covariance methods.

Eric Casella: Forest Research

Dr Eric Casella is an ecophysiologist at Forest Research, in the Centre for Sustainable Forestry and Climate Change, working on quantifying and understanding carbon, nitrogen and water cycles at both the stand (SRC/SRF) and the forest ecosystem scales and related links to global climatic change. He uses empirical and process-oriented modelling tools to study the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and related processes across environmental gradients in the UK. Within the ELUM consortium Eric contributed to WP2 (chronosequence sampling) and WP4 (modelling and planning (GIS) framework for land-use change).  

Donna Clarke: Southampton

Dr Donna Clarke is an ecologist and has worked on sustainable bioenergy systems. She is assisting Dr Rob Holland with the Ecosystem Services analysis in Work Package 1.

John Clifton-Brown: Aberystwyth University

Dr John Clifton-Brown is project leader of the Miscanthus Breeding Programme at IBERS Aberystwyth University with expertise in Miscanthus breeding, ecophysiology, climate change impacts and modelling.

Carina Convery: Forest Research

Carina Convery works as Technical Support Officer for Forest Research and runs the operation of field sites for the ‘Managing forest carbon and greenhouse gas balances’ programme, provides technical support to PhD students and other staff in a number of research programmes, including fieldwork, equipment maintenance and sample preparation. Carina was the site manager of the East Grange experimental platform for land use change to forestry. Within the ELUM consortium she contributed to WP2 (soil chronosequence sampling) and WP3 (measurement of soil carbon dynamics and GHG emissions). 

Marta Dondini: Aberdeen

Dr. Marta Dondini is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Aberdeen and worked on the Modelling and Spatial tool Development in WP4 of ELUM. The main objective of her work was to use process-based models to integrate experimental results using data from WP1-3 and to improve process description in the models. In her PhD work at the Trinity College of Dublin Marta investigated the potential of bioenergy crop Miscanthus to sequester carbon in the soil under the supervision of Prof. Mike Jones. Her main research interests involve investigating how carbon storage in soils will be altered by land use change to bioenergy plantations and in partitioning soil into fractionations that match theoretical pools in soil C models.

Julia Drewer: CEH

Dr Julia Drewer is a Research Scientist based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK. Her research experience is in measuring and interpreting biosphere-atmosphere-exchange fluxes of trace gases such as greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O) and ozone depleting gases (methyl halides and VOCs) and the cycling of nitrogen and carbon in ecosystems. Her research focuses on natural ecosystems (peatland, salt marsh, woodland) and managed ecosystems (grassland and bioenergy crops). In ELUM she measured greenhouse gas fluxes from a willow plantation and annual arable crops in Scotland using eddy covariance and static chamber methods.

Janet Dutch: Forest Research

Dr Janet Dutch works in the Managing forest carbon and greenhouse gas balances programme. Currently her particular role is to look at the effects of stump harvesting on site carbon dynamics, and particularly the effects such disturbance has on greenhouse gas emissions.

Dafydd Elias: CEH

Dafydd Elias is a Soil Scientist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, UK. He is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh in Environmental Geoscience and has a particular interest in soil biogeochemistry, soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas fluxes, peatland ecology and the sustainable development of Bioenergy. His role on the ELUM project included regular fieldwork to collect soil samples from a UK wide network of sites (Willow, Miscanthus, and Short Rotation Forestry) soil processing, analysis of soil pH, particle size, C-N, PLFAs δ13C, data management and general maintenance of scientific instruments such as LECO Truspec CN and Picarro CRDS isotopic Analyzer.

Jonathan Evans: CEH

Dr Jonathan Evans is primarily a micrometeorologist applying the Eddy Covariance (EC) technique for field-scale measurements of CO2 and CH4 fluxes and scintillometry for large scale evaporation and sensible heat flux. He has extensive experience of leading field measurements for large projects across multiple sites and managing their protocols and datasets, e.g. for the Arctic ABACUS project, and is responsible for the CEH online FluxMet database. Current work focuses on lowland peat and agricultural water and GHG budgets and urban controls on GHG fluxes, water and energy budgets using EC and scintillometry (up-scaled fluxes).

Zoe Harris: Southampton

Zoe Harris has undertaken her PhD as part of the ELUM project. She lead the Work Package 1 literature review and meta-analysis of the impacts of land use transitions to bioenergy crops on soil-based processes. She also contributed to Work Package 3 activities including developing the soil-based assessments of greenhouse gases at the Sussex field site, as well as assisting the implementation of the eddy flux systems.

Rob Holland: Southampton

Dr Rob Holland is an expert in ecosystem services. He is leading the review work in Work Package 1 to assess the likely impacts of land use change to bioenergy on ecosystem services beyond those related to greenhouse gas balance.

Ben Keane: York

Ben was a PhD student at the University of York under the supervision of Professor Ineson. He investigated the trace gas fluxes from bioenergy crops in comparison to those of conventional arable crops. As part of ELUM he was involved in developing novel greenhouse gas technology in order to measure net ecosystem exchange of trace gases from large vegetation such as Miscanthus x giganteus.

Aidan Keith: CEH

Dr Aidan Keith is a Soil Ecologist based at CEH Lancaster, UK. His research focuses on land-use impacts on biodiversity and soil processes across spatial and temporal scales, and he has a great interest in understanding how land-use change may shape ecosystem service trade-offs. Much of his work has focused on agricultural extensification and forest regeneration thus leading to an interest in bioenergy transitions. His involvement in national soil surveys in Ireland and in the UK lends extensive experience across agricultural & semi-natural systems, in coordinating and conducting large-scale sampling campaigns, and in the statistical analysis of resulting datasets. As part of the ELUM team he conducted the paired site and chronosequence soil sampling of field sites across the UK (WP2).

Alice Massey: Aberystwyth

Alice Massey was a PhD student at Aberystwyth University, working on the ELUM project. Alice previously studied for her BSc in Environmental Science at The University of Reading which included a summer placement investigating Environmental change in the Somerset Levels. For her PhD and as part of the ELUM project, Alice investigated the impact of different Miscanthus genotypes on greenhouse gases and soil carbon in order to determine if above-ground plant development impacts below-ground activities.

Jon McCalmont: Aberystwyth

Dr Jon McCalmont used eddy covariance in ELUM to investigate the effects on atmospheric COcycling in the transition from semi-improved forage grassland to a Miscanthus energy crop. He completed this PhD work in 2014 and is currently a post-doctoral research assistant at Aberystwyth University. This followed a BSc in conservation and countryside management completed as a mature student after a career in forestry. 

James Morison: Forest Research

Dr James Morison coordinates research on climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation, in particular for British forests. He leads the Forest Research programme on Managing forest carbon and greenhouse gas balances, which through measurement and modelling identifies processes affecting the sources and sinks of GHG in forest stands, C stocks within forests and how management affects them. The programme co-funded FR's participation in the ELUM consortium, understanding the GHG balance of short-rotation forestry (SRF) crops as a source of biomass, including land use change.
James has worked on climate change impacts on plant growth for over 30 years, with faculty positions at Universities of Essex (Reader in plant environmental physiology) and Reading (Lecturer in agricultural meteorology), prior to joining FR in 2008. Within the ELUM consortium James contributedg to WP2 (soil chronosequence sampling) and WP3 (measurement of soil carbon dynamics and GHG emissions).

Caitriona Murray: Southampton

Dr Caitriona Murray provided the technical support for the project at Southampton University, including contributing to successful field work operations and laboratory analysis of field samples.

Kim Parmar: CEH

Kim Parmar was a PhD student at CEH Lancaster and the University of Edinburgh. Her research was focused on soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas exchanges and soil organic matter stability, following land use change to bio-energy crops, with a particular focus on short rotation forestry. Her work involved measuring greenhouse gas flux potentials from soils under different tree species, within the ELUM project.

Clare Peters: Edinburgh

Clare is the laboratory manager and research technician in the UK Biochar Research Centre, within the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and supported Edinburgh Universitys contribution to ELUM. Clare has a research background in geophysics, with degrees awarded by the University of Edinburgh. .

Mark Pogson: Aberdeen

Dr Mark Pogson is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Aberdeen, working in the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He is responsible for developing a software package to predict soil carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes caused by converting land to grow bioenergy crops in the UK. The software package includes a graphical user interface to control a meta-model, which will be based on the ECOSSE soil model and findings from the ELUM project. The package is designed to be accessible to non-specialist users, and will facilitate comparison of different land use changes. Mark has previously developed a software package for Shell to predict crop yields, and has also modelled room acoustics and biochemical signalling.

Mark Richards: Aberdeen

Dr Mark Richards is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Aberdeen with a broad interest in environmental and ecological modelling. In ELUM he worked on the development of the spatial modelling of land use change effects on greenhouse gas fluxes across the UK.

Rebecca Rowe: CEH

Dr Rebecca Rowe is a Research Scientist based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster, UK. Her research experience is in the environmental impact of land use change to energy crops (Willow SRC and Miscanthus) including impacts on biodiversity and life cycle analysis of GHG emissions. For ELUM she was involved in planning, conducting and analysing the paired site and chronosequence soil sampling of field sites across the UK (WP2).

Victoria Stokes: Forest Research

Dr Victoria Stokes is a research scientist working on the Alternative Management Approaches and the Regeneration and Sustainable Silviculture programmes at Forest Research. Since 2003 she has carried out research into adaptation of forests and forest management to climate change, long-term yield impacts of vegetation control, and factors affecting establishment and growth of tree seedlings. Within the ELUM consortium she contributed to WP2 (soil chronosequence sampling) and WP3 (measurement of soil carbon dynamics and GHG emissions).

Matthew Tallis: Southampton

Dr Matthew Tallis undertook research primarily in Work Packages 3 and 4. He lead the establishment of the Sussex netowrk site deploying two eddyflux systems – one over a semi-improved grass and a second over a crop of SRC willow. In WP4 he established the ForestGrowthSRC process-based model for SRC growth and yield and linked this to ECOSSE for modelling soil carbon stock changes and soil GHG emissions following planting of SRC.

Elena Vanguelova: Forest Research

Dr. Elena Vanguelova provides scientific leadership of Soil Sustainability Research as well as contribution to the Intensive Monitoring of Forest Ecosystems in Europe, Climate Change and Forest Carbon and GHG projects. Research in soil sustainability aims to ensure that forest practices do not compromise soil function, and investigating the effects of pollutant deposition and climate change on soils in order to support sustainable forest development. Within the ELUM consortium Elena contributed to WP2 (soil chronosequence sampling) and WP3 (measurement of soil carbon dynamics and GHG emissions).

Louise Walker: CEH

Louise Walker is a Field and Laboratory Assistant based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, UK. Her research experience includes; analysis of soil carbon and nitrogen stores, quantification of gas fluxes and plant trait analysis.

Matthew Wilkinson: Forest Research

Matt works on a number of projects focussed on the mitigation and adaptation of forests and woodlands to climate change, he also manages the Straits eddy covariance flux site. The site is one of only 3 long-term carbon flux monitoring stations in woodland in the UK. Within the ELUM consortium Matt contributed to WP3 (measurement of soil carbon dynamics and GHG emissions).

Sirwan Yamulki: Forest Research

Dr. Sirwan Yamulki is a leader of forest GHG flux measurement projects within the FR's programme on Managing forest carbon and greenhouse gas balances. His main research areas focus on monitoring, quantifying and elucidating the impact on GHG balance of: forestry, forest and land management, afforested and restored peatland and to providing evidence to support the development of policy and guidance. He also works on development of modelling and methodology for TDL-based CO2, CH4 and N2O eddy covariance system for stand-scale flux measurements. Within the ELUM consortium Sirwan contributed to WP3 (measurement of soil carbon dynamics and GHG emissions).
 

This project was commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute

energy technologies institute

The ELUM Consortium is led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and includes the following organisations:

  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Southampton
  • Forest Research
  • Aberystwith University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • The University of York