Professor John Lee

School of Biosciences

Emeritus Professor

  • BSc (1964) PhD (1967) University of Sheffield
  • Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Botany, University of Manchester (1967-88)
  • Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Manchester (1988-94)
  • Head of Department of Environmental Biology, University of Manchester (1986-93)
  • Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sheffield (1994-present)
  • Chairman of the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (1995-2002)
  • Dean of the Faculty of Pure Science, University of Sheffield (2002-2005)
Research interests

Research focuses on plant responses to pollutant deposition and the effects of global change on ecosystem processes. This includes studies of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on semi-natural grasslands, heathlands and bogs in the UK and the effects of increased temperature, elevated CO2 and enhanced UV-B radiation on arctic heathlands. The latter continues a long-standing research interest in the adaptations of plants to growth in extreme environments.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Ecology, Plant Ecology, Journal of Bryology, Environmental Reviews
  • Associate Editor: Global Change Biology
  • President: British Ecological Society (1996-97)
  • President: International Association of Ecology (1998-present)
  • NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Programme Development Committee (Chairman 1998-2003)
  • NERC Life Sciences Community Stable Isotope Committee (Chairman 1995-2000)
  • Council Member of the National Trust (1999-present)
  • Evaluator for the Belgium Government's Federal Office for Scientific and Cultural Affairs Scientific Programme on Global Change and Sustainable Development (1996 and 2000)
  • Evaluator for The Netherlands Darwin Research Grant Awards (2003-2006)
  • Association of Universities in the Netherlands Review Panel for the assessment of research quality in biology (1999)
  • Academy of Finland Environmental Grants Panel (2004)
  • Consultant To The Washington Advisory Group (2004)
  • British Ecological BES Award (2004)
Plenary Lectures
  • Italian Ecological Society Annual Meeting (1997)
  • UN-ECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Critical Loads Conference (1999)
  • Eco-Summit, Beijing (2007)