Senior Lecturer in Environmental Ecology
I research the ecological (plant and soil) responses to atmospheric nitrogen pollution and am jointly responsible for the management of 2 field-based nitrogen (N) addition experiments (Lowland Heath and Upland heath) and involved in several more including Acid Grassland and Bog habitats. I co-led the DEFRA Funded Terrestrial Umbrella survey which aimed to understand ecosystem responses to atmospheric pollution in key semi-natural habitats across a climatic gradient, and played a key role in a number of governmental reports, which fed into policy development. In 2015-2016 I completed a NERC Policy Fellowship with the Environment Agency, which aimed to understand how we can more effectively legislate for the effects of N pollution at our protected sites. Part of this was a critical review and gap analysis of the use of dynamic modelling to better understand the temporal component of N pollution; interpreting the relationship between N, different response metrics and conservation outcomes and interpretation of Science Reports as part of the Environmental Permitting process of UK coal-fired power stations.
I represent MMU on the Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership and also lead their Technical Steering Group. I am currently leading a work-package on the ERDF funded ‘Care-Peat’ project with responsibility to write restoration plans for several degraded peatland sites and develop a UK Sphagnum 'Carbon' farm with project partners.
My area of expertise focusses around plant community and soil responses to environmental change, principally that driven by anthropogenic nitrogen (N) pollution. I have skills in plant ID, field and lab methods, project management and statistical analysis of large survey datasets.I also have a strong interest in ecosystem recovery from pertubation and have been involved in peatland and moorland restoration for over 10 years. I am a member of the Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership Steering Committee.I also research how atmospheric nitrogen pollution affects soil processes such as turnover of organic matter, carbon sequestration, carbon losses.
RJ. Payne, C. Campbell, AJ. Britton, RJ. Mitchell, RJ. Pakeman, et al. (2019). What is the most ecologically-meaningful metric of nitrogen deposition?. Environ Pollut. 247, pp.319-331.
TP. Higginbottom, CD. Field, AE. Rosenburgh, A. Wright, E. Symeonakis, et al. (2018). High-resolution wetness index mapping: A useful tool for regional scale wetland management. Ecological Informatics. 48, pp.89-96.
RJ. Payne, NB. Dise, CD. Field, AJ. Dore, SJM. Caporn, et al. (2017). Nitrogen deposition and plant biodiversity: past, present, and future. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 15(8), pp.431-436.
CD. Field, CD. Evans, NB. Dise, JR. Hall, SJM. Caporn (2017). Long-term nitrogen deposition increases heathland carbon sequestration. Science of the Total Environment. 592, pp.426-435.
L. Jones, C. Stevens, EC. Rowe, R. Payne, SJM. Caporn, et al. (2017). Managing for nitrogen, the lesser of two evils. A response to Maes et al. Biological Conservation. 212, pp.495-496.
EC. Rowe, L. Jones, NB. Dise, CD. Evans, G. Mills, et al. (2017). Metrics for evaluating the ecological benefits of decreased nitrogen deposition. Biological Conservation. 212, pp.454-463.
L. Jones, C. Stevens, EC. Rowe, R. Payne, SJM. Caporn, et al. (2017). Can on-site management mitigate nitrogen deposition impacts in non-wooded habitats?. Biological Conservation. 212, pp.464-475.
CD. Field, NB. Dise, RJ. Payne, AJ. Britton, BA. Emmett, et al. (2014). The Role of Nitrogen Deposition in Widespread Plant Community Change Across Semi-natural Habitats. Ecosystems. 17(5), pp.864-877.
RJ. Payne, SJM. Caporn, CD. Field, JA. Carroll, JL. Edmondson, et al. (2014). Heather Moorland Vegetation and Air Pollution: A Comparison and Synthesis of Three National Gradient Studies. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. 225(7),
LJ. Sheppard, ID. Leith, T. Mizunuma, S. Leeson, S. Kivimaki, et al. (2014). Inertia in an ombrotrophic bog ecosystem in response to 9 years' realistic perturbation by wet deposition of nitrogen, separated by form. Glob Chang Biol. 20(2), pp.566-580.
GE. Southon, C. Field, SJM. Caporn, AJ. Britton, SA. Power (2013). Nitrogen Deposition Reduces Plant Diversity and Alters Ecosystem Functioning: Field-Scale Evidence from a Nationwide Survey of UK Heathlands. PLoS ONE. 8(4),
LJ. Sheppard, ID. Leith, SR. Leeson, N. Van Dijk, C. Field, et al. (2013). Fate of N in a peatland, Whim bog: Immobilisation in the vegetation and peat, leakage into pore water and losses as N
CD. Field, LJ. Sheppard, SJM. Caporn, NB. Dise (2013). The ability of contrasting ericaceous ecosystems to buffer nitrogen leaching. MIRES AND PEAT. 11,
MS. Carter, KS. Larsen, B. Emmett, M. Estiarte, C. Field, et al. (2012). Synthesizing greenhouse gas fluxes across nine European peatlands and shrublands-responses to climatic and environmental changes. Biogeosciences. 9(10), pp.3739-3755.
RJ. Payne, AM. Thompson, V. Standen, CD. Field, SJM. Caporn (2012). Impact of simulated nitrogen pollution on heathland microfauna, mesofauna and plants. European Journal of Soil Biology. 49, pp.73-79.
CD. Evans, CL. Goodale, SJM. Caporn, NB. Dise, BA. Emmett, et al. (2008). Does elevated nitrogen deposition or ecosystem recovery from acidification drive increased dissolved organic carbon loss from upland soil? A review of evidence from field nitrogen addition experiments. Biogeochemistry. 91(1), pp.13-35.
T. Higginbottom, C. Field, R. Keane, A. Wright, L. Jones, et al. From Space to Eye Lens: Monitoring protected sites with Earth Observation: Combining field data with CASI and Sentinel imagery. Manchester Metropolitan University, Natural England.
SJ. Caporn, CD. Field, . Payne, R, . Dise, et al. (2016). Assessing the effects of small increments of atmospheric nitrogen deposition (above the critical load) on semi-natural habitats of conservation importance. Natural England, Natural England.
. Jones, L, . Hall, J, . Strachan, et al. (2015). Developing a decision framework to Attribute atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition as a threat to or cause of Unfavourable habitat condition on Protected sites 'AND-UP'. Report to JNCC, JNCC.
E. Rowe, L. Jones, CJ. Stevens, M. Vieno, AJ. Dore, et al. (2013). Measures to evaluate benefits to UK semi-natural habitats of reductions in nitrogen deposition. Final report on REBEND project. Report to DEFRA Defra tender reference: AQ0823., DEFRA`.
. Banin, Lyndsay, . Dise, NB, . Bealey, et al. Review of site-specific impact assessment approaches and tools for the protection of terrestrial habitats from Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) process contributions. SEPA, Draft report to SEPA under contract RAD015..
J. Hall, CD. Field, C. Stevens, I. Leith, L. Sheppard, et al. (2012). Air Quality Risk Assessment and SSSI Survey project: To refine the understanding of air quality risk assessments (based on modelling) and site specific responses to atmospheric ammonia pollution. Report to Natural England itt_183-23875, Natural England.
SJ. Caporn, NB. Dise, A. Britton, B. Emmett, CD. Field, et al. (2010). Terrestrial Umbrella Work Package 3 Final Report: Indicators of N deposition and its ecological impact. DEFRA, DEFRA.
EU Interreg-NW Programme: Carbon loss reduction from peatlands: an integrated approach. Project budget €6.2M (€399.5K award value to MMU). 2019-2022. PI
Innovate UK/BBSRC Sphagnum Farming UK Pilot project £499K (£220K award value to MMU) (2018-2019). Co-I
Monitoring protected sites with Earth Observation: Combining field data with CASI and Sentinel imagery. Collaborative Project with Natural England, Phase 1 £18.5k 2017, Phase 2 £8k 2018. PI.
Evidence review of the impact of solar farms on birds, bats and general ecology.Collaborative Project with Natural England. 2015. £3k Co-I.
Developing a regional scale wetland network. Collaborative Project with Natural England. £8k. Co-I.
NERC Policy Fellowship (2015-2016) Impact of atmospheric pollutants on the current and future status of protected habitats (£58k). PI.
Mapping and assessing pink-footed goose Anser brachyrhynchus usage of land beyond SPA boundaries in northwest England. A collaborative project between Natural England and Manchester Metropolitan University. £10k Co-I.
JNCC A decision framework to attribute atmospheric nitrogen deposition as a threat to or cause of unfavourable habitat condition on protected sites. (2014-2015). (£2.5k to MMU) Co-I