Dr Sue Ward

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

Sue’s research interests are in global change ecology, focussing on how land use, land management and climate change affect ecosystem function.

Sue’s current research project is funded by Defra, and looks at the potential to manage UK grasslands to provide multiple ecosystem services of carbon storage, nutrient retention and biodiversity, alongside viable levels of productivity. Other projects look at the effects of vegetation change and climate warming on carbon dynamics in peatlands, and characterising landscape methane emissions.

Sue is also Associate Director for the online CPD programme ‘Food Challenges for the 21st Century.

Contrasting growth responses of dominant peatland plants to warming and vegetation composition
Walker, T., Ward, S., Ostle, N., Bardgett, R. 05/2015 In: Oecologia. 178, 1, p. 141-151. 11 p.
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Vegetation exerts a greater control on litter decomposition than climate warming in peatlands
Ward, S., Orwin, K., Ostle, N., Briones, M., Thomson, B., Griffiths, R., Oakley, S., Quirk, H., Bardgett, R. 01/2015 In: Ecology. 96, 1, p. 113-123. 11 p.
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Warming effects on greenhouse gas fluxes in peatlands are modulated by vegetation composition
Ward, S., Ostle, N., Oakley, S., Quirk, H., Henrys, P., Bardgett, R. 10/2013 In: Ecology Letters. 16, 10, p. 1285-1293. 9 p.
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Methane indicator values for peatlands: a comparison of species and functional groups
Gray, A., Levy, P.E., Cooper, M.D.A., Gaiawyn, J., Leeson, S.R., Ward, S., Dinsmore, K.J., Drewer, J., Sheppard, L.J., Ostle, N., Evans, C.D., Burden, A., Zielinski, P. 2013 In: Global Change Biology. 19, 4, p. 1141–1150. 10 p.
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Fire accelerates assimilation and transfer of photosynthetic carbon from plants to soil microbes in a northern peatland
Ward, S., Ostle, N., Oakley, S., Quirk, H., Stott, A., Henrys, P., Scott, W.A., Bardgett, R. 12/2012 In: Ecosystems. 15, 8, p. 1245-1257. 13 p.
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Methane emissions from soils: synthesis and analysis of a large UK data set
Levy, P.M., Burden, A., Cooper, M., Dinsmore, K., Drewer, J., Evans, C., Fowler, D., Gaiawyn, J., Gray, A., Jones, S., Jones, T., McNamara, N., Mills, R., Ostle, N., Sheppard, L., Skiba, U., Sowerby, A., Ward, S., Zielinski, P. 05/2012 In: Global Change Biology. 18, 5, p. 1657-1669. 13 p.
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Climate change and soil biotic carbon cycling
Ostle, N., Ward, S. 2012 In: Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 241-255. 15 p. Electronic ISBN: 978-0-19-957592-3.

From microbe to mountain (research at Moor House)
Ward, S., Whitfield, M. 2012
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Gardening for greenhouse gases
Ward, S. 2010 In: Planet Earth. Spring, p. 20-21.
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Litter evenness influences short-term peatland decomposition processes
Ward, S., Ostle, N.J., McNamara, N.P., Bardgett, R. 2010 In: Oecologia. 164, 2, p. 511-520.
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Plant functional group identity influences short-term peatland ecosystem carbon flux : evidence from a plant removal experiment.
Ward, S.E., Bardgett, R.D., McNamara, N.P., Ostle, N.J., Ostle, N. 04/2009 In: Functional Ecology. 23, 2, p. 454-462. 9 p.
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Widespread contribution of methane-cycle bacteria to the diets of profundal lake chironomid larvae
Jones, R.I., Carter, C.E., Kelly, A., Ward, S., Kelly, D.J., Grey, J. 03/2008 In: Ecology. 89, 3, p. 857-864. 8 p.
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Gully hotspot contribution to landscape methane and carbon dioxide fluxes in a northern peatland
McNamara, N.P., Plant, T., Ward, S., Wood, C., Ostle, N. 2008 In: Science of the Total Environment. 404, p. 354-360.
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Widespread contribution of methane-cycle bacteria to the diets of lake profundal chironomid larvae
Jones, R., Carter, C., Kelly, A., Ward, S., Kelly, D.J., Grey, J. 2008 In: Ecology. 89, 3, p. 857-864.
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Long-term consequences of grazing and burning on northern peatland carbon dynamics.
Ward, S.E., Bardgett, R.D., McNamara, N.P., Adamson, J.K., Ostle, N.J. 11/2007 In: Ecosystems. 10, 7, p. 1069-1083. 15 p.
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Seasonal changes in the stable isotope values of lake-dwelling chironomid larvae in relation to feeding and life cycle variability
Grey, J., Kelly, A., Ward, S., Sommerwerk, N., Jones, R. 06/2004 In: Freshwater Biology. 49, 6, p. 681-689. 9 p.
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