Meet the Academic Team

Academic Team:-

Dr Adrian Dye

Adrian is an Environmentalist and lecturer in Geography that teaches across the Geoscience courses at Teesside University. His research interests are the Anthropocene in the Arctic, use of satellite thermal imagery and GIS to detect climate change, as well as water quality and Ecology. Adrian’s recent research mainly focuses on how lakes evolve in front of glacier termini as they retreat and respond to climatic events (Arctic heatwaves). He has just returned from a field season in the Arctic where he has seen big changes since 2017. 

Twitter: MrADye1

Dr Ambroise Baker

My work focuses on how plants, biodiversity and complex ecosystems respond to environmental change. Answering this question is critical to developing: 1) guidance to accelerate ecological recovery and 2) evidence-based policies to protect the environment and human well-being in the context of global change. New evidences in my research chiefly come directly from studying plants, the natural environment and large-scale, long-term ecological systems.

Twitter: ambroise_baker

Dr Caroline Orr

Caroline’s research background includes studying microbial communities within agricultural, industrial and archaeological environments.

Twitter: CarolineOrrTees

Dr Cat Pschenyckyj

Cat’s main research area is focused on peatland biogeochemistry, including understanding how to best manage peatlands for carbon cycling and water quality benefits. Cat has spent many a time pulling footwear out of sphagnum bog pools. 

Twitter: CPschenyckyj

Dr Chris Ennis

Chris is a Senior Lecturer with research interests in sustainable technology, especially related to carbon mitigation, utilisation of biochar and environmental protection.

Dr Danny McNally

I am Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and teach across the Social Scicence and Humanities degrees at Teesside University.

Twitter: danny_mcnally

Dr David Wright

My discipline-based research interests are in microbiology, specifically, relating to how an ecological perspective can be used to inform both medically and environmentally focused research projects

Twitter: VineAndCherry

Dr Desiré  Dalton

Desiré has worked for the past thirteen years as a molecular ecologist, her research focus is the development and application of genetic tools to wildlife conservation management and forensics.

Dr Gillian Taylor

Gillian’s main research areas focus is the development of analytical techniques towards forensic and archaeological applications. Specialising in small molecule analysis utilizing GC-MS, UPLC, Q-TOF instrumentation.

Twitter: GT_Tees

Dr Nur Haliza Hassan

I have vast experience as Scientific Officer at Forensic DNA Laboratory. My experience covers various aspects of laboratory examination and analysis relating to Forensic Biology and DNA profiling on biological samples such as bloodstains, seminal stains, hair and bones which encountered in the investigation of murder, suspicious deaths, assault, rape and other sexual offences. However, now I’m excited to expand my research areas in Plant Forensic (will be working on orchid species) and Diatoms in Forensic Investigation.

Dr Jamie Bojko

I am a disease ecologist exploring the impact of symbiotic organisms on biological invasion dynamics and native animal health.

 Twitter: Jamiebojko

Dr Jens Holtvoeth

I am Lecturer in Geology at Teesside University.

Dr Jibin He

I am a senior lecturer in Food Science and Technology at Teesside University. Currently, I am working on novel oil/fat ingredients and microencapsulation of nutrients.

Twitter: JHFoodScience

Dr Lisa Baldini

Lisa is a stalagmite-based palaeoclimatologist and environmental geochemist. She is particularly interested in using geochemical tracers to constraint human-environmental and human-climate interactions through time with an eye to enhancing resilience to future change.

Twitter: LisaMBaldini1

Peter Beveridge

Peter is a physicist who spent four years working for ICI on Teesside, first in polymer research and then in manufacturing quality control. Currently the Course Leader for the Environmental Cluster, he is also delivering courses related to energy generation.

Dr Rhys Williams

Rhys is the admin for the TU Earth and Environment blog. His background is in forensic anthropology, but has since discovered his love of 3D imaging, archaeological visualisation and public engagement. For his PhD, he developed pXRF methods for visualising the preservation at Vindolanda. When not at work, he is usually hunting down the perfect cake. He pretends he’s cool but he’s a total dork.

Twitter: williamsrhy

Professor Tim Thompson

 Tim’s research focuses on the human body and how it changes, particularly in the modern context. Tim is an expert on the effects of burning on the skeleton, the recording and visualisation of forensic evidence and heritage artefacts, and the resolution of commingled graves from contexts of mass violence.

Twitter: tjuthompson