Dr Ali Birkett

Research Associate

Research Overview

I am fascinated by how organisms interact within an ecosystem, how they respond to environmental change, and the consequences that these responses might have on the ecosystem as a whole. I like to combine experimental and survey techniques to investigate these questions and am especially keen on working at the landscape scale, taking particular pleasure in fieldwork and being outdoors. I have specific experience of working with insects such as dung beetles and butterflies, and am currently working within the Plant-Soil Interactions lab as a Research Associate with ForestPrime: a comparative experiment to assess the impact of enhanced forest productivity on soil carbon dynamics in temperate and tropical forests. I am also passionate about 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.

Public Engagement Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Sex & Bugs & Rock ’n Roll
Festival/Exhibition

LU RCUK-SUPI: Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Researchers
Schools engagement

Science Hunters
Schools engagement