Dr Ellard Hunting


  • School of Biological Sciences Biological Sciences Building Woodland Road Bristol


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Research interests

The world is a complex physical environment that makes up an intrinsic component of our living environment. I have demonstrated that atmospheric physical phenomena can act as principal drivers of microbial processes and invertebrate behavior, which serves as a cornerstone in a novel and central avenue of empirical research studying the interactions between atmospheric electrical phenomena and biological systems. As an experimental ecologist with an ecosystem perspective, my work ranges from unravelling mechanisms in strongly controlled laboratory settings to assessing their relevance in more natural settings (e.g. outdoor mesocosms) as well as field validations. Collectively, my research has highlighted the importance of considering ecosystem connectivity if we want to fully understand our living environment and its vulnerability to human disturbances.

External positions

Honorary Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry

1 Jan 2018 → …

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Research Output

  • 8 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Editorial (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Review article (Academic Journal)

Challenges in coupling atmospheric electricity with biological systems

Hunting, E., Matthews, J. C., Fernández de Arróyabe Hernáez, P., England, S. J., Kourtidis, K., Koh, K. L., Nicoll, K., Harrison, R. G., Manser, K., Price, C., Dragovic, S., Cifra, M., Odzimek, A. & Robert, D., 14 Jul 2020, In : International Journal of Biometeorology. 14 p.

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Open Access
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    Atmospheric Electricity Influencing Biogeochemical Processes in Soils and Sediments

    Hunting, E., Harisson, G., Bruder, A., Van Bodegom, P. M., van der Geest, H., Kampfraath, A., Vorenhout, M., Admiraal, W., Cusell, C. & Gessner, M., 16 Apr 2019, In : Frontiers in Physiology. 10, 378, 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    59 Downloads (Pure)

    Compositional alterations in soil bacterial communities exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles are not reflected in functional impacts

    Zhai, Y., Hunting, E. R., Liu, G., Baas, E., Peijnenburg, W. J. G. M. & Vijver, M. G., 1 Nov 2019, In : Environmental Research. 178, 9 p., 108713.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    129 Downloads (Pure)