University of Birmingham academic staff and students involved in ongoing research at the BIFoR FACE facility.  

Prof Rob Mackenzie and Prof Sami Ullah are the Directors off BIFoR FACE who are the academic leads for research being completed at the BIFoR FACE facility. Dr Kris Hart is the Operations Manager and Dr Giulio Curioni is our Data Manager and Analyst. 

We have tried to map people into different areas but, as the research is related to forest ecosystems, there is naturally overlap between the areas. Learn more about the measurements and examples of projects underway in our "FACE research" page.  If you would like to make contact with someone but are uncertain as to who to contact please contact BIFoR Administrator Deanne Brettle

Aboveground vegetation processes

  • Prof Rob MacKenzie, Director of BIFoR
  • Prof Jeremy Pritchard -  Director of Education for BIFoR and College of Life and Environmental Science
  • Dr Carolina Mayoral, Post-doctoral research fellow
  • Dr Maria Arnaud, Researcher (GEES)
  • Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, Research (GEES) 
  • Dr Andrew Plackett, (Bio)
  • Dr Anna Gardner, PhD student (Biosciences) 
  • Rehab Almutairi, PhD sfudent (GEES)
  • Novalia Kusumarini, PhD student (GEES)
  • Klaske Van Wijngaarden, PhD student (GEES) 

Belowground vegetation, litter, and soil processes

  • Prof Sami Ullah , Senior Lecturer in Biogeochemistry and Physical Geography
  • Dr Liz Hamilton, Lecturer in Environmental Science
  • Dr Rebecca Bartlett, Lecturer in Biogeochemistry
  • Dr Lesley Batty, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science
  • Prof Vincent Gauci, Birmingham Professorial Fellow
  • Dr Johanna Pihlblad, Post doctoral researcher 
  • Dr Yafei Gao, Post doctoral researcher
  • Alex Armstrong, PhD student (GEES) 
  • Nine Douwes Dekker, PhD student (GEES) 
  • Katy Faulkner, PhD student at Warwick University
  • George Fereday, Technician (GEES-QUINTUS)
  • James Gore, Technician (GEES- QUINTUS)
  • Robert Grzesik, Senior Technician (GEES - QUINTUS) 
  • Grace Handy, PhD student 
  • Manon Rumeau, PhD student (GEES - QUINTUS) 


Atmospheric processes

  • Prof Bill Bloss, Prof of Atmopsheric Sciences 
  • Prof Rob MacKenzie, Director of BIFoR
  • Prof Francis Pope, Professor of Atmospheric Science
  • Prof Zongbo Shi, Senior Lecturer in Atmospheric Biogeochemistry
  • Tony Hyacinth, PhD student (GEES) 
  • William Hagan Brown, PhD student (Plymouth) 
  • Thomas King, PhD student Lancaster University (co-supervised by Rob MacKenzie)

Animals (esp invertebrates)

Microbial processes


Plant health and plant diseases

  • Prof Rob Jackson, Chair in Tree Pathology 
  • Dr Graeme Kettles, Lecturer (Biosciences) 
  • Dr Estrella Luna-Diez, Lecturer (Biosciences) 
  • Dr Mojgan Rabiey, Post-doctoral researcher 
  • Dr Rosa Sanchez-Lucas, Post-doctoral researcher
  • Mark Raw, PhD student (Biosciences) 

Vegetation and Land Surface Modelling