Staff Profiles: Dr. Liz Hamilton

Share:
Image is unavailable

Staff Profile: Dr. Liz Hamilton
Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science

Image is unavailable

Dr. Liz Hamilton

Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science

Biology

Geography

As an environmental scientist, Liz is interested in practical solutions to environmental problems. She has a passion for tropical rainforests and is particularly interested in the effect of chemical pollution on soil processes.

Biography

Liz is a lecturer in environmental science with an interest in how soil nitrogen and carbon respond to environmental disturbances such as deforestation and climate change. She has a passion for tropical rainforests, and has worked in Borneo studying the impact of deforestation and oil palm plantations on soil fertility. Closer to home, she is also involved with the Birmingham Institute for Forest Research’s free-air CO2 enrichment experiment (BIFoR FACE) which aims to understand the effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on mature woodlands.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
PhD Environmental Science University of Birmingham 2014
MSc River Environmental Management University of Birmingham 2009
BA Jurisprudence University of Oxford 1997

Membership of professional bodies

European Geoscience Union British Soil Science Society Soil Science Society of America

Teaching and research

Teaching

Biostatistics Pollution in Ecological Systems Environmental Pollution

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Research

Liz's research focuses on the biogeochemistry of soils subject to disturbance, and microbial response to natural and anthropogenic change. Using a combined field and laboratory approach, she has assessed the impact of oil palm plantations on soil quality in Borneo. Liz is also involved with the Birmingham Institute for Forest Research’s free-air CO2 enrichment experiment (BIFoR FACE) which aims to understand the effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on mature woodlands.