About the ECT

The Ecological Continuity Trust was formed in 2008, as a direct response to the loss of long-term experiments throughout the UK. We support long-term experiments by providing much needed funds through our grants scheme and emergency repair funds. We have also established a network of key stakeholders that help champion LTEs and the valuable science they produce, find out about our LTE User Group here.

Our vision is to develop a strategic network of long-term ecological experiments. This includes safeguarding existing high quality experiments and data, whilst also ensuring new facilities are planned for the long-term.

 

 

Getting in touch

Our community is important to us, so we are always happy when people get in touch.

To reach us:

  • Email us
  • Tweet us
  • Mail us: Ecological Continuity Trust, Manor House, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RA

 

Meet the Team

 
 

Jerry Tallowin, Chair of Trustees

Jerry is an agricultural-ecologist and research fellow of Rothamsted Research. The main theme of Jerry's research has been the maintenance and restoration of grassland biodiversity in the UK and Europe.

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Dr Franciska de Vries, Trustee

Franciska researches how climate and land use change affects plant-microbe links, and carbon and nitrogen cycling. Franciska was the 2014 recipient of a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship at Manchester.

 
 
 

Prof. Jonathan Silvertown, Trustee

Jonathan is Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Edinburgh. His research specialism is plant population biology, covering a wide range of topics.

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Dr Robin Buxton FCIEEM, Trustee

Robin works to build capacity and professionalism in conservation organisations. He has worked wit Wild Oxfordshire, the Earth Trust and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.  

 
 
 
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Dr Carly Stevens, Trustee

Carly is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist at Lancaster University. She is interested in how global change is impacting on our environment, particularly the effects atmospheric nitrogen deposition.

 
 
 

Prof. Keith Goulding, Trustee

Keith is Research Fellow at Rothamsted Research. His research guides policy on reducing the environmental impact of farming. He was recognised by the IPCC for his scientific contribution to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

 
 
 

Dr Mike Morecroft, Trustee

Mike is an ecologist specialising in climate change and is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University, however his full time job is at Natural England, where he leads their climate change work.

 

Our funders

We are grateful to these funders past and present for supporting our work:


The British Ecological Society, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Natural England, The Patsy Wood Trust and individual donors.