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  we are recruiting in 2023 for a new Data Manager and Analyst.  We are most grateful to Prof Rich Norby for his continues support to BIFoR FACE research and his regular visits. 

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 Project Officer, Deanne Brettle

Aboveground vegetation processes

Belowground vegetation, litter, and soil processes

  • Prof Sami Ullah , Senior Lecturer in Biogeochemistry and Physical Geography
  • Dr Liz Hamilton, Lecturer in Environmental Science
  • Prof Vincent Gauci, Birmingham Professorial Fellow
  • Prof Zongbo Shi (GEES)  
  • Dr Johanna Pihlblad, Post doctoral researcher 
  • Dr Yafei Gao, Post doctoral researcher
  • Dr Diego Marquez (Biosciences) 
  • Alex Armstrong, PhD student (GEES) 
  • Rachel Calder, PhD student (GEES) 
  • Imogen Carter, Research Technician (GEES) 
  • Gael Denny, Research Technician (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 Vincent Gauci, Professorial Fellow (GEES) 
  • 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) 
  • Laura James, 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 
  • Prof James McDonald (Biosciences) 
  • 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) 
  • Sophie Powell, PhD student (Biosciences) 

Vegetation and Land Surface Modelling

  • Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, Lecturer in Global Forest Ecology
  • Dr Deborah Hemming, Honorary BIFoR associate 
  • Dr Tom Pugh, Lecturer Environmental Science
  • Bruno Cintra (GEES)