Former Members of Jonathan Leake’s Research Group

Former Postdoctoral Research Associates

Dr Achim Schmalenberger 2009-2010
The role of organic acids in mineral weathering by ectomycorrhizal fungi. Funding NERC and WUN Weathering Science Consortium. Now Lecturer at The University of Limerick.

Dr Zoe Davies 2008-2010.
Measurement, Mapping, Modelling, Management (4M): An evidence-based methodology for understanding and shrinking the urban carbon footprint. Quantifying the urban soil and vegetation carbon pools within the city of Leicester (EPSRC SUE2 consortium grant, with Prof. K.J. Gaston). Now Lecturer at The University of Canterbury.

Dr Mark Smits 2006-2008
The role of carbon energy-flow through ectomycorrhizal mycelia in controlling rates of biotic weathering- from nanometre scale to environmental systems. Funding NERC and WUN Weathering Science Consortium. Now at the University of Hasselt, Belgium.

Dr Andrew Adam-Bradford 2007-2008
Grow your own- health risks and benefits of producing and consuming your own food in urban areas. Environment and Human Health Programme Working group project. Funding Joint EHH programme: NERC, Defra, EA, MOD and ESRC. Now holds an interdisciplinary early career fellowship on Urban food production and health risk management at the University of Sheffield funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Dr Mike Pilkington 2004-2007
Impacts of root hemiparasitic plants: regulation of community structure and function (NERC, joint with Prof. M.C. Press and Dr G.K. Phoenix). Now Teaching Assistant, University of Sheffield

Dr Duncan Cameron 2005-2007
Provision of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus by fungal symbionts of orchids. Co-investigator Prof. David J Read, Funding: The Leverhulme Trust.

Dr Mark A. Cohen 2001-2004
Interactions between ectomycorrhizal mycelium and tree-root pathogens in forest soil: impact on tree seedling establishment and mycorrhizal functioning. NERC grant with Prof. Lynne Boddy (University of Cardiff).

Dr David Johnson 2001-2003
Carbon flow through mycorrhizal mycelial systems to soil microbial populations- the impact of microarthropod diversity. Co-investgators: Profs D.J. Read, WP Quick, EMH Wellington (University of Warwick), R.D. Bardgett (University of Lancaster). NERC Soil Biodiversity Thematic Programme.

Dr Gareth K. Phoenix 2000-2003
Long term effects of ambient and simulated N deposition on grassland ecosystems. Co-investigators Profs. John A. Lee, Prof. J. Phil Grime, Prof. David J. Read. NERC GANE Thematic programme.

Dr David Johnson 1998-2001
The effects of mycorrhizal mycelium on the diversity, biomass and functioning of soil microbial communities and its role in carbon and nutrient cycles. Co-investigator Prof. David J. Read, NERC Soil Biodiversity Thematic Programme.

Dr Damian D. Donnelly 1997-2000
Interactions between mycelia of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic wood-decomposer fungi in forest soil. NERC grant with Co-investigators: Prof. David J. Read and Prof. Lynne Boddy (University of Cardiff).

Dr Sheena L. McKendrick 1995-1998
Symbiotic germination, plant development, and carbon supply in selected wholly or initially myco-heterotrophic members of Orchidales, Ericales and Gentianales. NERC grant with co-investigator Prof. David J. Read.

Former Research Technician

Dr Alan Jone
Quantifying the role of plant evolution and CO2 on the long-term carbon cycle through mineral weathering (Jointly with Prof D.J. Beerling and Prof S.A. Banwart). Funding NERC. Now PDRA University of Aberystwyth.

Ben Palmer
Quantifying the role of plant evolution and CO2 on the long-term carbon cycle through mineral weathering (Jointly with Prof D.J. Beerling and Prof S.A. Banwart). Funding NERC. Now permanent Research Technician, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield

Sarah McCormack
Measurement, Mapping, Modelling, Management (4M): An evidence-based methodology for understanding and shrinking the urban carbon footprint. Quantifying the urban soil and vegetation carbon pools within the city of Leicester (EPSRC SUE2 consortium grant jointly with Prof. K.J. Gaston). Now studying for PhD, University of Edinburgh.

Mrs Lillias Bendell 2005-2007
Application of a novel high resolution mass spectrometric imaging technique to elucidate nitrogen and carbon nutrition of orchids. Co-investigators Prof. Mike M. Burell and Prof. David J. Read. NERC small-grant.

Former PhD Students

Dr Odhran O´Sullivan 2005-2008
Nitrogen deposition impacts on vegetation and soil in species-rich grasslands. Funding Defra, Terrestrial Umbrella Contract. Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Plant Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Dr David A Johnson 2003-2007
Specialised root functioning in sedges: physiological activity and ecological significance. Funding NERC quota studentship. Now Contract Research Technician, Univerrsity of Sheffield.

Dr Paul Horswill 2001-2004.
The effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on semi-natural grasslands, and their potential for recovery. Co-supervised by Prof. John A. Lee. Defra Terrestrial Umbrella contract.

Dr Gemma E. Muckle 2000-2003
The functioning of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in land under different agricultural management intensities. Co-Supervised by Dr A.R. Leake. NERC-CASE studentship sponsored by CWS Agriculture and Hydro.

Dr Catriona A. McDonald 2000-2004
The influence of anthropogenic nitrogen pollution upon the structure and functioning of microbial communities in two grasslands. Co-supervised by Prof John A. Lee and Dr Colin D. Campbell at Macaulay Land Use Institute, Aberdeen. NERC CASE studentship.

Dr Trina J. Ames 1996-2000
The effect of long-term simulated N deposition upon vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal functioning in semi-natural grasslands. Co-supervised by Prof. John A. Lee and Dr Colin D. Campbell at Macaulay Land Use Institute, Aberdeen. NERC CASE studentship.

Dr Karl S. Emmerton 1998-2001
Nitrogen nutrition of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants: an investigation into potential causes of differences in plant functional group leaf 15N abundance in high latitude ecosystems. Co-supervised by Prof. David J. Read, Prof. Terry V. Callaghan, Dr Helen Jones (ITE Merlewood), Dr Anders Mitchelsen (Copenhagen).

Dr Stuart Ballard 1997-2000
Dauciform roots in sedges: Their role in plant nutrition and responses to environmental change. Co-supervised by Prof J.P. Grime. NERC Quota studentship.

Dr Richard U. Gianfrancesco 1996-1999
Phosphorus nutrition of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants of upland soils with special reference to the utilization of the phosphodiester DNA under sterile conditions. NERC quota studentship.

Dr David Johnson 1995-1998
Soil microbial biomass and activity and plant nutrition in semi-natural ecosystems subjected to pollutant nitrogen deposition. Co-supervised by Prof. John A. Lee. Funded by The Department of The Environment.

Dr Steven N. Whiting 1994-1998
Metal mobilization and uptake by the zinc hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens J. & C. Presl. Co-supervised by Prof A.J.M. Baker and Prof S.P. McGrath (Rothamstead). BBSRC-CASE studentship.

Former MBiolSci Students

Emily Foss 2009-10.

Gemma Watkinson 2008-9. Parental nurture by orchid mycorrhiza?

Elizabeth Richell 2006-7. Dauciform roots in sedges: their role in organic P acquisition.