Dr Lesley Batty

Dr Lesley Batty

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

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room 120
Earth Sciences Building
Aston Webb
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Lesley Batty is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science (teaching focussed) 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 the College Director for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

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 and the Peer Support Network for Physical and Mental Health Disability.


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

I am happy to receive applications for PhD study within the area of ‘environmental and ecological education’ from self-funded students.



Doctoral research

PhD title
Metal removal processes in wetlands receiving acid mine drainage


Research groups

  • Water Sciences
  • Hydroecology

Research interests

  • Ecology of Industrial Pollution (Freshwaters and Land)
  • Passive Treatment Technologies
  • Phytoremediation
  • Biodiversity

Other activities

  • LES College Director of Mental Health and Wellbing
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • Hefi Scholar
  • Lead Secretary of the British Ecological Society Special Interest Group in Teaching and  Learning



Cresser, M., Batty, L.C., 2013 An Integrated Introduction to Environmental Science, Pearson UK Undergraduate Text Book

Batty, L.C., Hallberg, K.  (Eds) 2010 Ecology of Industrial Pollution: restoration, remediation and preservation.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 350pp ISBN 978-0-521-73038-9

Harrad, S.J., Batty, L.C., Diamond, M. and Arhonditsis, G. 2008. Student projects in Environmental Science. Wiley Publishers, Chichester Undergraduate and Postgraduate Text Book 163pp

Key Publications since 2011

Chibuike, C and Batty. L. 2015 Chelate assisted phytoremediation of Cu-pyrene contaminated soil using Z. mays Water, Air and Soil Pollution 226

Chibuike, C and Batty, L.C. 2014 Phytoremediation for co-contaminated soils of chromium and benzo (a) pyrene using Zea mays. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21, 3051-3059

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 multisensor remote sensing  Journal of Archaeological Science 45, 36-51 

Lynch, S., Batty, L.C., Byrne, P. 2014 Environmental risk of metal mining contaminated river bank sediment at redox-transitional zones Minerals, 4, 52-73

Chibuike, C., Batty, L.C. 2013 Phytoremediation potential of Brassica juncea in Cu-pyrene contaminated soil: comparing freshly spiked soil with aged soil Journal of Environmental Management 129, 18-24

Chibuike, C., Batty, L.C. 2013 Interactions of copper and pyrene on phytoremediation potential of Brassica juncea in copper-pyrene co-contaminated soil Chemosphere, 90, 2542-2548

Chibuike, C., Batty, L.C. 2013 Effect of combined pollution of chromium and benzo(a)pyrene on seed growth of Lolium perenne. Chemosphere, 90, 164-169

Chibuike, C., Batty, L.C. Effect of EDTA and citric acid on phytoremediation of Chromium-B(a) P co-contaminated soil Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20, 8955-8963

Batty, L.C., Dolan, C. 2013 The potential use of phytoremediation for sites with mixed organic and inorganic contamination.  Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 1-43

Jadeja, R.N., Batty, L.C. 2013 Metal content of seaweeds in the vicinity of acid mine drainage in Amlwch, North Wales Indian Journal of Geo-marine Sciences 42, 16-20

Gubbins, E., Batty, L.C., Lead, J.R. 2011 Phytotoxicity of silver nanoparticles to Lemna minor L. Environmental Pollution 159, 1551-1559

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