Dr Katie Field

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield,
Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

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PIP Independent Research Fellow (January 2015 – present)

NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate (Researcher/Co-I), University of Sheffield (January 2012 – December 2014) Origin and co-evolution of land plant-fungal symbioses during the "greening of the Earth.

NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield (March 2009 – December 2011) The functional significance of symbiotic fungal association in lower land plants.

PhD – The functional significance of genetic diversity in plants: an environmental metabolomics approach. University of Sheffield (2005-2008).

BSc. (Hons) Plant Sciences, Durham University (2002-2005).


Research interests:

Plant-fungal associations in 'lower' plants - Function of arbuscular mycorrhiza-like associations in primitive extant key plant taxa, spanning 400MY of land plant evolution through measurement of carbon and phosphorus fluxes between plants and fungal partners using radioisotope tracing alongside other physiological and metabolomic techniques. Recent work focussing on the relationship between the very most basal group of plant-symbiotic fungi and their liverwort partners.

Environmental metabolomics

Plant nutrition - Nitrogen and phosphorus metabolism and the impact of atmospheric CO2 on these processes

Genotype-phenotype-environment interactions - Using environmental metabolomic techniques to investigate plant plasticity at a biochemical level and the role of genetic diversity within communities.

Other responsibilities and memberships:

Associate Editor for the journal Functional Ecology (2013 – present)

Animal and Plant Sciences Athena SWAN committee member (2012 – present)

Invited reviewer for many plant science journals including Journal of Experimental Botany, Physiologia Plantarum and Plant Biology (2007 – present)

BBSRC grant reviewer

Member of BES, BMSS, British Pteridological Society and PEPG  SIG (2011 – present)


Field KJ, Duckett JG, Cameron DD, Pressel S (2015) Stomatal density and aperture in non-vascular land plants are non-responsive to above-ambient atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Annals of Botany (In press)

Field KJ, Leake JR, Tille S, Allinson KE, Rimington WR, Beerling DJ, Cameron DD (2015) From parasitism to mutualism: mycorrhiza specificity and functioning in Ophioglossum vulgatum sporophytes. New Phytologist 205: 1492-1502.

Field KJ, Rimington WR, Bidartondo MI, Allinson KE, Beerling DJ, Cameron DD, Duckett  JG, Leake JR, Pressel S. (2015) First evidence of mutualisms between ancient land plants and fungi of the Mucoromycotina and their responses to Palaeozoic changes in atmospheric CO2.  New Phytologist 205: 743-756.

Field, K.J.,
George, R.M., Fearn, B., Quick, W.P. and Davey M.P. (2013) Best of both worlds: simultaneous high-light and shade-tolerance adaptations within individual leaves of the living stone Lithops aucampiae. PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075671

Brunetti, C., George, R.M., Tattini, M., Field, K.J.& Davey, M.P. (2013) Metabolomics in plant environmental physiology. Journal of Experimental Botany, doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert244 http://jxb.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/08/05/jxb.ert244.short

Field, K.J., Cameron, D.D, Leake, J. R., Tille, S. & Beerling, D.J. (2012) Contrasting arbuscular mycorrhizal responses of vascular and non-vascular plants to a simulated Palaeozoic CO2 decline. Nature Communications 3:835 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1831 (http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n5/full/ncomms1831.html)

Field, K.J. and Lake, J.A. (2011) Environmental metabolomics links genotype to phenotype and predicts genotype abundance in wild plants. Physiologia Plantarum 142(4), 352-360
Lake, J.A., Field, K.J., Davey, M.P., Lomax, B.H. & Beerling, D.J. (2009) Metabolomic and physiological responses reveal multi-phasic acclimation of Arabidopsis thaliana to chronic UV radiation. Plant, Cell and Environment, 32(10), 1377-1389.

Wilson, P.B., Estavillo, G.M., Field, K.J., Pornsiriwong, W., Carrol, A.J., Howell, K.A., Woo, N.S., Lake, J.A., Smith, S.M., Millar, A.H., von Caemmerer, S. & Pogson, B.J. (2009) The nucleotidase/phosphatease, SAL1, is a negative regulator or drought tolerance in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal, 58, 299-317.

Conference posters/papers:

The evolution and functioning of plant-fungal symbioses. Invited seminar Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (Nov. 2013)

The evolution and functioning of plant-fungal symbioses. Invited seminar: Nature of Life Seminar Series, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands (Nov.2013)

Co-evolution and functioning of plant-fungal symbioses in a changing CO2 atmosphere. Invited seminar: Manchester Metropolitan University (Nov. 2013)

The evolution and metabolic functioning of plant-fungal symbioses. Invited poster: Royal Society UK-China Frontiers of Science Symposium, Beijing, China (May 2013)

Atmospheric CO2 and the functional symbiosis between basal land plants and their fungal partners. Oral presentation: International Conference on Mycorrhiza, New Delhi, India (Jan. 2013)

The evolution and functioning of fungal symbiosis from liverworts to higher plants. Oral presentations and invited seminar: International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia (Jul. 2011), BES Annual Meeting, Sheffield (Aug. 2011) and Ecology and Environment Seminar series, University of Sheffield (Aug. 2012)

The functional and evolutionary significance of symbiotic fungal associations in ‘lower’ land plants. Oral presentation: Botany 2010, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (Jul. 2010)

Functional and evolutionary significance of mycorrhizal associations in ‘lower’ land plants Poster presentation: “The colonization of the terrestrial environment” (Sept. 2010) 25th New Phytologist Annual Symposium, Bristol
The functional and evolutionary significance of mycorrhizal associations in ‘lower’ land plants. Invited seminar: Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, (Oct. 2009)

A COST 870 workshop on molecular ecology of AM fungi. Poster presentation: International Conference on Mycorrhiza, 2009, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Does genetic diversity in plants matter? An environmental metabolomics approach. Oral presentations: SEB annual meeting, Marseille, France (Jul. 2008) and BES Annual Meeting, Imperial College, London (Aug. 2008)

Does genetic diversity in plants matter? An environmental metabolomics approach (winner of student session poster prize) Poster presentation: BES annual meeting, Imperial College, London (Jul. 2008)

The functional significance of genetic diversity in plants. Invited seminars: ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, UWA, Perth and ANU, Canberra, Australia (Feb. 2007)

Plant plasticity and nutrient stress in Carex caryophyllea Oral presentation: BES annual meeting, Glasgow. (Aug. 2007) 

Analysis of plant plasticity to UV-B radiation using the novel approach of metabolomic fingerprinting. Poster presentation: BES Annual Meeting, University of Oxford (Aug. 2006