Dr Jeanette Whitaker

Dr Jeanette Whitaker (investigator- WP 5 lead) CEH Lancaster



Contact details:

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Lancaster Environment Centre

Library Avenue





Email : jhart@ceh.ac.uk

Tel : +44 (0)1524595800

Web : http://www.ceh.ac.uk/staffwebpages/drjeanettewhitaker.html


Role in MAGLUE: Investigator, Work Package 5 leader


Research background: Dr Whitaker is an ecologist at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster UK. She has 16 years’ research experience studying the impacts of land-use change and global change on terrestrial ecosystems; specifically focussed on the effects and interactions of climate change and mitigation measures (renewable energy and biochar) on biogeochemical cycling on carbon and nutrients. In the UK Energy Research Centre (www.ukerc.ac.uk) she was the topic leader within the Environmental Sustainability theme, reviewing the use of life cycle assessment for bioenergy and biofield, and also assessed socio-environmental impacts of changing the UK energy system to achieve 2050 targets. She was also a co-investigator on NERC Carbo-BioCrop and contributed to a CEH integrating project investigating the carbon sequestration value on bioenergy crops.


Dr Whitaker’s role in the MAGLUE project is to lead Work Package 5, which aims to deliver a better understanding of emission factors for bioenergy and translate this knowledge into policy relevant tools and advice. The work package she’s leading will ensure that MAGLUE research outputs are relevant and appropriate for stakeholder needs and that policy-relevant tools and advice are clearly and widely disseminated.



Whitaker J., Ostle N. Nottingham AT, Ccahuana A, Salinas N, Meir P, Bardgett RD, McNamara NP (2014) Microbial community composition explains soil respiration responses to changing carbon inputs along an Andes-to-Amazon elevation gradient. Journal of Ecology. Online early March 2014.


Armstrong A, Waldron S, Ostle N, Whitaker J(2014) Wind farm and solar park effects on plant-soil carbon cycling: potential impacts of changes in ground-level microclimate. Global Change Biology. Online early April 2013. DOI:10.1111/gcb.12437.


Moran Jay, B., Howard D, Hughes N,Whitaker J and Anandarajah G (2014) Modelling socio-environmental sensitivities: How public responses to low carbon energy technologies could shape the UK energy system..  The Scientific World Journal.


Case S. D.C., McNamara, N.P., Reay D.S.,Whitaker J. (2013) Can biochar reduce soil greenhouse gas emissions from a Miscanthus bioenergy crop?. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, accepted January 2013.


Case S. D.C., McNamara, N.P., Reay D.S.,Whitaker J. (2012)  The effect of biochar addition on N2O and CO2 emissions from a sandy loam soil – The role of soil aeration. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 51, 125-134.


Rowe R, Whitaker J*, Freer-Smith PH, Chapman J, Ludley KE, Howard, DC, and Taylor G (2011) Counting the cost of carbon in bioenergy systems: sources of variation and hidden pitfalls when comparing life cycle assessments. Biofuels, 2(6), 693-707.


Whitaker J., Ludley, KE., Rowe R, Taylor G, and Howard DC (2010) Sources of variability in estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and energy requirements for biofuel production.  Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 2 (3), 99–112.


Skea, J., Anandarajah G., Chaudry M., Shakoor A., Strachan N., Wang X. and Whitaker J (2010) Chapter 4: Energy futures: the challenges of decarbonisation and security of supply.  In: Energy 2050: Making the transition to a secure low carbon energy system. Eds. J. Skea, P. Ekins, M. Winskel, Earthscan, UK.


SM Smart, WA Scott, J Whitaker, MO Hill, DB Roy, CNR Critchley, L Marini, C Evans, BA Emmett, EC Rowe,  A Crowe, M Le Duc & RH. Marrs (2010) Empirical realized niche models for British Higher and lower plant – development and preliminary testing.  Journal of Vegetation Science, 21(4), 643-656.


Howard, D.C., Wadsworth, R.A., Whitaker, J., Hughes, N., Bunce, R.G.H (2009) The impact of sustainable energy production on land use in Britain through to 2050. Land Use Policy, 26S, S284-292.


KE Ludley, SM Jickells, PM Chamberlain, J Whitaker and CH Robinson (2009) Distribution of monoterpenes between organic resources in upper soil horizons under monocultures of Picea abies, Picea sitchensis and Pinus sylvestris. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Volume 41(6), 1050-1059.