The Team

Project leaders

Professor Jurriaan Ton

  • Professor and ERC Research Fellow
  • Molecular signalling and (epi)genetic basis of priming of plant immunity
  • Ecological impacts and agricultural potential of induced resistance in plants
  • Chemical interactions between plants, microbes, and insects

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Professor Duncan Cameron

  • Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Mircrobes in sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Soils and beneficial microbes
  • Biological chemistry

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Non-academic staff

Timo Blake

  • Controlled Environment and Facilities Manager

Jesamine Hughes

  • Administrative Assistant (Research Support)
  • Jes provides administrative support to the P3 team and assists with knowledge exchange activities and events.

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Greg Oldfield

  • Head of Public Engagement
  • Leads the University of Sheffield Public Engagement and Impact team and supports P3 in related activities.

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Dr Mel Bradford

  • Research Development Manager
  • A member of the University of Sheffield Research Strategy Team.

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Dr Megan Lewis

  • P3 Business Development Manager
  • Meg connects academics with external partners to build collaborations with wide-reaching impact.

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Dale Bavastock

  • P3 Senior Horticultural Research Technician

Research staff

Climate Change

Dr Andrew Beckerman

  • Scaling from behaviour to population dynamics
  • Dynamical consequences of predation risk
  • Food webs and foraging ecology

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Dr David Edwards

  • Impacts of tropical land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Sustainability of logging and agriculture in the tropics
  • Cost-effective conservation within the tropics
  • Interaction of climate and land-use changes on extinction risk

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Dr Gareth Phoenix

  • Impacts of climate change on Arctic plants and ecosystems
  • Plant nutrient acquisition and impacts on carbon and nutrient cycling
  • Nitrogen deposition impacts on ecosystem structure and function

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Dr Janice Lake

  • Plant Physiology and Climate change
  • Climate change mitigation: Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Remediation of industrial land – biomass production

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Dr Karl Evans

  • Agricultural intensification
  • Climate change
  • Clutch size variation
  • Human population density and its relationship with biodiversity patterns
  • Introduced species
  • Species-energy relationships
  • Urbanisation

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Dr Tom Webb

  • Macroecology of marine systems Ecological applications of novel statistical techniques
  • Detecting the human footprint on large-scale ecological patterns
  • Ecological applications of novel statistical techniques

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Professor Charles Wellman

  • Ecophysiology of the earliest land plants
  • Environmental change associated with the origin of land plants and complex terrestrial ecosystems
  • Using spore wall chemistry as a paleo-proxy for terrestrial solar UV-B levels

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Professor David Beerling FRS

  • Mechanisms of climate change in Earth history
  • Biotic evolution and extinction
  • Earth systems science

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Professor Hamish Cunningham

  • Research Chair in Computer Science
  • Open source electronics for monitoring and control of soil-free agriculture
  • Aquaponics for sustainable cultivation and resilient communities

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Professor Jonathan Leake

  • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
  • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
  • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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Professor Lorraine Maltby

  • Freshwater ecotoxicology
  • Adaptation and acclimation to stress
  • Community structure and ecosystem functioning in streams

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Professor Philip Grime

  • Long-term field manipulations of climate at the Buxton Laboratory
  • Analysis of the Bibury Record of year to year variation in vegetation
  • Experimental studies of plant invasion

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Professor Philip Warren

  • The structure and dynamics of food webs; in particular ecological and evolutionary mechanisms determining network structures
  • Community assembly dynamics: the roles of invasion and extinction as drivers of community change
  • Determinants of species richness within and between communities, and effects of species richness on community function

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Professor Terry Callaghan

  • Mechanisms of survival and adaptation in plants to arctic environments
  • Effect of enhanced UV-B radiation on arctic plant communities
  • Climate change impacts on organisms and ecosystems
  • Effect of CO2 concentrations on organisms and ecosystems

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Soil and Soil Biology

Dr Donatella Zona

  • Functioning of a variety of natural and managed ecosystems.
  • Patterns and controls on non-CO2 gasses such as O3, CH4, N2O fluxes.
  • Impact of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and greenhouse gas emission in the Arctic.
  • Mechanisms allowing tundra ecosystems to adjust or avoid environmental stress.

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Dr Ellie Harrison

  • Evolutionary and ecological feedbacks within microbial communities
  • Mobile genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer
  • The impact of rapid evolution on soil ecosystems and plant health

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Dr Gareth Phoenix

  • Impacts of climate change on Arctic plants and ecosystems
  • Plant nutrient acquisition and impacts on carbon and nutrient cycling
  • Nitrogen deposition impacts on ecosystem structure and function

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Dr Stephen Rolfe

  • Imaging plant function
  • The molecular biology of plant pathogen and symbiotic interactions
  • Plant responses to abiotic stress

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Professor David Read

  • Mobilisation of nutrients by ectomycorrhizal fungi
  • Effects of mycorrhizas on interspecific competition in plants
  • Effect of nitrogen deposition on soil processes and mycorrhizas

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Professor Duncan Cameron

  • Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Mircrobes in sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Soils and beneficial microbes
  • Biological chemistry

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Professor Jonathan Leake

  • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
  • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
  • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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Professor Tim Daniell

  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal ecology
  • Microbial nitrogen cycling
  • Free-living nematode dynamics

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Pests, Diseases and Weeds

Dr Ben Webster

  • Identification of semiochemicals mediating insect-host interactions
  • Context-dependent effects of volatile cues on insect behaviour
  • Volatiles mediating muli-trophic interactions between plants, herbivores and their natural enemies
  • Host-switching and phenotypic plasticity in aphids
  • Volatile-mediated plant-plant communication

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Dr Dylan Childs

  • Life history theory
  • Structured population modelling
  • Host-parasite dynamics

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Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

  • Optimization of the induce resistance response to serve as an alternative to pesticide use
  • Emerging and re-emerging crop diseases
  • Genetic variation in the induced resistance response in crops

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Dr Patrik Nosil

  • Mechanisms of species formation
  • Genome evolution
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics

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Dr Stephen Rolfe

  • Imaging plant function
  • The molecular biology of plant pathogen and symbiotic interactions
  • Plant responses to abiotic stress

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Dr Stuart Campbell

  • Adaptive evolution in plant populations
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Chemical ecology of plant defence
  • Plant reproduction

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Professor Jonathan Leake

  • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
  • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
  • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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Professor Julie Gray

  • Antisene gene expression to produce transgenic plants with targeted mutations
  • Understanding mechanisms of plant cell signalling and intracellular communication

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Professor Julie Scholes

  • Molecular plant-symbiont interactions including angiosperm parasites (Striga and Orobanche), fungal pathogens and mycorrhizas
  • Bio-imaging: in vivo imaging of plant and fungal gene expression
  • Molecular microbial ecology of polluted aquifers
  • The role of biotic factors in the survival of tropical rainforest seedlings

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Professor Jurriaan Ton

  • Professor and ERC Research Fellow
  • Molecular signalling and (epi)genetic basis of priming of plant immunity
  • Ecological impacts and agricultural potential of induced resistance in plants
  • Chemical interactions between plants, microbes, and insects

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Professor Michael-Siva Jothy

  • Ecological immunity
  • Sexual conflict
  • Reproductive immunity

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Professor Rob Freckleton

  • Population modelling
  • Large scale ecology
  • Comparative analysis and evolutionary ecology

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Professor Roger Butlin

  • Speciation
  • The paradox of sex
  • Evolution at range margins

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Photosynthesis and Development

Dr Matt Johnson

  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow
  • Investigating the structure, function and dynamics of photosynthetic membranes
  • Determining the molecular basis of how plants respond and adapt to changing environmental conditions

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Dr Pascal-Antoine Christin

  • Evolution of C4 photosynthesis
  • Functional diversification of plants
  • Comparative genomics

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Dr Stuart Casson

  • The mechanisms that regulate plant development
  • Studying the biochemistry and enzymology of pigment biosynthesis

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Emeritus Professor Peter Horton FRS

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable food security
  • Understanding photoprotection in plants
  • Increasing crop yield by optimisation of photosynthesis
  • Analysis of agri-food ecosystems

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Professor Andrew Fleming

  • The molecular mechanism of plant morphogenesis
  • Leaf form and function
  • Developmental physiology and biochemistry

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Professor Colin Osborne

  • Evolution of C4 photosynthesis and its ecological significance in the grasses
  • Plant-atmosphere interactions in the geological past
  • Modern plant-climate relationships

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Professor David Beerling FRS

  • Mechanisms of climate change in Earth history
  • Biotic evolution and extinction
  • Earth systems science

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Professor Julie Gray

  • Antisene gene expression to produce transgenic plants with targeted mutations
  • Understanding mechanisms of plant cell signalling and intracellular communication

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Professor Julie Scholes

  • Molecular plant-symbiont interactions including angiosperm parasites (Striga and Orobanche), fungal pathogens and mycorrhizas
  • Bio-imaging: in vivo imaging of plant and fungal gene expression
  • Molecular microbial ecology of polluted aquifers
  • The role of biotic factors in the survival of tropical rainforest seedlings

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Professor Mike Burrell

  • Plant metabolism and food processing quality
  • Metabolomics and metabolite profiling
  • Starch synthesis and degradation in agricultural crops

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Professor Richard Leegood

  • Environmental regulation of C4 photosynthesis
  • Interactions between carbon and nitrogen metabolism
  • Roles and regulation of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase in plants

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Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics

Dr Andrew Beckerman

  • Scaling from behaviour to population dynamics
  • Dynamical consequences of predation risk
  • Food webs and foraging ecology

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Dr Eran Elhaik

  • Population genetics (biogeography, population structure, DNA reconstruction)
  • molecular evolution (molecular clocks, evolution rates)
  • Genomics (genome evolution, phylogeny)
  • Epigenetics (methylation, gene expression, regulation)
  • Ecology

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Dr Heather Walker

  • Mass Spectrometry Specialist
  • Metabolite Profiling and Metabolomics
  • Understanding metabolism in biological systems

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Dr Karim Sorefan

  • Molecular mechanisms regulating plant development with a focus on linking miRNA and hormonal pathways
  • Developing exploitation of plants in areas of biotechnology and medicine

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Dr Lisa Smith

  • Trade-offs between plant development/growth and defence
  • Roles of carbohydrate-binding proteins in signalling networks
  • Motor proteins in plant development

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Dr Patrik Nosil

  • Mechanisms of species formation
  • Genome evolution
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics

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Dr Stuart Campbell

  • Adaptive evolution in plant populations
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Chemical ecology of plant defence
  • Plant reproduction

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Dr Stuart Casson

  • The mechanisms that regulate plant development
  • Studying the biochemistry and enzymology of pigment biosynthesis

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Professor Andrew Fleming

  • The molecular mechanism of plant morphogenesis
  • Leaf form and function
  • Developmental physiology and biochemistry

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Professor Duncan Cameron

  • Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Mircrobes in sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Soils and beneficial microbes
  • Biological chemistry

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Professor Jon Slate

  • The genetic basis of individual fitness variation
  • Detecting the footprint of natural selection by genome sequence analysis
  • Gene mapping in wild and domestic populations

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Professor Julie Gray

  • Antisene gene expression to produce transgenic plants with targeted mutations
  • Understanding mechanisms of plant cell signalling and intracellular communication

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Professor Julie Scholes

  • Molecular plant-symbiont interactions including angiosperm parasites (Striga and Orobanche), fungal pathogens and mycorrhizas
  • Bio-imaging: in vivo imaging of plant and fungal gene expression
  • Molecular microbial ecology of polluted aquifers
  • The role of biotic factors in the survival of tropical rainforest seedlings

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Professor Jurriaan Ton

  • Professor and ERC Research Fellow
  • Molecular signalling and (epi)genetic basis of priming of plant immunity
  • Ecological impacts and agricultural potential of induced resistance in plants
  • Chemical interactions between plants, microbes, and insects

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Professor Mike Burrell

  • Plant metabolism and food processing quality
  • Metabolomics and metabolite profiling
  • Starch synthesis and degradation in agricultural crops

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Professor Paul Quick

  • The regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in crop plants
  • Metabolomic approaches to solving novel questions in plant metabolism
  • Role of the oxidative pentose phosphate pathway in secondary metabolism
  • Regulation of leaf development by systematic signals

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Professor Roger Butlin

  • Speciation
  • The paradox of sex
  • Evolution at range margins

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Professor Terry Burke

  • Molecular and genomic methods in evolution and ecology
  • Sexual selection and mating systems in vertebrates
  • Population genetics of natural populations

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Modelling and Theoretical Biology

Dr Dylan Childs

  • Life history theory
  • Structured population modelling
  • Host-parasite dynamics

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Dr Eran Elhaik

  • Population genetics (biogeography, population structure, DNA reconstruction)
  • molecular evolution (molecular clocks, evolution rates)
  • Genomics (genome evolution, phylogeny)
  • Epigenetics (methylation, gene expression, regulation)
  • Ecology

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Professor Mark Rees

  • Impacts of plant invaders on communities and ecosystems
  • Management of plant invaders
  • Population and community dynamics

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Professor Rob Freckleton

  • Population modelling
  • Large scale ecology
  • Comparative analysis and evolutionary ecology

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