Ecosystems and Climate Change Mitigation 2015

Plants-Soils-Ecosystems and Climate Change Ecology present a joint conference: ‘Ecosystems and Climate Change Mitigation’, to be held on 2-3 November 2015 at Charles Darwin House, London. The conference will include a mix of invited talks, contributed talks, and posters.

Registration and abstract submission are now open!

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Abstract submission: submit your 100-word abstract for a poster or a talk to, before September the 25th.

Venue and travel info





ecomit15The biosphere stores and sequesters carbon, thereby exerting a major influence on the global carbon cycle and climate, and can also release other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. Ecosystems can simultaneously be a source and a sink of greenhouse gases. Approximately 30% of cumulative anthropogenic carbon emissions have been taken up by natural terrestrial ecosystems and a similar amount by the ocean. Today about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, agricultural emissions from soil and nutrient management and livestock. Changing the way we manage the land is an important component of climate change mitigation (intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases; IPCC 2015).  There is however a risk that future climate change and other pressures will reduce the strength of the global carbon sink.

This conference aims to address the ecological science issues that are fundamental to climate change mitigation and the global carbon cycle. It will seek to inform debates about policy and practice for climate change and land management, and will explicitly focus on bridging the gap between science and practice. The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers and provide opportunities for networking and developing new research ideas.

Confirmed speakers include: Gail Taylor (Southampton University), Sue Hartley (University of York), Doug Warner (University of Hertfordshire), Sue Ward (Lancaster University), Emma Sayer (Lancaster University), Iain Hartley (University of Exeter), Phil Wookey (Heriot-Watt University).

The conference will be covered on social media using the hashtag #ecomit15.

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Outline Programme

2 November – morning: introduction and overview

10.00 onwards Registration, coffee, put up posters

11.00 Introduction and Welcome – Mike Morecroft (Natural England)

11.10 Role of ecosystems in the carbon cycle – Philip Wookey (Herriot Watt University)

11.45 Opportunities for environmental management, the role of biofuels – Gail Taylor (University of Southampton)

12.20 lunch + posters

2 November – afternoon: Key habitats

13.45 Forests – Mark Broadmeadow (Forestry Commission)

14.10 Forests – Alan Jones (Earthwatch Institute and Oxford University)

14.35 Forest discussion

14.45 Peatlands – Sue Ward (University of Lancaster) – Peatlands and Climate Change: vegetation matters

15.10 Peatlands      – John Walker — Moors for the Future

– Sarah McCormack – Cumbrian Bogs LIFE+ Lowland Raised Bogs restoration project

15.35 Peatland discussion

15.45 Tea

16.05 Grasslands – Emma Sayer (University of Lancaster)

16.30 Agricultural systems – Doug Warner (University of Hertfordshire)

16.55 Agricultural Systems – Ceris Jones and Martin Rogers (National Farmers Union)

17.20 Agriculture and grasslands – discussion

17.30 Finish

18.30 Conference Dinner – at Kitchin N1, Caledonia St.

20.00 Drinks at King Charles I, Northdown St.

3 November – morning: Ecosystem and ecophysiological processes

09.00 Poster Session with Coffee and pastries

10.00 Iain Hartley (University of Exeter) Soil carbon storage in a warming world

1025 Andrew Cole (CEH) – Climatic and nutrient availability controls on carbon use efficiency in UK grasslands

1040 Nicolas Gurkin – Tropical Forest Methane Emissions: Root Regulation of Soil Processes and Fluxes

1055 Benita Laird-Hopkins – Tree and invertebrate functional diversity influence decomposition processes in tropical forests

1115 Carly Phillips and Nina Wurzburger – Biogeochemical consequences of arctic shrub expansion

1130 Angela L. Straathof, Howbeer Muhamad Ali, Roy Goodacre, Graham Fox, Franciska T. de Vries – Drought and warming-driven changes to root exudates profiles may shift soil microbial processes

1145 Jeanette Whitaker, Andrew Nottingham, Nick Ostle, Niall McNamara, Richard Bardgett and Patrick Meir – Indirect effects of climate change on soil carbon cycling in the Peruvian Andes

1200 Discussion

1215 lunch

3 November – Afternoon: Synthesis

13.45 Andreas Heinemeyer (University of York), Graeme Swindles (Leeds University), Matthew Carroll (RSPB), Phoebe Morton (SEI-Y) – From bog to bug to bird – linking peatlands past, present and future carbon dynamics to management, climate change and ecosystems services

14.10 Chris Evans (CEH Bangor) – TBC

14.35 Opportunities and challenges for ecologists – Sue Hartley (University of York)

15.00 Concluding remarks – Franciska de Vries (University of Manchester)

15.15 finish