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Dr Carly Stevens

Senior Lecturer

Carly Stevens

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 510211

Research overview

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


Carly is admissions tutor for undergraduate programmes in Ecology and Conservation.

Carly is currently:

  • associate editor of the European Geosciences Union’s Copernicus journal SOIL
  • associate editor of the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology
  • a review panel member for NERC 


Carly’s teaching includes:


Carly leads an outreach programme called Science Hunters which uses computer games to teach ecology

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