Dr Ali Birkett

Research Coordinator

Research Overview

As Research Coordinator for Lancaster Environment Centre I have the privilege of providing communications, events and administrative support to the researchers of this large interdisciplinary department. This includes arranging conferences and seminar series; working as an interface with the press office; increasing departmental impact and profile including managing website and social media content; researching new opportunities; and celebrating successes. In a research setting I am personally fascinated by how organisms interact within an ecosystem, how they respond to environmental change, and the consequences that these responses might have for the wider world. I am especially keen on being out in the field, and live in my hiking boots as much as possible! I have specific experience of insect research - in particular working with dung beetles and butterflies - and also of studying interactions above- and below-ground through the international ForestPrime project. I do not, however, believe that researchers can exist on their own, and am passionate about the importance of two-way land-user involvement in research, and of public engagement. I am therefore active in science communications, in particular on Twitter and contributing to the Sex & Bugs & Rock 'n Roll and Lancaster University’s RCUK-SUPI and Science Hunters outreach and public engagement projects.

The Automated Root Exudate System (ARES): a method to apply solutes at regular intervals to soils in the field
Lopez-Sangil, L., George, C., Medina Barcenas, E., Birkett, A.J., Baxendale, C.L., Brechet, L.M., Estradera-Gumbau, E., Sayer, E.J. 09/2017 In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 8, 9, p. 1042-1050. 9 p.
Journal article