Dr Liz Hamilton PhD, MSc

Dr Liz Hamilton

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Environmental Science

Dr Hamilton is a soil scientist, specialising in biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in forest environments. Her research focuses on the changes to microbial nutrient cycling in soils as a response to climate change, pollution and land use change. Her work seeks to understand how we can manage soils to ensure future resilience to disturbance and how we might use nature-based solutions to mitigate anthropogenic pollution. She works in both tropical and temperate forests and brings her passion for fieldwork and practical science to the classroom to inspire the next generation of environmental scientists.


PhD in Biogeochemistry, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, 2014

MSc in River Environmental Science, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, 2009

Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Guildford Law School, 1998

BA in Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, 1997


  • BSc Environmental Science
  • MSci Environmental Science
  • BSc Geography
  • BA Geography
  • MSci Geography

Other activities

Programme Lead for Environmental Science

Member of the British Society for Soil Science

Member of the British Ecological Society


Recent publications


Comer-Warner, SA, Nguyen, ATQ, Nguyen, MN, Wang, M, Turner, A, Le, H, Sgouridis, F, Krause, S, Kettridge, N, Nguyen, N, Hamilton, RL & Ullah, S 2022, 'Restoration impacts on rates of denitrification and greenhouse gas fluxes from tropical coastal wetlands', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 803, 149577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149577

Mackenzie, AR, Krause, S, Hart, KM, Thomas, RM, Blaen, PJ, Hamilton, RL, Curioni, G, Quick, SE, Kourmouli, A, Hannah, DM, Comer‐warner, SA, Brekenfeld, N, Ullah, S & Press, MC 2021, 'BIFoR FACE: water–soil–vegetation–atmosphere data from a temperate deciduous forest catchment, including under elevated CO2', Hydrological Processes, vol. 35, no. 3, e14096. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14096

McGarry, R, Trimmer, M, Bradley, C & Pinay, G 2016, 'Deforestation for oil palm alters the fundamental balance of the soil N cycle', Soil Biology and Biochemistry. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.01.001

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