- Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Management on the CIEEM-accredited pathway of the BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences course.
- Module Leader for the undergraduate modules Ecotourism, People & the Environment, and Practical Techniques for Biology. Also teaches on Living Systems, Natural Ecosystems, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Practical Conservation, Sustainable Resource Management, Field Investigations & Expedition Science, and Atmospheric Pollution, Monitoring and Toxicology, amongst other modules.
- Active researcher in a variety of areas including urban ecology, green roofs, citizen science, riparian and orchard ecology.
Dr Adam Bates has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from University of Wales – Aberystwyth, an MRes in Science of the Environment from Lancaster University, and a PhD from the University of Birmingham on riparian beetle ecology.
Dr Bates started lecturing at NTU in 2015, and has previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham on three projects:
- The UNESCO SWITCH sustainable water project. Investigating the ecology and hydrology of green roofs.
- The Open Air Laboratories citizen science project. Delivering outreach across the West Midlands and researching the urban ecology of bees and moths.
- The Leverhulme Noble Chafer/orchards project. Studying the ecology of the rare Noble Chafer (Gnorimus nobilis) and the social motivations for orchard conservation.
Dr Bates has broad research interests centred around the invertebrates and plants of disturbed and human-made habitats. In particular he is interested in:
- the ecology and conservation of beetles and spiders living on exposed riverine sediments (poorly vegetated sand and gravel bars above the water level)
- the ecology of green roofs, particularly those designed to mimic brownfield habitat lost to urban development
- the ecology of sand and gravel quarries
- urban ecology, particularly of bee and moth pollinators
- the ecology of orchards, particularly of orchard invertebrates
- engaging with communities to investigate these research areas using citizen science.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information can be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
Sponsors and collaborators
The OPAL Bugs Count Survey: exploring the effects of urbanisation and habitat character using citizen science. Bates AJ, Lakeman Fraser P, Robinson L, Tweddle JC, Sadler JP, West SE, Norman S, Batson M, Davies L. Urban Ecosystems, 2015, 18 (4), 1477-1497
Effects of recycled aggregate growth substrate on green roof vegetation development: a six year experiment. Bates AJ, Sadler JP, Greswell RB and Mackay R, Landscape and Urban Planning, 2015, 135, 22-31
Effects of varying organic matter content on the development of green roof vegetation: A six year experiment. Bates AJ, Sadler JP, Greswell RB, Mackay R, Ecological Engineering, 2015, 82, 301-310
Garden and landscape-scale correlates of moths of differing conservation status: significant effects of urbanization and habitat diversity. Bates AJ, Sadler JP, Grundy D, Lowe N, Davis G, Baker D, Bridge M, Freestone R, Gardner D, Gibson C, Hemming R, Howarth S, Orridge S, Shaw M, Tams T and Young H. PLoS ONE, 2014, 9 (1)
Assessing the value of the Garden Moth Scheme citizen science dataset: how does light trap type affect catch? Bates AJ, Sadler JP, Everett E, Grundy D, Lowe N, Davis G, Baker D, Bridge M, Clifton J, Freestone R, Gardner D, Gibson C, Hemming R, Howarth S, Orridge S, Shaw M, Tams T and Young H. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 2014, 146, 386-397
Vegetation development over four years on two green roofs in the UK. Bates AJ, Sadler JP and Mackay R, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 2013, 12, 98-108
Changing bee and hoverfly pollinator assemblages along an urban-rural gradient. Bates AJ, Sadler JP, Fairbrass AJ, Falk SJ, Hale JD and Matthews TJ, PLoS ONE, 2011, 6 (8)
Condition-dependent dispersal of a patchily distributed riparian ground beetle in response to disturbance. Bates AJ, Sadler JP and Fowles AP, Oecologia, 2006, 150 (1), 50-60See all of Adam Bates's publications...
- Invertebrates and plants of disturbed and human-made habitats
- Ecology and conservation of beetles and spiders living on exposed riverine sediments (poorly vegetated sand and gravel bars above the water level)
- Ecology of green roofs, particularly those designed to mimic brownfield habitat lost to urban development
- Urban ecology, particularly of bee and moth pollinators
- Ecology of orchards, particularly of orchard invertebrates