Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Environment

Role

Dr Ray is Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Module Leader for CCMT10061 Ecology: Terrestrial and Water (Level 1); ANIM12103 Biodiversity and Ecology (Animal/Zoo Biology) (level 1); CCMT10311 Principles of Environmental Science; CCMT20412 Environmental Monitoring and GIS (Level 2); CCMT20091 Advanced Analytical Techniques (Level 2); CCMT30331 Environmental Assessment and Management (Level 3) and CCMT30413 Advanced Ecology (Level 3). Dr Ray is also part of the team for the module CCMT30417 Dissertation supervising various ecological and environmental science related undergraduate dissertations.

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • air pollution effects and biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems
  • heathland ecology: Interactions between atmospheric deposition and management techniques on vegetation and soil biochemistry
  • impacts of biodiversity within the marine and coastal ecosystem of Blue Bay and Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius
  • Great White Shark population dynamics and abundance in South African waters
  • the impact of Environmental Stewardships on biodiversity.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD or MSc by research exist in all the areas identified above and in associated interdisciplinary areas. Informal enquiries may be directed to Jillian Labadz. Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

  • DEFRA UKREATE (UK Research on the Eutrophication and Acidification of Terrestrial Ecosystems)
  • Eco-Sud (Project Lagon Bleu) Mauritius
  • White Shark Africa (Mosselbaai, South Africa)
  • Centre for Marine Ecology (Ecologia Marina) and Utila Dive Centre (UDC), Honduras
  • Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  • English Nature / Natural England
  • Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) (formerly ITE).

Recent research funding has included:

  • Mauritius Fieldwork, University QR Funding (2012), £5,000
  • Mauritius Fieldwork, University RCF Funding (2011), £2,500.

Publications

Modelling nitrogen saturation and carbon accumulation in heathland soils in response to nitrogen deposition. Evans C D, Pilkington MG, Caporn S J M, Carroll J A, Wilson D B and Ray N D, 2006

Long-term impacts of enhanced and reduced nitrogen deposition on semi-natural vegetation. Caporn S J M, Edmondson J, Carroll J A , Ray N, Cresswell N and Price E A C, Interim Progress Report of UK, DEFRA Terrestrial Umbrella - eutrophication and acidification of terrestrial ecosystems in the UK, 2005, 2, (4)

Long term impacts of enhanced and reduced nitrogen deposition on upland and lowland heath. Long-term Impacts of Enhanced and Reduced Nitrogen Deposition on Semi-natural Vegetation. Caporn S J M, Carroll J A, Cresswell N, Edmondson J, Pilkington M, Price E, Ray N and Wilson D, Interim Progress Report of UK, DEFRA Terrestrial Umbrella - eutrophication and acidification of terrestrial ecosystems in the UK, 2004, 2, (4)

Long term impacts of enhanced and reduced nitrogen deposition on semi-natural vegetation. Caporn S J M, Wilson D, Pilkington M Carroll J, Cresswell N and Ray N, Interim Progress Report of UK, DEFRA Terrestrial Umbrella - eutrophication and acidification of terrestrial ecosystems in the UK, 2004, 2, (4)

Nitrogen manipulation experiments on heather moorland and lowland heath. Long-term Impacts of Enhanced and Reduced Nitrogen Deposition on Semi-natural Vegetation. Caporn S J M, Carroll J, Cawley L, Cresswell N, Edmondson J, Pilkington M, Ray N and Wilson D, Interim Progress Report of UK, DEFRA Terrestrial Umbrella - eutrophication and acidification of terrestrial ecosystems in the UK, 2003, 2, (4)

Measuring Long Term Change in Biodiversity in British Woodlands (1971-2000) – a pilot re-survey of 14 sites from 1971 Nature Conservancy 'Bunce' Woodland Survey and two from the 1971 Native Pinewood Survey. Smart S M, Bunce R G H, Black H I J, Ray N D, Bunce F, Kirby K J, Watson R and Singleton D, 2001, Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, 2001

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Press expertise

  • Environmental factors affecting Great White Sharks activity in coastal areas (South Africa)
  • Population dynamics of Great White Sharks (South Africa)
  • Fish abundance and diversity on coral reefs (Mauritius)
  • Impacts on biodiversity within the marine and coastal ecosystem (Mauritius)
  • Environmental pollution impacts
  • Air pollution effects and biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems