About the ECT
The Ecological Continuity Trust was formed in 2008, as a direct response to the loss of long-term experiments (LTEs) throughout the UK. We support LTEs 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. The vision extends into then ensuring that experimental field ecology is at the heart of evidence-based policymaking and sustainable land use.
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.
Ben Sykes MRSB, Executive Director
Ben is a biologist by training, also with a Masters in science communication. He spent 22 years working with the UK Research Councils (BBSRC), including six years as Executive Director of the UK National Stem Cell Network (UKNSCN).
Dr Robin Buxton FCIEEM, Treasurer
Robin works to build capacity and professionalism in conservation organisations. He has worked with Wild Oxfordshire, the Earth Trust and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
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 of atmospheric nitrogen deposition.
Dr Kadmiel Maseyk, Trustee
Kadmiel is a plant ecophysiologist and terrestrial biogeochemist at the Open University. His research focus is on coupled carbon and water cycles and ecosystem responses to environmental variability and change.
Dr Chas Holt, Trustee
Chas is a self-employed ecologist who specialises in ornithological projects with a conservation or research focus. He formerly worked at the British Trust for Ornithology, coordinated the BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey, and is also Secretary of the British Birds Rarities Committee.
Prof Bridget Emmett, Trustee
Bridget is Head of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology’s Bangor station in north Wales, and head of the Soils and Lands Use Science Area for CEH. Her research interests are focused on soil biogeochemical cycling and its implications for ecosystem structure and function.
Dr Victoria Cadman, Trustee
Victoria is a management and environmental consultant. She has a research background in environmental change in Arctic ecosystems.