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Department of Plant Sciences


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Biography/Research Overview

I am interested in how ecosystems respond to global change, specifically the impacts on soil carbon cycling and microbial community structure and function. Previously, I have worked across a wide variety of ecosystems including temperate and tropical forests, boreal peatlands, and freshwater streams. Most of my research has utilised long-term climate manipulation experiments to explore ecosystem-level responses to climate change factors including warming, elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, and precipitation change.

In my current project, working within the Centre for Landscape Regeneration, I am exploring the fate, transformation, and persistence of soil organic matter across a network of farms in the East Anglian fenlands, with a particular focus on the role of organo-mineral associations in soil carbon stabilisation.


Previous positions

2022-2023  Research Technician, University of Manchester, UK

2018-2022  Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Warwick, UK

2021  Doctoral Exchange Student, Western University, Canada

2020  Doctoral Policy Placement Student, Welsh Government, UK

2017-2018  Research Assistant, Imperial College London, UK

2017  Visiting Student, Háskóli Íslands, Iceland

2016-2017  Visiting Student, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany



2023  PhD Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, UK

2017  MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London, UK

2016  BSc. (Hons) Biology, University of Manchester, UK


Key publications

A simple model predicts how warming simplifies wild food webs (2019), Nature Climate Change.

Spontaneous mutation rate is a plastic trait associated with population density across domains of life (2017), PLoS Biology.


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2021-present, British Society of Soil Science Early Career Committee member.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Katy Faulkner

Contact Details

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Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street