Dr Niall McNamara

Dr Niall McNamara (investigator- WP1 lead) CEH Lancaster




Contact details:

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology,
Lancaster Environment Centre,
Library Avenue,
Lancaster, LA1 4AP

E-mail: nmcn@ceh.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1524 595800

Fax: +44 (0)1524 61536
Web: http://www.ceh.ac.uk/staffwebpages/niall-mcnamara.html




Role in MAGLUE: Investigator, Work Package 1 leader


Research background: Dr Niall McNamara us a senior scientist at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster UK, where he leads the Plant-Soil interactions Group. The main focus of his work since 2008 has been on the sustainability of bioenergy crop systems with respect to GHG balances. In Lincolnshire Niall established a bioenergy soil C and GHG field flux experimental site using Miscanthus, SRC willow and arable crops. This system provides detailed evidence on bioenergy GHG emissions and has been used to inform the NERC Carbo-BioCrop and ETI-ELUM projects.


Niall’s role in MAGLUE is to lead work package 1 on the measurement of GHG balance in bioenergy systems. Along with sites managed by the University of Southampton and IBERS-Aberystwyth, Niall’s site will me measuring GHG fluxes in time-for space experiments looking at the effects of land-use change to second-generation bioenergy crops. Work package 1 centres on GHG “hotspots” in the bioenergy crop life-cycles which are currently under quantified. Niall will lead the project to fill the knowledge gaps in the GHG balance.



Dr Rebecca Rowe

Email: rebrow@ceh.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1524 595800



Briones, M.J.I., N.P. McNamara, J. Poskitt, S.E. Crow and N.J. Ostle. 2014. Interactive biotic and abiotic regulators of soil carbon cycling: evidence from controlled climate experiments on peatland and boreal soils. Global change biology. 20:2971-2982.

Case, S.D., N.P. McNamara, D.S. Reay and J. Whitaker. 2012. The effect of biochar addition on N 2 O and CO 2 emissions from a sandy loam soil–the role of soil aeration. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 51:125-134.

Dondini, M., E.O. Jones, M. Richards, M. Pogson, R.L. Rowe, A.M. Keith, M.P. Perks, N.P. McNamara, J.U. Smith and P. Smith. 2014. Evaluation of the ECOSSE model for simulating soil carbon under short rotation forestry energy crops in Britain. GCB Bioenergy

Harris, Z.M., N.P. McNamara, R. Rowe, M. Dondini, J. Finch, M. Perks, J. Morison, I. Donnison, K. Farrar and S. Sohi. 2014. Research Spotlight: The ELUM project: Ecosystem Land-Use Modeling and Soil Carbon GHG Flux Trial. Biofuels. 5:111-116.

Heinemeyer, A. and N.P. McNamara. 2011. Comparing the closed static versus the closed dynamic chamber flux methodology: Implications for soil respiration studies. Plant and soil. 346:145-151.

Levy, P.E., A. Burden, M.D. Cooper, K.J. Dinsmore, J. Drewer, C. Evans, D. Fowler, J. Gaiawyn, A. Gray and S.K. Jones. 2012. Methane emissions from soils: synthesis and analysis of a large UK data set. Global Change Biology. 18:1657-1669.

Paz-Ferreiro, J., E. Medina-Roldán, N.J. Ostle, N.P. McNamara and R.D. Bardgett. 2012. Grazing increases the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition in a temperate grassland. Environmental Research Letters. 7:014027.

Robertson, A.D., C.A. Davies, P. Smith, M. Dondini and N.P. McNamara. 2014. Modelling the carbon cycle of Miscanthus plantations: existing models and the potential for their improvement. GCB Bioenergy

Smith, P., C.A. Davies, S. Ogle, G. Zanchi, J. Bellarby, N. Bird, R.M. Boddey, N.P. McNamara, D. Powlson and A. Cowie. 2012. Towards an integrated global framework to assess the impacts of land use and management change on soil carbon: current capability and future vision. Global Change Biology. 18:2089-2101.