Dr Bas Boots

Lecturer in Biology

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

I’m a soil ecologist by training. I enjoy exploring linkages between ecosystem functioning and microbes in a wide variety of habitats. My approach is interdisciplinary; merging ecology, microbiology, environmental science and biogeochemistry.



I joined Anglia Ruskin University in February 2019 as a Lecturer in Biology, but before that I was already responsible for several modules as associate lecturer. I have previously worked as a post-doc at the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick and the School of Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin, both large international and interdisciplinary projects funded by the EU.

I enjoy teaching and I endeavour to incorporate progress of current research into my teaching so I can offer our students research-led content on the most up-to-date state of knowledge.

Spoken Languages

English, Dutch

Research interests

My research interests are very interdisciplinary and are related to linking microbes, animals, plants and ecosystem functioning: from genes to ecosystems including environmental science, soil ecology, anthropogenic pollution, microbiology, ecosystem functioning, molecular techniques. During my academic career I have worked on exploring:

• Relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

• Relationships between microbial communities and animals & their diet including insects, bivalves and cattle.

• Anthropogenic disturbances and soil ecology.

• Biogeochemistry, biodiversity and ecology of soils, water and sediment.

• Development of technologies to detect pathogens and parasites in the environment.

• Effects of microplastic pollution on ecosystems.

Areas of research supervision

I welcome applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in carrying out research projects in areas of biology and/or ecology.

I am currently supervising several BSc and MSc students, and a PhD student who conduct research ranging from soil ecology, microplastic pollution, microbiology and other interesting areas of environmental research.


BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour, BSc (Hons) Marine and Terrestrial Conservation and BSc (Hons) Zoology lecturer for:

  • MOD007178 Principles of Biology.
  • MOD007180 Animal Health & Disease.

MSc Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation and MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation lecturer for:

  • MOD003371 Research Methods


• MSc in Soil Water Atmosphere (Environmental Sciences), Wageningen University, Wageningen the Netherlands.

• PhD in Environmental Microbiology, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

• P.G. Cert. in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Memberships, editorial boards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Selected recent publications

Green D.S., Kregting L., Boots B. (2020) Smoked cigarette butt leachate impacts survival and behaviour of freshwater invertebrates. Environmental Pollution, 266, 115285.

Boots B., Russell C.W., Green D.S. (2019) Effects of microplastics in soil ecosystems: Above and below ground. Environmental Science and Technology, 53.

Green D., Boots B., Da Silva Carvalho J., Starkey T. (2019) Cigarette butts have adverse effects on initial growth of perennial ryegrass (gramineae: Lolium perenne L.) and white clover (leguminosae: Trifolium repens L.). Exotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 182, 109418. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 137.

Green D., Kregting L., Boots B., Blockley D., Brickle P., da Costa M., Crowley Q. (2018) A comparison of sampling methods for seawater microplastics and a first report of the microplastic litter in coastal waters of Ascension and Falkland Islands. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Keith, AM., Boots B., Stromberger ME., Schmidt O. (2018) Consequences of long-term anecic earthworm removal for earthworm assemblages and nutrient cycling in a grassland. Pedobiologia 66, 65-73.

Green D., Christie H., Pratt N., Boots B., Godbold J., Solan M. (2017) Effects of elevated temperature and atmospheric CO2 on the health and functioning of competing oysters. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 582, 93-103.

D’Ugo E., Marcheggiani S., Giuseppetti R., Boots B, Sdanganelli M., Grasso C., Magurano F., Mancini L. (2017) Detection of Coxiella burnetii in urban river water. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 17, 514-516.

Green D., Boots B., O’Connor N., Thompson R. (2017) Microplastics affect the ecological functioning of an important biogenic habitat. Environmental Science and Technology, 51, 68-77.

Recent presentations and conferences

I have presented some of our most recent research on microplastics and cigarette butts on TV, radio and various online media.