Dr Jill Edmondson

School of Biosciences

EPSRC Living with Environmental Change Fellow

+44 114 222 0065

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Dr Jill Edmondson
School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN


  • 2016-present EPSRC Living with Environmental Change Fellow
  • 2015 – 2016 NERC Researcher Co-investigator
  • 2008 – 2015 EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 2003 – 2007 PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2001 – 2003 Marine GIS Officer - Countryside Council for Wales
  • 2000 – 2002 MSc, Environmental Management for Conservation and Recreation, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 1997 – 2000 BSc, Natural Environmental Science, University of Sheffield
Research interests

My interdisciplinary research aims to address the challenge of improving the sustainability and resilience of ecosystems, with a focus on urban and agricultural systems.  I have a particular interest in the interaction between soils, plants and the ecosystem services they provide to a growing global population.  

Urban horticulture

My research addresses the current and future potential of urban horticulture to make a contribution to local and national food security. This includes growing at a household level in gardens and allotments and using controlled environment agricultural systems in grey infrastructure.  I am also interested in the ecosystem service co-benefits of growing food, from soil quality to health and wellbeing.  As part of this research I run a national-scale citizen science project called Measure Your Harvest (MYHarvest.org.uk), that works people to collect long-term home grown crop yield data. My research also addresses the bioavailability of urban soil pollutants to fruit and vegetable crops and potential risks to human health. I work closely with local authorities and NGOs to deliver this applied research.

Soil and vegetation carbon budgeting

I have developed methods for soil carbon budgeting in complex urban ecosystems in both greenspaces and beneath greyspaces.  I am really interested in the role of black carbon in soil carbon storage and sequestration. 

Understanding the urban forest

Trees have been demonstrated to contribute disproportionately to ecosystem service provision in cities and towns but we have less understanding of how the unique combination of pressures in the urban environment, e.g. pollution and encasement in greyspace, affect their health and resilience to future climate change.  My research addresses both the role of urban trees in provision of ecosystem services e.g. heat island mitigation and carbon storage, and the effects of urban pressures on tree health and resilience at a species specific scale and the consequences for ecosystem service provision.


Journal articles

Teaching activities

At level 1 I teach on APS124 (Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change). I give guest lectures in the Geography Department on GEO115 (Environmental Change and Society).

At level 2 I teach and co-ordinate APS277 (Careers for Biologists) that helps students explore the career paths open to biology graduates. I am developing a level 2 Urban Ecosystems fieldcourse starting in the 2021/2022 academic year.

At level 3 I teach and coordinate APS358 (Topics in Modern Ecology) which is designed to engage students with some of the big questions in modern ecology by studying recent literature. I also supervise level 3 dissertations in topics relating to urban ecology, land-use change and agricultural systems.
I have supervised MRes students on projects involving urban horticulture and urban ecosystem service provision.