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Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Carly is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist with an interest in how global change is impacting on our environment. In particular she is interested in how atmospheric nitrogen deposition is impacting on ecosystems and how they function

Published research
Carly’s work includes over 50 peer reviewed journal papers (see link above), including a paper on how atmospheric nitrogen deposition is reducing plant species richness in the UK which was published in Science in 2004 and has been cited more than 450 times. Since then she has published several other papers in high impact journals such as Science and Nature.

Carly’s research touches on a number of aspects of global change with a focus on how ecosystems are impacted.

Carly has received funding for her research from a range of organisations including:
Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC),
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Leverhulme Trust
Current research
Carly’s current research projects include:
NERC funded Temporal variation in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (T-BESS)
Nutrient Network
Lancaster University funded Building a tree-scape of sulphur pollution in China
USGS funded Evidence for shifts in plant species diversity along nitrogen deposition gradients: a first synthesis for the United States


  • –present
    Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University