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Our Ecosystems research investigates the ecology of organisms from microbes to plants and mammals, how they interact with each other, their environment and with people.

We carry out fieldwork in the UK and across the world. We use the excellent facilities of the OU Ecosystems Laboratories for experimental studies and analyses and are pioneering citizen science.

Members of the Ecosystems Research Group have interests in:

We work closely with the Open Science Laboratory, and through citizen science initiatives such as the Floodplain Meadows Partnership and Treezilla.

Yoseph Araya, Ecosystems Research Group Lead

Yoseph Araya

Ecosystems Research Group Point of Contact


Supporting students with dyslexia: an academic’s perspective

10% of the population are dyslexic. My name is Dr Anne Jay, and I am dyslexic. Dyslexia brings challenges that have a considerable impact on OU student success. A key struggle for people with dyslexia is written communication.

20th March 2023

Celebrating Graduation in Manchester

On 22 November Professors Clare Warren, Mark Brandon and Richard Holliman, and Dr Barbara Kunz travelled to Manchester for an OU Graduation Ceremony.

29th November 2022

EEES researcher to lead £800k project to improve global climate change predictions

An EEES researcher is leading a new Natural Environmental Research Council-funded project to improve our ability to predict climate change using cutting-edge analysis of fossilised algae molecules. 

15th November 2022
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