Our submission to the University of the Year panel focused on the difference we make in the region and communities where we're based – but also acknowledged the broader impact of our world-leading research.
Dr Dannielle Green is working with UK, European and international organisations to raise awareness of plastic pollution and change environmental policy.
Dr Dannielle Green is Associate Professor in Ecology at ARU, and director of the Applied Ecology Research Group. She is an ecologist with international recognition in several areas related to understanding and mitigating anthropogenic impacts on natural ecosystems.
Dannielle's work with single-use plastics and microplastics has generated significant global impact. She was the first to test the impact of biodegradable and conventional microplastics on a community level, and the affect of cigarette butts on plant growth. This work was developed as a Research Excellence Framework (REF) case study, Reducing the environmental impact of single use plastics.
As a strong advocate of the use of research data and evidence to influence policy, Dannielle has:
Dannielle was named in the top 2% of the world’s most influential researchers in the Highly Cited Researchers list 2022 (Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate).
She continues to publish in high impact factor journals, and has written book chapters on anthropogenic pollution. As an effective science communicator, she also does a lot of media work and recently assisted with Keep Britain Tidy's anti-littering campaign, in her role as the charity's scientific adviser.
Dannielle is passionate about tackling complex environmental issues, and collaborates widely, often linking traditional ecological methods with innovative approaches from other fields including biogeochemistry, ecophysiology and molecular biology.
For Dannielle, the ultimate aim of her research is to provide scientifically sound recommendations for environmental management – influencing policy and protecting marine ecosystems.
In May 2022 the impact of our research was recognised in the Research Excellence Framework, with every subject area having research rated as ‘world-leading’. This best-ever outcome for ARU followed the award of The Queen’s Anniversary Prize, which acknowledged the globally important work of our Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research.