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Professor Carly Stevens

Professor in Plant Ecology and Soil Biogeochemistry

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 70 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 is academic director of the Waitrose Collaborative training parnership. Carly’s current research projects include:

  • NERC funded Impacts of climate-driven evolution on plant-soil interactions and ecosystem functioning
  • Nutrient Network
  • Hypermetabolic N’: exploring the social life of nitrogen in UK agroecologies


Carly is director of postgraduate research programmes.

Carly is currently:


Carly’s teaching includes:

  • Second and third year undergraduate course in ecology as part of the LEC BSc degree schemes
  • Leading a field based Masters course on vegetation survey as part of the Master’s level programme
  • Leading a massive open online course on soil


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

  • Published

    Nothing lasts forever: Dominant species decline under rapid environmental change in global grasslands

    Wilfahrt, P. A., Seabloom, E. W., Bakker, J. D., Biederman, L., Bugalho, M. N., Cadotte, M. W., Caldeira, M. C., Catford, J. A., Chen, Q., Donohue, I., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Haider, S., Heckman, R. W., Jentsch, A., Koerner, S. E., Komatsu, K. J., Laungani, R., MacDougall, A., Martina, J. P., & 22 othersMartinson, H., Moore, J. L., Niu, Y., Ohlert, T., Venterink, H. O., Orr, D., Peri, P., Pos, E., Price, J., Raynaud, X., Ren, Z., Roscher, C., Smith, N. G., Stevens, C. J., Sullivan, L. L., Tedder, M., Tognetti, P. M., Veen, C., Wheeler, G., Young, A. L., Young, H. & Borer, E. T., 1/11/2023, In: Journal of Ecology. 111, 11, p. 2472-2482 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

  • Published

    The positive effect of plant diversity on soil carbon depends on climate

    Spohn, M., Bagchi, S., Biederman, L. A., Borer, E. T., Bråthen, K. A., Bugalho, M. N., Caldeira, M. C., Catford, J. A., Collins, S. L., Eisenhauer, N., Hagenah, N., Haider, S., Hautier, Y., Knops, J. M. H., Koerner, S. E., Laanisto, L., Lekberg, Y., Martina, J. P., Martinson, H., McCulley, R. L., & 10 othersPeri, P. L., Macek, P., Power, S. A., Risch, A. C., Roscher, C., Seabloom, E. W., Stevens, C., Veen, G. F., Virtanen, R. & Yahdjian, L., 19/10/2023, In: Nature Communications. 14, 1, 6624.

    Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

  • Published

    Multidimensional responses of grassland stability to eutrophication

    Chen, Q., Wang, S., Borer, E. T., Bakker, J. D., Seabloom, E. W., Harpole, W. S., Eisenhauer, N., Lekberg, Y., Buckley, Y. M., Catford, J. A., Roscher, C., Donohue, I., Power, S. A., Daleo, P., Ebeling, A., Knops, J. M. H., Martina, J. P., Eskelinen, A., Morgan, J. W., Risch, A. C., & 11 othersCaldeira, M. C., Bugalho, M. N., Virtanen, R., Barrio, I. C., Niu, Y., Jentsch, A., Stevens, C. J., Gruner, D. S., MacDougall, A. S., Alberti, J. & Hautier, Y., 11/10/2023, In: Nature Communications. 14, 1, 6375.

    Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

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