The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) spans the physical, biological and social environmental sciences. A total of £35M in capital investment since 2004 has provided LEC with state-of-the-art controlled environment facilities, specialised laboratories and cutting-edge equipment to allow integrative studies of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems.
Prof. Philip Barker
Phil addresses big environmental questions using the ecology and chemistry of microscopic organisms. His focus is on using diatoms and stable isotope methods to explore changes in climate, biogeochemical cycling and water quality changes. Phil has been conducting studies in the Lake District for 15 years examining water quality and ecological changes in lakes and rivers by exploring the stable isotope properties of diatom frustules to develop tools for reconstructing past climates, nutrient cycles and to show changes in freshwater carbon cycling.
Dr Ben Surridge (LU PI)
Ben is a biogeochemist with 10 years research experience focussed on phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon cycling in freshwater and soil ecosystems. His current research includes the development of a stable oxygen isotope tracer to understand phosphorus sources and metabolism in the environment and the use of statistical models to analyse geochemical, physical and biological process interactions within freshwater ecosystems.
Dr Peter Wynn
Peter is an isotope geochemist, with particular interest in carbon, sulphur and nitrogen biogeochemical cycling. His work in this field has addressed nitrogen and sulphur cycling through Arctic ecosystems, the impact of sulphur acifdification on forest ecosystems and the cycling of carbon through glaciers with a specific focus on methane biogeochemistry. He leads the stable isotope facility within LEC.