Research Group

Ecology and Environmental Microbiology Group

Global biodiversity and by association ecosystem functioning is rapidly changing in response to changes in environmental and climatic conditions.

Understanding the ecological mechanisms behind these changes and providing clear management and policy recommendations are among the great challenges of the 21st century.

We are actively addressing this challenge across all levels of biological organisation (from genes to ecosystems) and across taxonomic groups (from microbes to macro-organisms).

To facilitate this, our research group of core academics focuses on four broad themes: Biodiversity (including microbial), Climate and Environmental Change, biogeochemical cycling, and environmental biotechnology.

Funding and Facilities

We have an extensive network of national and international collaborations through projects funded by the NERC, BBSRC, EU FP7/H2020, Earthwatch and industry.

We have also been involved in several responsive projects and many major large directed research programmes from NERC , including: Ocean Acidification, Macronutrient Cycling, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability, Environmental Microbiology and Human Health.

Our research is supported via state-of-the-art laboratory and facilities infrastructure and continuously produces high impacting papers covering the broad range of research fields.

Working with Business

We offer many ways for you to access our expertise (.pdf), including consultancy, collaborative and commissioned research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

These are some of the current and recently completed projects and programmes which are collaborative with and sponsored by industry:

  • The oil industry - Oil Plus Ltd, Shell, BP, Syncrude
  • Forestry Research - Forestry Commission (Forest Research)
  • Fisheries - CEFAS, Colchester Oyster Fishery
  • UK Government - Defra and the Environment Agency
  • Waste water treatment companies - Severn Trent
  • Defence industry - BAE Systems
Contact us
Dr Dawn Farrar Research Manager