Below Ground Research at York,
c/o Dr. Andreas Heinemeyer (
University of York, York YO10 5DD, England, UK
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI-York), Environment Department,
Grimston House:
Tel: (44) (0) 1904 32 2991, Fax: (44) (0) 1904 32 2898

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(Member of staff at the Stockholm Environment Institute - York)

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Soil work                                                                RESEARCH INFORMATION

1. SEI (current)                                                                                                       

Brief description about the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI-York).                                    

Brief description of the Climate and Energy Group activities at SEI-York.

2. CTCD (until 2012)

Brief description of the CTCD-York research aims and what we are up to in the near future.

CTCD-York website and project research aims with some key achievements.

3. Defra project (until 2016)

Brief description of project 'Restoration of blanket bog vegetation for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water regulation':

This Defra funded peatland project (£950k) BD5104 'Restoration of blanket bog vegetation for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water regulation' will initially run from 2011 to 2016. 

Web link to project and more information:

The overarching aim of this study is to:
Acquire experimental data to underpin the development and refinement of possible management techniques, for example, applicable through Environmental Stewardship schemes, to address the dominance of heather (Calluna vulgaris) and facilitate the support of ‘active’ blanket bog vegetation (with peat-forming species, particularly Sphagnum spp.). This requires screening for the most suitable management techniques and then including those as part of a long-term manipulative experiment to provide scientifically sound and meaningful data upon which to base policy advice and subsequently inform management decisions, considering both, environmental and socio-economic implications.

The project will address four main objectives:
Review potential techniques to address heather dominance and help support appropriate ‘active’ Sphagnum supporting peatland vegetation on blanket bog and identify practical management options for experimental testing.
Field test the identified management options and evaluating their effect on:
a)    plant species composition, including bryophytes, to indicate likely impact on peat formation;
b)    water table and peat fluvial and gaseous carbon fluxes.
Provide a cost-benefit analysis to determine the cost of achieving a range of ecosystem services.
Evaluate the impact of treatments on vegetation dynamics, stream flow, water budgets, carbon stocks, fluxes and greenhouse gas emission based on measurements and modelling approaches.
Site setup and monitoring:
The project will take part at three experimental peatland sites in the English uplands, which are typical of grouse managed blanket bog, having at least 30% and ideally over 50% cover of heather over deep peat but with some other blanket mire species, including Sphagnum spp., present at low frequency/cover. The sites are predominantly under current rotational burning and the peatland is mainly intact (i.e. not eroded). At each site two similar sub-catchments are paired, serving as control (current burn regime) versus treatment areas (e.g. mowing).

Collaborators and Project Partners:
The Yokrshire Peat Partnership (YPP) are a direct project partner within this project. Contact person is Dr. Astrid Hanlon at YPP, York.
We also collaborate with Birkbeck University for manual Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) work. The contact person is Dr. Charles Bristow at Birkbeck, London.
For automated GPR surveys we work together with Dinsdales Moorland Services (DMS). The contact person is Dr. Lauren Parrey, Leeds University.

4. CV, Selected Publications and Web-Links

Short CV;

Selected publications;

Intersting WEB-links;

Andreas Heinemeyer is an active member of the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS)

                                                                      THE (UK) HEINEMEYER PICTURES
                                                                                        !!!Movie page!!!

PICTURE GALLERY 1 (The Heinemeyers)                                                                                                                                                  Top of page
!!! Andreas & Catherine Heinemeyer’s wedding 16th August 2003 !!!

 Outside the Church...                                                                                                                                  Church Walk 

           Outside Heslington church (16th August 2003)                                                                                                                                         Walk to our afternoon "Kaffee & Kuchen"


        Conor Sebastian                            Conor's christening                            Conor's 3rd birthday                            Patrick Johannes                            Heinemeyer's in Alfeld 2007     

PICTURE GALLERY 2 (York allotment, house and the town itself)                                                                                                                                        Top of page
!!! Andreas & Catherine Heinemeyer: Allotment Pics !!!

Alltoment 2003                                                                                                                                                                                  York view

              Allotment 2003             Allotment 2007           Allotment 2008            Allotment Hut         Allotment Veggies            Holly Bank Grove             Hob Moor           York UK

3 (Our Holidays)                                                                                                                                                          Top of page

Lake District impression                                                                                                                                               Southern Germany (Oberstdorf)

      Lake District UK 2004                       Dales UK 2002                       Dales UK 2004                        Northern Ireland                        Belfast/Lisburn                     Southern Germany 2005   

           Christmas felting                       Hiking in Alfeld 2007              Hannover Zoo 2007                    Shropshire 2008                 View from Clee Hill (Shrop)   

PICTURE GALLERY 4 (My home town Alfeld Leine in Germany)                                                                                                               Top of page

Our house in Alfeld                                                                                                                                                 Alfeld town

    Our House in Alfeld (Leine)               House in 2007                  Online webcam for Alfeld                   Alfeld Stadpark                 View from Himmelberg turm                  Alfeld town        

PICTURE GALLERY 5 (Historic Alfeld and the surroundings)                                                                                                                     Top of page

Postcards from 1940s                                                                                                                                                  St Nicolai church

    Old Alfeld postcards from 1940th                 

PICTURE GALLERY 6 (All Saints Brass where we made music with 'All Saint's Brass' and some pics about our former band 'Funkate')

All Saint's North Street                                                                                                                                                  Funkate prev. "The Bad Fakers"

      The Church of All Saint's North Street(Previously also home of All Saint's Brass)                                                                                                    Funkate (York's former leading 8-piece Funkband)

PICTURE GALLERY 7 (Enter the Carbon Cycle Science world)                                                                                                                              Top of page

      Mobile lab pictures               Exhibit         Movie      Model

         The Mobile Lab Mass Spectrometer                                        The Breathing Forest                               The Breathing Forest movie                    The Breathing Forest simulation model

                                                                                                                     View of the Artic research site ABISCO 2007



!!! UNDER constant CONSTRUCTION !!!

Last updated 1st May 2012