Professor David J Beerling FRS

Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation logoProf Dave Beerling

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4359

Email : d.j.beerling@sheffield.ac.uk

Personal Assistant: Debbie Hill 
Email: d.hill@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0090



Career/appointments

2016-present Director, Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M)
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

2014 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society

2009–2014 Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder

2002 Appointed to a Personal Chair, University of Sheffield

2008–2009 Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar (Yale University)

2001–2003 Philip Leverhulme Prize holder

1994–2002 Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

1990–1993 Postdoctoral research associate (×2, NERC, EU)

1990 PhD (botany), University of Wales, College of Cardiff

1987 Honours Botany, University of Wales, College of Cardiff


Key Research Interests

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I am the founder and Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, a premier international Centre for carbon dioxide removal, funded through a Leverhulme Research Centre award in 2015 (£10 million) from the Leverhulme Trust. We focus on the biogeochemical improvement of agricultural lands with natural and artificial silicates. A notable early achievement has been our establishment of a network of long-term field sites across three continents assessing carbon capture with diverse agricultural ecosystems and possible co-benefits for soil health and yields, alongside engagement with the public, NGOs and stakeholders.

Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M)    www.lc3m.org     @lc3m_cdr



Selected Professional Activities (since 2010)

2018-present Editor-in-Chief, Biology Letters
2017-2018 Member, Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies Work Group, Royal Society-Royal Academy of Engineering
2017 Member, Steering Committee, Royal Society and National Academy of Sciences Sackler Forum
2013-2015 Royal Society Newton International Fellowship Board
2011-2012 Series Consultant, BBC2 Television, How to Grow a Planet
2009-2012 Board of Advisors, Annals of Botany Plants (Oxford University Press)
2007-2011 Scientific Steering Committee, NERC/WUN Weathering Science Consortium
2008-2010 ARC-NZ Network for Vegetation Function, Working Group 50: Stomata and Climate Change
2000-2003 NERC, Atmospheric Sciences Peer Review Committee
2014 Editorial Board, Royal Society Open Science
2013 Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) Scientific Programme Committee
2012 Advisory Group, Society of Experimental Biology
2011 Origins of C4 grasslands Working Group, National Evolutionary Synthesis Centre (Durham, NC)
2011 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Working Group: Climate Sensitivity
2010 NASA/GISS (New York) Working Group: Climate sensitivity in the Anthropocene


Selected Invited Lectures (since 2010)

2019 PLENARY. Gordon Research Conference Carbon Capture and Utilization, Switzerland
2018 PLENARY. FWO 90th Celebration, Antwerp
2018 COP24, Katowice, Poland
2018 University of Toronto, Global Change Seminar Series
2018 University of Dalhousie, Earth Science Seminar Series
2018 PLENARY. New Phytologist Future of Plant Science, Nancy, France
2018 John Innes Friday Seminar, John Innes Centre, Norwich
2017 Sackler Forum, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall
2017 Decarbonizing the UK economy, Royal Society, London
2017 PLENARY. New Phytologist Next Generation Scientists, John Innes Centre, Norwich
2016 Negative emissions, Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco
2014 PLENARY. Geochemistry at the Earth's Surface, Paris, France
2014 PLENARY. Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO Congress, Dublin, UK
2014 KEYNOTE GRC CO2 assimilation from genome to biome, New Hampshire, USA
2013 HOLDEN BOTANY LECTURE, University of Nottingham, UK
2013 PLENARY. 16th International Congress of Photosynthesis, St Louis, Missouri, USA
2012 KEYNOTE. Society for Experimental Biology, Salzburg, Austria
2012 THE ROTHAMSTED LECTURE, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden
2011 PLENARY. 4th Annual Journée d'Ecologie Toulousaine Symposium, INRA, Toulouse, France
2011 KEYNOTE. Centenary Symposium, British Ecological Society (Journal of Ecology)
2011 PLENARY. Darwin Centre for Biogeosciences, Netherlands
2011 PLENARY. South African Association of Botanists Annual Conference, Rhodes University, USA
2010 PLENARY. 25th New Phytologist Symposium, Bristol, UK


Research Group

Graduate Students

Amy Lewis (ACCE DTP, 2018-2022) Enhancing the soil carbon sink: towards defining and quantifying new stabilising mechanisms
email: allewis2@sheffield.ac.uk

David Rapley (Grantham Scholar, 2017-2021) Rice, rocks and the parasitic weed Striga, Increasing sustainable cereal production and protection in sub_saharan Africa
email: dpwrapley1@sheffield.ac.uk

Eunice Oppon (2016-2020) Enhanced rock weathering supply chain life cycle sustainability
email: epoppon12@sheffield.ac.uk

Mike Kelland (NERC, 2015-2021) How to cool the planet and save coral reefs by 2100: Experimental investigations of enhanced weathering as a geoengineering CO2 removal strategy
email: mekelland1@sheffield.ac.uk

Research Staff

Dr Binoy Sarkar (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M
email: b.sarkar@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Dimitar Epihov (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M
email: d.z.epihov@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Euripides Kantzas (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M 
email: e.kantzas@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Lyla Taylor (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M 
email: l.l.taylor@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Maria Val Martin (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M
email: m.valmartin@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Mark Lomas (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M
email: m.r.lomas@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Peter Wade (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M email: p.w.wade@sheffield.ac.uk

Technical Support

Dr David Johnson (Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award) Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation - LC3M
email: dave.johnson@sheffield.ac.uk



Undergraduate Teaching

My research interests are generally reflected in my undergraduate graduate teaching through the following level 3 and level 4 modules:

  • 1. Co-ordinator and lecturer on Level 3 Module APS313 Global Change
  • 2. Co-ordinator and lecturer on Level 4 Module APS407 Research and Study Skills in Biology

Level 3 and 4 undergraduate Research Projects in my lab have investigated plants responses to past, present and future atmospheric CO2 concentrations and CO2 effects on functional aspects of early land plant partnerships with mycorrhizal fungi.


Selected Publications

Books

Beerling, D.J. (2019) Making Eden. How plants transformed a barren planet. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Beerling, D.J.
(2007) The Emerald Planet. How plants changed Earth´s history. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Beerling, D.J. & Woodward, F.I. (2001) Vegetation and the terrestrial carbon cycle. Modelling the first 400 million years. Cambridge University Press.

The Emerald Planet by David Beerling

Praise for The Emerald Planet

'My favourite non-fiction book this year'
Oliver Sacks, Book of the year, The Observer

'A gorgeous book about plants'
Steven Poole, The Guardian

'Wonderful'
Paul Falkowski, Nature

Making Eden by David Beerling

Praise for Making Eden

'Scholarly, highly readable and passionate account'
Phil Gates, BBC Wildlife

'A wonderful study'
Barbara Kiser, Nature

'This book does exactly what David Beerling promises in the sub-title'
Richard Deverell, Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew



2012 BBC Two television series: How to Grow a Planet

How to grow a planet imageThe Emerald Planet presented a closely argued case for recognizing the role of plants in shaping Earth’s history and formed the basis of a major three-part BBC Two television series, How to Grow a Planet, presented by Iain Stewart.

Professor Beerling acted as the Scientific Consultant.

The series considerably enhanced public awareness of this emerging scientific theme, attracting average viewing figures of 1.7 million.


Edited Volumes (2007-2012)

Beerling, D.J. (editor) (2012) Atmospheric CO2 and the evolution of photosynthetic eukaryotes: from enzymes to ecosystems [thematic issue]. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B367, 477-629.

Beerling, D.J. (editor) (2009) Coevolution of photosynthetic organisms and the environment [special Issue]. Geobiology, 7, 97-264.

Beerling, D.J., Hewitt, C.N., Pyle, J.A. & Raven, J.A. (editors) (2007) Trace gas biogeochemistry and global change [discussion meeting]. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, A365, 1627-1954.

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