Dr Katie J. Field is an Associate Professor in Plant-Soil Processes and a BBSRC Translational Research Fellow in the Centre for Plant Sciences at the University of Leeds. She completed her PhD (2009) and postdoctoral research (2009-2015) at the University of Sheffield before moving to Leeds as a University Academic Fellow. Her primary research interests lie in how environmental change over the past 500 million years has driven evolution and functioning of the plant-fungal interactions that now occur in over 80% of plant species, including many staple crops. Katie’s background is in plant and fungal physiology, using field ecology coupled with physiology to untangle how carbon and nutrients are exchanged between crops and their fungi partners and how this may be affected by future changes in climate and management.