University of Essex - School of Biological Sciences

University of Essex - School of Biological Sciences

The Ecology and Environmental Microbiology Group provides solutions in marine science and marine applications.

We address global biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in response to changes in environmental and climatic conditions. Understanding the ecological mechanisms behind these changes and providing clear technology, management and policy recommendations are among the great challenges of the 21st century.

We are actively addressing this challenge across all levels of biological organisation (from genes to ecosystems) and across taxonomic groups (from microbes to macro-organisms).

To facilitate this, our research group of core academics focuses on four broad themes:

• Biodiversity (including microbial)
• Climate and Environmental Change
• Biogeochemical Cycling, and
• Environmental Biotechnology.

Funding and facilities

We have an extensive network of national and international collaborations through projects funded by the NERC, BBSRC, EU FP7/H2020, Earthwatch and industry.

We have also been involved in several responsive projects and many major large directed research programmes from NERC , including: Ocean Acidification, Macronutrient Cycling, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability, Environmental Microbiology and Human Health.

Our research is supported via state-of-the-art laboratory and facilities infrastructure and continuously produces high impacting papers covering the broad range of research fields.

Contact Information
Director / Head: 
Professor Christine Raines
School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Switchboard Number: 
+44 (0)1206 874074

Consultancy Services and Products

Working with business Dr Beverley Wilkinson