Payne Richard JohnID SCOPUS: 35240900600



Environment Departmen

University of York




Tel: 01904 324960






  •  Peatlands and climate
  • Applied palaeoecology
  • Air pollution impacts


1.09.17 – 28.02.21 – Peatlands and climate change:linking the past with the future
1.01.16 – 30.06.19 – Carbon accumulation and loss in afforested peatlands
1.09.15 – 31.08.17 – Testing climate forcing of peatland carbon accumulation using testate amoebae



  1. Payne, R. J., Toet, S., Ashmore, M. R., Jassey, V. E. J. & Gilbert, D. Impacts of tropospheric ozone exposure on peatland microbial consumers // Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 1 Dec 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.012
  2. Creevy, A., Andersen, R., Rowson, J. G. & Payne, R. J. Testate amoebae as functionally significant bioindicators in forest-to-bog restoration // Ecological Indicators. 30 Aug 2017.
  3. Payne, R. J.& 46 others  Soil protistology rebooted: 30 fundamental questions to start with // Soil Biology and BiochemistryAug 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.04.001
  4. Novenko, E. Y., Tsyganov, A. N., Payne, R. J., Mazei, N., Volkova, E. M., Chernyshov, V., Kupryianov, D. & Mazei, Y. A. Vegetation dynamics and fire history at the southern boundary of the forest vegetation zone in European Russia during the middle and late Holocene // The Holocene. 29 Jul 2017. DOI: 10.1177/0959683617721331
  5. Ratcliffe, J., Creevy, A., Andersen, R., Zarov, E., Gaffney, P., Taggart, M. A., Mazei, Y., Tsyganov, A. N., Rowson, J. G., Lapshina, E. D. & Payne, R. J. Ecological and environmental transition across the forested-to-open bog ecotone in a west Siberian peatland // SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. 27 Jul 2017. DOI: 1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.276
  6. Ratcliffe, J., Andersen, R., Anderson, R., newton, A., Campbell, D., Mauquoy, D. &Payne, R. J. Contemporary carbon fluxes do not reflect the long-term carbon balance for an Atlantic blanket bog // The Holocene. 15 Jun 2017.
  7. Payne, R. J., Dise, N. B., Field, C. D., Dore, A., Caporn, S. J. M. & Stevens, C. J. Nitrogen deposition and plant biodiversity: past, present and future // Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 11 Jun 2017.
  8. Mazei, Y., Chernyshov, V., Bukhkalo , S., Mazei, N., Сreevy, A. & Payne, R. J. Exploring the diversity and ecology of testate amoebae in West Siberian peatlands // Acta Protozoologica. 6 Jun 2017.
  9. Qin, Y., Payne, R. J., Gu, Y., Mazei, Y. & Wang, Y. Short-term response of testate amoebae to wildfire // Applied Soil Ecology. 25 Apr 2017
  10. Duggan, I. & Payne, R. J. Revisiting Elton’s copepods: lake construction has altered the distribution and composition of calanoid copepods in the British Isles // Aquatic Invasions. 3 Apr 2017.
  11. Mulot, M., Marcisz, K., Grandgirard, L., Lara, E., Kosakyan, A., Robroek, B. J. M., Lamentowicz, M., Payne, R. J. & Mitchell, E. A. D. Genetic Determinism vs. Phenotypic Plasticity in Protist Morphology // Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 28 Mar 2017
  12. Payne, R. J.Managing for nitrogen, the lesser of two evils. A response to Maes et al. // Biological Conservation. 13 Mar 2017
  13. Woodhouse, E. L., Ratcliffe, J. L., Andersen, R., Suggitt, A., Maclean, I. & Payne, R. J. A Modest Addendum to the English Sediment Core Meta-Database // Open Quaternary. 20 Feb 2017.
  14. Van Bellen, S., Mauquoy, D., Payne, R. J., Roland, T., Hughes, P., Daley, T., Loader, N., Street-Perrott, F. A., Rice, E. & Pancotto, V. An alternative approach to transfer functions?: Testing the performance of a functional trait-based model for testate amoebae // Palaeogeography palaeoclimatology palaeoecology. 15 Feb 2017
  15. Payne, R. J. The Wetland Book. Peatlands of the Mediterranean Region. SPRINGER. Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter. 30 Jan 2017.
  16. Payne, R. J. Quantitative reconstruction of peatland hydrological regime with fossil testate amoebae communities // Russian Journal of Ecology. 1 Jan 2017.
  17. Amesbury, M. J., Swindles, G. T., Bobrov, A., Charman, D. J., Holden, J., Lamentowicz, M., Mallon, G., Mazei, Y., Mitchell, E. A. D., Payne, R. J., Roland, T. P., Turner, T. E. & Warner, B. G. Development of a new pan-European testate amoeba transfer function for reconstructing peatland palaeohydrology // Quaternary Science Reviews. 15 Nov 2016
  18. Payne, R. J. Can on-site management mitigate nitrogen deposition impacts in non-wooded habitats? // Biological Conservation. 2 Jul 2016.
  19. Payne, R. J., Creevy, A., Malysheva, E., Ratcliffe, J., Andersen, R., Tsyganov, A. N., Rowson, J. G., Marcisz, K., Zielińska, M., Lamentowicz, M., Lapshina, E. D. & Mazei, Y. Tree encroachment may lead to functionally-significant changes in peatland testate amoeba communities // Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 1 Jul 2016.
  20. Payne, R. J. Palaeoecological studies as a source of peat depth data: A discussion and data compilation for Scotland // Mires and Peat. 21 Jun 2016.
  21. Payne, R. J., Ratcliffe, J., Andersen, R. & Flitcroft, C. E. A meta-database of peatland palaeoecology in Great Britain // Palaeogeography palaeoclimatology palaeoecology. 25 May 2016.
  22. Payne, R. J., Babeshko, K. V., van Bellen, S., Blackford, J. J., Booth, R. K., Charman, D. J., Ellershaw, M. R., Gilbert, D., Hughes, P. D. M., Jassey, V. E. J., Lamentowicz, Ł., Lamentowicz, M., Malysheva, E. A., Mauquoy, D., Mazei, Y., Mitchell, E. A. D., Swindles, G. T., Tsyganov, A. N., Turner, T. E. & Telford, R. J. Significance testing testate amoeba water table reconstructions // Quaternary Science Reviews. 15 Apr 2016.
  23. van Bellen, S., Mauquoy, D., Hughes, P. D. M., Roland, T. P., Daley, T. J., Loader, N. J., Street-Perrott, F. A., Rice, E. M., Pancotto, V. A. & Payne, R. J. Late-Holocene climate dynamics recorded in the peat bogs of Tierra del Fuego, South America // The Holocene. 1 Mar 2016.
  24. Mazei, Y., Belyakova, O., Coppellotti, O. & Payne, R. J. Testate amoeba communities of epilithic mosses and lichens: New data from Russia, Switzerland and Italy // Acta Protozoologica. 17 Feb 2016.
  25. Stevens, C. J., Payne, R. J., Kimberley, A. & Smart, S. M. How will the semi-natural vegetation of the UK have changed by 2030 given likely changes in nitrogen deposition? // Environmental pollution. Jan 2016.
  26. Tsyganov, A. N., Mityaeva, O., Mazei, Y. & Payne, R. J. Testate amoeba transfer function performance along localised hydrological gradients // European Journal of Protistology. 12 Dec 2015.
  27. Jassey, V. E. J., Signarbieux, C., Hättenschwiler, S., Bragazza, L., Buttler, A., Delarue, F., Fournier, B., Gilbert, D., Laggoun-Défarge, F., Lara, E., T. E. Mills, R., Mitchell, E. A. D., Payne, R. J. & Robroek, B. J. M. An unexpected role for mixotrophs in the response of peatland carbon cycling to climate warming // Scientific Reports. 25 Nov 2015.
  28. Payne, R. J., Belyakova, O. & Mazei, Y. Diversity and community ecology of forest epiphyte testate amoebae from European Russia // European Journal of Protistology. Oct 2015.
  29. Novenko, E. Y., Tsyganov, A. N., Volkova, E. M., Babeshko, K. V., Lavrentiev, N. V.,Payne, R. J.& Mazei, Y. A. The Holocene paleoenvironmental history of central European Russia reconstructed from pollen, plant macrofossil, and testate amoeba analyses of the Klukva peatland, Tula region // QUATERNARY RESEARCH. May 2015.
  30. Mazei, Y., Chernyshov, V., Tsyganov, A. N. & Payne, R. J. Testing the Effect of Refrigerated Storage on Testate Amoeba Samples // Microbial Ecology. 2015.
  31. Caporn, S. J. M., Carroll, J. A., Dise, N. B. & Payne, R. J. Impacts and indicators of nitrogen deposition in moorlands: Results from a national pollution gradient study // Ecological Indicators. Oct 2014.
  32. Payne, R. J. A natural experiment suggests little direct temperature forcing of the peatland palaeoclimate record // Journal of Quaternary Science. Aug 2014.
  33. Field, C. D., Dise, N. B., Payne, R. J., Britton, A. J., Emmett, B. A., Helliwell, R. C., Hughes, S., Jones, L., Lees, S., Leake, J. R., Leith, I. D., Phoenix, G. K., Power, S. A., Sheppard, L. J., Southon, G. E., Stevens, C. J. & Caporn, S. J. M. The role of nitrogen deposition in widespread plant community change across semi-natural habitats // Ecosystems. Aug 2014.
  34. Blackford, J. J., Payne, R. J., Heggen, M. P., de la Riva Caballero, A. & van der Plicht, J. Age and impacts of the caldera-forming Aniakchak II eruption in western Alaska // QUATERNARY RESEARCH. Jul 2014.
  35. Payne, R. J., Caporn, S. J. M., Field, C. D., Carroll, J. A., Edmondson, J. L., Britton, A. & Dise, N. B. Heather Moorland Vegetation and Air Pollution: A Comparison and Synthesis of Three National Gradient Studies // Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. Jul 2014.
  36. Van Bellen, S., Mauquoy, D., Payne, R. J., Roland, T. P., Daley, T. J., Hughes, P. D. M., Loader, N. J., Street-Perrott, F. A., Rice, E. M. & Pancotto, V. A. Testate amoebae as a proxy for reconstructing Holocene water table dynamics in southern Patagonian peat bogs // Journal of Quaternary Science. Jul 2014.
  37. Mitchell, E. A. D., Lamentowicz, M., Payne, R. J. & Mazei, Y. Effect of taxonomic resolution on ecological and palaeoecological inference: A test using testate amoeba water table depth transfer functions // Quaternary Science Reviews. 1 May 2014.