Dr Lesley Batty

Dr Lesley Batty

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Reader in Ecological Education

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room 405
Geography Building
Aston Webb
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Lesley Batty is a Reader in Ecological Education and brings her passion and expertise in the field to all aspects of her work. She has a particular interest in providing inclusive environments for learning and in working closely with employers to provide skills-led education. She is Head of Wellbeing and the Head of Employability and Placements for the School.

She has a particular interest in the ecology of industrial pollution and has spent a lot of time working in and around old metal and coal mines. Lesley is also highly active outside Birmingham and has published several textbooks, as well as running the British Ecological Special Interest Group in Teaching and Learning.


PhD University of Sheffield

MRes Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Reading

BSc (Hons) Natural Environmental Science, University of Reading

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, University of Birmingham


I am a teaching focussed member of staff with a commitment to providing innovative research-led teaching.  I have been responsible for the development of innovative educational methods through the use of Enquiry Based Learning, embedding careers within the curriculum, using social media and both formative and summative assessment. I have significant engagement and impact through my work with the British Ecological Society and Pearson, contributing to national debates and policy development within the educational system. 

Postgraduate supervision

Lesley Batty has a particular interest in the ecology of industrial pollution and has spent a lot of time working in and around old metal and coal mines. She is also highly active outside Birmingham and has published several textbooks, acts as associate editor for the Journal of Geochemical Exploration and is a key member of the British Ecological Society.

Dr Batty is happy to receive applications for PhD study within the areas of 'ecology of industrial pollution' and 'mining pollution' from self-funded students

Doctoral research

PhD title
Metal removal processes in wetlands receiving acid mine drainage

Other activities

  • GEES Head of Wellbeing
  • GEES Head of Employability and Placements
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • Hefi Scholar
  • Lead Secretary of the British Ecological Society Special Interest Group in Teaching and  Learning


Recent publications


Cresser, M, Batty, L, Boxall, A & Adams, C 2013, An Introduction to Environmental Science: Earth and Man. Pearson.


Batty, L & Reilly, K 2022, 'Understanding barriers to participation within undergraduate STEM laboratories: towards development of an inclusive curriculum', Journal of biological education. https://doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2021.2012227

Thornhill, I, Friberg, N, Batty, L, Thamia, V & Ledger, ME 2021, 'Leaf breakdown rates as a functional indicator were influenced by an invasive non-native invertebrate in urban ponds', Ecological Indicators, vol. 124, 107360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107360

Cooke, J, Araya, Y, Bacon, KL, Bagniewska, JM, Batty, LC, Bishop, TR, Burns, M, Charalambous, M, Daversa, DR, Dougherty, LR, Dyson, M, Fisher, AM, Forman, D, Garcia, C, Harney, E, Hesselberg, T, John, EA, Knell, RJ, Maseyk, K, Mauchline, AL, Peacock, J, Pernetta, AP, Pritchard, J, Sutherland, WJ, Thomas, RL, Tigar, B, Wheeler, P, White, RL, Worsfold, NT & Lewis, Z 2021, 'Teaching and learning in ecology: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and solutions', Oikos, vol. 130, no. 1, pp. 15-28. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.07847

Afegbua, SL & Batty, LC 2019, 'Effect of plant growth promoting bacterium; Pseudomonas putida UW4 inoculation on phytoremediation efficacy of monoculture and mixed culture of selected plant species for PAH and lead spiked soils', International Journal of Phytoremediation, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 200-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/15226514.2018.1501334

Afegbua, S & Batty, L 2018, 'Effect of single and mixed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon contamination on plant biomass yield and PAH dissipation during phytoremediation', Environmental Science and Pollution Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-018-1987-1

Lynch, S, Batty, L & Byrne, P 2018, 'Environmental risk of severely Pb-contaminated riverbank sediment as a consequence of hydrometeorological perturbation', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 636, pp. 1428-1441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.368

Thornhill, I, Batty, L, Hewitt, M, Friberg, NR & Ledger, M 2018, 'The application of graph theory and percolation analysis for assessing change in the spatial configuration of pond networks', Urban Ecosystems, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 213-225. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11252-017-0724-8

Lynch, S, Batty, L & Byrne, P 2017, 'Critical control of flooding and draining sequences on the environmental risk of Zn-contaminated riverbank sediments', Journal of Soils and Sediments, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 2691–2707. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11368-016-1646-4

Thornhill, I, Batty, L, Friberg, N, Death, R & Ledger, M 2017, 'Local and landscape scale determinants of biodiversity and conservation value of macroinvertebrate assemblages in ponds across an urban land-use gradient', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 1065–1086. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-016-1286-4

Chigbo, C & Batty, L 2015, 'Chelate-assisted phytoremediation of Cu-pyrene-contaminated soil using Z. mays', Water Air and Soil Pollution, vol. 226, no. 3, 74. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-014-2277-2

Kincey, M, Batty, L, Chapman, H, Gearey, B, Ainsworth, S & Challis, K 2014, 'Assessing the changing condition of industrial archaeological remains on Alston Moor, UK, using multisensory remote sensing', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 45, pp. 36-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2014.02.008

Lynch, SFL, Batty, LC & Byrne, P 2014, 'Environmental risk of metal mining contaminated river bank sediment at redox-transitional zones', Minerals, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 52-73. https://doi.org/10.3390/min4010052

Chigbo, C & Batty, L 2014, 'Phytoremediation for co-contaminated soils of chromium and benzo[a]pyrene using Zea mays L', Environmental Science and Pollution Research, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 3051-3059. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-013-2254-0

Review article

Downey, H, Amano, T, Cadotte, M, Cook, CN, Cooke, SJ, Haddaway, NR, Jones, JPG, Littlewood, N, Walsh, JC, Abrahams, MI, Adum, G, Akasaka, M, Alves, JA, Antwis, RE, Arellano, EC, Axmacher, J, Barclay, H, Batty, L, Benítez-López, A, Bennett, JR, Berg, MJ, Bertolino, S, Biggs, D, Bolam, FC, Bray, T, Brook, BW, Bull, JW, Burivalova, Z, Cabeza, M, Chauvenet, ALM, Christie, AP, Cole, L, Cotton, AJ, Cotton, S, Cousins, SAO, Craven, D, Cresswell, W, Cusack, JJ, Dalrymple, SE, Davies, ZG, Diaz, A, Dodd, JA, Felton, A, Fleishman, E, Gardner, CJ, Garside, R, Ghoddousi, A, Gilroy, JJ, Gill, DA, Gill, JA, Glew, L, Grainger, MJ, Grass, AA, Greshon, S, Gundry, J, Hart, T, Hopkins, CR, Howe, C, Johnson, A, Jones, KW, Jordan, NR, Kadoya, T, Kerhoas, D, Koricheva, J, Lee, TM, Lengyel, S, Livingstone, SW, Lyons, A, McCabe, G, Millett, J, Strevens, CM, Moolna, A, Mossman, HL, Mukherjee, N, Muñoz-Sáez, A, Negrões, N, Norfolk, O, Osawa, T, Papworth, S, Park, KJ, Pellet, J, Phillott, AD, Plotnik, JM, Priatna, D, Ramos, AG, Randall, N, Richards, RM, Ritchie, EG, Roberts, DL, Rocha, R, Rodríguez, JP, Sanderson, R, Sasaki, T, Savilaakso, S, Sayer, C, Sekercioglu, C, Senzaki, M, Smith, G, Smith, RJ, Soga, M, Soulsbury, CD, Steer, MD, Stewart, G, Strange, EF, Suggitt, AJ, Thompson, RRJ, Thompson, S, Thornhill, I, Trevelyan, RJ, Usieta, HO, Venter, O, Webber, AD, White, RL, Whittingham, MJ, Wilby, A, Yarnell, RW, Zamora-Gutierrez, V & Sutherland, WJ 2021, 'Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management', Ecological Solutions and Evidence, vol. 2, no. 1, e12032. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12032

View all publications in research portal