Other roles and responsibilities

500 Women Scientists

I am passionate about equal opportunities for everyone in science and academia, and I regularly blog about women in science. I have been involved in 500 Women Scientists, a global movement that stands up against sexism and inequalities in academia and promotes open and inclusive science. We are currently working hard to set up a European chapter and website – contact me if you are interested in being involved. I am also leading the Manchester pod of 500 Women Scientists. Again, contact me if you would like to be involved.



In 2012, I founded this special interest group of the British Ecological Society, intended to bring ecologists working on plant-soil interactions together and to provide a platform for communication and collaboration. The group now has over 350 members. I stepped back as the secretary of the group in 2016, but I am still involved in some of their activities. You can find more information on their page on the British Ecological Society website, and on their blog.


Other current external responsibilities

Chair of the International Scientific Committee of the Third Global Soil Biodiversity Conference in Dublin, 2021

Member of the Ecology Faculty of F1000

Member of the Editorial Board of Soil Organisms

Member of the BBSRC Pool of Experts

Member of the Editorial Board of Oxford Bibliographies Online Ecology

Associate Editor of Journal of Ecology

Member of the British Ecological Society’s Review College