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Professor Emma Sayer

Professor in Ecosystem Ecology

Emma Sayer

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 510140

Research overview

My research investigates how ecosystems respond to change. I’m happiest when working in forests but I also make the occasional foray into grasslands. My main research focus lies in determining how interactions between above- and belowground processes affect ecosystem function. I currently work in the UK, Panama and Germany using a wide range of tools borrowed from biogeochemistry, plant-, soil, and microbial ecology. I'm part of the Steering Group of the UK's longest-running climate change experiment and Review Editor for Functional Ecology. I’m also passionate about science communication and public engagement with science. For more details, take a look at http://www.festivalbugs.org

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    Enhanced abundance of generalist and litter saprotrophs explain increased tropical forest soil carbon with long-term nitrogen deposition

    Lu, Z., Li, H., Sayer, E. J., Liu, Z., Li, L., Chen, Y., Qin, G., Li, J., Zhou, J., Huang, X., Zhang, J., Wu, J., Thapa, P. & Wang, F., 31/08/2023, In: Functional Ecology. 37, 8, p. 2282-2296 15 p.

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    Soil carbon dynamics are linked to tree species growth strategy in a naturally regenerating tropical forest

    Wallwork, A., Castro-Trujillo, B., Banin, L. F., Dent, D. H., Skiba, U., Kerdraon, D. & Sayer, E. J., 8/08/2023, In: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 6, 1232694.

    Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

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    Bioavailability of macro and micronutrients across global topsoils: Main drivers and global change impacts

    Ochoa‐Hueso, R., Delgado‐Baquerizo, M., Risch, A. C., Ashton, L., Augustine, D., Bélanger, N., Bridgham, S., Britton, A. J., Bruckman, V. J., Camarero, J. J., Cornelissen, G., Crawford, J. A., Dijkstra, F. A., Diochon, A., Earl, S., Edgerley, J., Epstein, H., Felton, A., Fortier, J., Gagnon, D., & 58 othersGreer, K., Griffiths, H. M., Halde, C., Hanslin, H. M., Harris, L. I., Hartsock, J. A., Hendrickson, P., Hovstad, K. A., Hu, J., Jani, A. D., Kent, K., Kerdraon‐Byrne, D., Khalsa, S. D. S., Lai, D. Y. F., Lambert, F., LaMontagne, J. M., Lavergne, S., Lawrence, B. A., Littke, K., Leeper, A. C., Licht, M. A., Liebig, M. A., Lynn, J. S., Maclean, J. E., Martinsen, V., McDaniel, M. D., McIntosh, A. C. S., Miesel, J. R., Miller, J., Mulvaney, M. J., Moreno, G., Newstead, L., Pakeman, R. J., Pergl, J., Pinno, B. D., Piñeiro, J., Quigley, K., Radtke, T. M., Reed, P., Rolo, V., Rudgers, J., Rutherford, P. M., Sayer, E. J., Serrano‐Grijalva, L., Strack, M., Sukdeo, N., Taylor, A. F. S., Truax, B., Tsuji, L. J. S., van Gestel, N., Vaness, B. M., Van Sundert, K., Vítková, M., Weigel, R., Wilton, M. J., Yano, Y., Teen, E. & Bremer, E., 30/06/2023, In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 37, 6, e2022GB007680.

    Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

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