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Watch some of our academics taking two minutes to explain their research.

Juliet Osborne: Insects and the environment

Juliet’s research looks at how insects and plants interact within the environment and their role in the provision of ecosystem services. Juliet is building links with local farmers, landowners and beekeepers to build collaborative projects to help improve the management of bees and pollinators.

Joanie Willett: Exploring the relationship between identity and the economy

Joanie’s research explores the interplay between identity, the economy and the environment, looking at how the environment helps to form political ideas, in Cornwall and further afield.

Chris Bryan: Bacterial mining

Cornwall has a lot of historic mine wastes, a source of pollution. Chris cultivates bacterial micro-organisms to recover metals from mine by-products, reducing pollution risk and value for mining companies.

Asif Ali Tahir: Nanomaterials and thin film solar

Asif’s research uses the ESI’s fabrication laboratory to explore the role of nanomaterials and thin film material in producing Hydrogen, a zero emissions fuel, using sunlight

Ilya Maclean: : Practical solutions to climate change

Ilya’s research aims to find practical solutions to the problems of climate change. One of Ilya’s study sites is on the Lizard Peninsula, where there are already adverse effects to habitats from climate change. Ilya is working to understand and address these problems.

Caitlin DeSilvey: Exploring the cultural significance of material change

Caitlin’s background is in cultural geography, she studies people’s relationships to places and how they relate to them when they’re changing due to factors like environmental change. Caitlin has worked with Cornish harbours that are threatened with sea water rise as well as heritage sites.

Clare Saunders: Environmental politics

Clare’s areas of research expertise are social movements and protest, climate and energy politics, and social networks. Some of Clare’s work is centred around shaping pro-environmental behaviours.

Karen Anderson: Exploring urban green spaces and biodiversity

The main focus of Karen’s research is remote sensing, which is a technique for capturing data about landscapes from a distance, using satellites, aeroplanes or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Karen is working with businesses in the south west as well as local schools to encourage students to think about how they can use innovative spatial data to understand the environment.

Kevin J Gaston: Environmental management

Kevin’s research looks at interactions between people and the environment; the impacts they have on it and the benefits they get from the environment. Kevin’s current projects are looking at the impacts of night-time light pollution on communities and ecosystems, and the benefits we get from birds.

Kirsten Abernethy: Sustainable fisheries

Kirsten’s research looks at marine fisheries and coastal communities. Kirsten works in fishing communities in Cornwall and further afield.

Markus Mueller: Using applied mathematics to solve problems

Markus’ research addresses mathematical systems and control theory and their applications within marine engineering, renewable energy and systems biology. Markus is working with industry to help them predict future outcomes as well as working with local schools to raise aspirations in maths.

Robbie McDonald: Understanding mammal ecology and conflict

Robbie’s research aims to resolve problems caused by wildlife. His research has included looking at the science, policy and practical implications of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in badgers, and the impacts and management of invasive species.

Senthilarasu Sundarum: Developing new materials to take solar energy to the next level
Stuart Townley: Applying mathematics to solve environmental problems

Stuart’s work unlocks the complexity of the relationships between species and the engineering of renewable technologies.

Stephen Votier: Understanding the impact of global change on seabirds

Stephen is a seabird ecologist, his interests lie in their ecology, biology and how they respond to changes in the marine environment. Stephen uses technology to inform his research such as GPS loggers, depth recorders and miniature video cameras.

Xiaoyu Yan: Investigating electric vehicle utility

Xiaoyu is looking to make more cost effect use of electric vehicles (EVs) in rural areas, such as Cornwall. And how best to use EVs as an energy store for localised energy systems and secondary use of redundant EV batteries.

Tapas Mallick: : Incorporating clean technologies

Tapas leads a research team who are focused on applied solar energy and how this may be incorporated into building, used as energy storage and integrated with other clean technologies. Tapas is interested in advanced solar energy engineering and heat transfer for renewable energy systems.