Dr Emma Sayer

Dr Emma Sayer

Lecturer

B24 - LEC3 LEC Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YQ

+44 (0)1524 510140

My research investigates how ecosystems respond to change. I’m happiest when working in forests but I also make the occasional foray into grasslands. My main research focus lies in determining how interactions between above- and belowground processes affect ecosystem function. I work in the UK, Panama and Borneo using a wide range of tools borrowed from biogeochemistry, plant-, soil, and microbial ecology. I’m also passionate about science communication and public engagement with science. More details can be found on my project website http://www.forestprime.com and at http://www.besfest.org

Emma Sayer's Publications

2014

Sex & bugs & rock 'n roll: getting creative about public engagement

Sayer, E., Featherstone, H. C. & Gosling, W. D. 02/2014 In : Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 29, 2, p. 65-67 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Leaf-cutting ants as ecosystem engineers: topsoil and litter perturbations around Atta cephalotes nests reduce nutrient availability

Meier, S., Neubauer, M., Sayer, E., Leal, I., Tabarelli, M. & Wirth, R. 10/2013 In : Ecological Entomology. 38, 5, p. 497-504 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Litter manipulation and the soil arthropod community in a lowland tropical rainforest

Ashford, O. S., Foster, W. A., Turner, B. L., Sayer, E., Sutcliffe, L. & Tanner, E. V. J. 07/2013 In : Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 62, p. 5-12 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Grassland management influences spatial patterns of soil microbial communities

Sayer, E. J., Wagner, M., Oliver, A. E., Pywell, R. F., James, P., Whiteley, A. S. & Heard, M. S. 06/2013 In : Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 61, p. 61-68 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Variability of above-ground litter inputs alters soil physicochemical and biological processes: a meta-analysis of litterfall-manipulation experiments

Xu, S., Liu, L. & Sayer, E. J. 2013 In : Biogeosciences. 10, 11, p. 7423-7433 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Variable responses of lowland tropical forest nutrient status to fertilization and litter manipulation

Sayer, E. J., Joseph Wright, S., Tanner, E. V. J., Yavitt, J. B., Harms, K. E., Powers, J. S., Kaspari, M., Garcia, M. N. & Turner, B. L. 04/2012 In : Ecosystems. 15, 3, p. 387-400 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Soil carbon release enhanced by increased tropical forest litterfall

Sayer, E. J., Heard, M. S., Grant, H. K., Marthews, T. R. & Tanner, E. V. J. 09/2011 In : Nature Climate Change. 1, 6, p. 304-307 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Potassium, phosphorus, or nitrogen limit root allocation, tree growth, or litter production in a lowland tropical forest

Wright, S. J., Yavitt, J. B., Wurzburger, N., Turner, B. L., Tanner, E. V. J., Sayer, E. J., Santiago, L. S., Kaspari, M., Hedin, L. O., Harms, K. E., Garcia, M. N. & Corre, M. D. 1/08/2011 In : Ecology. 92, 8, p. 1616-1625 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Experimental investigation of the importance of litterfall in lowland semi-evergreen tropical forest nutrient cycling: tropical forest litterfall and nutrients

Sayer, E. J. & Tanner, E. V. J. 09/2010 In : Journal of Ecology. 98, 5, p. 1052-1062 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Arthropod abundance and diversity in a lowland tropical forest floor in Panama: the role of habitat space vs. nutrient concentrations

Sayer, E. J., Sutcliffe, L. M. E., Ross, R. I. C. & Tanner, E. V. J. 03/2010 In : Biotropica. 42, 2, p. 194-200 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A new approach to trenching experiments for measuring root–rhizosphere respiration in a lowland tropical forest

Sayer, E. & Tanner, E. V. J. 02/2010 In : Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 42, 2, p. 347-352 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Increased litterfall in tropical forests boosts the transfer of soil CO2 to the atmosphere

Sayer, E. J., Powers, J. S. & Tanner, E. V. J. 12/12/2007 In : PLoS ONE. 2, 12, 6 p.e1299

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Effects of litter manipulation on early-stage decomposition and meso-arthropod abundance in a tropical moist forest

Sayer, E. J., Tanner, E. V. J. & Lacey, A. L. 1/07/2006 In : Forest Ecology and Management. 229, 1-3, p. 285-293 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Increased litterfall changes fine root distribution in a moist tropical forest

Sayer, E. J., Tanner, E. V. J. & Cheesman, A. W. 03/2006 In : Plant and Soil. 281, 1-2, p. 5-13 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Using experimental manipulation to assess the roles of leaf litter in the functioning of forest ecosystems

Sayer, E. J. 02/2006 In : Biological Reviews. 81, 1, p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalScientific review

2003

The role of tree size in the leafing phenology of a seasonally dry tropical forest in Belize, Central America

Sayer, E. J. & Newbery, D. M. 09/2003 In : Journal of Tropical Ecology. 19, 5, p. 539-548 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Emma Sayer's Projects

2014

Emma Sayer's Activities

2014

Functional Ecology

Dr Emma Sayer (Associate Editor), 2014 → …

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

MIcrobial Ecology

Dr Emma Sayer (Guest editor), 2014

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

Visiting Fellow

Dr Emma Sayer (Visitor), 20142018

Activity: External academic engagementResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

2013

Sex & Bugs & Rock 'n Roll

Dr Emma Sayer (Organiser), 2013 → …

Activity: Public engagement and outreachFestival/Exhibition

STRI Research Associate

Dr Emma Sayer (Visitor), 20132016

Activity: External academic engagementMembership of external research organisation

Young Academy of Europe

Dr Emma Sayer (Member), 2013 → …

Activity: External academic engagementMembership of external research organisation

2012

BES Council

Dr Emma Sayer (Member), 2012 → …

Activity: External academic engagementMembership of peer review panel or committee

Peer-review college

Dr Emma Sayer (Member), 2012 → …

Activity: External academic engagementMembership of peer review panel or committee

Current Students

Research students currently supervised by Emma Sayer include: