Using the latest omic technologies to tackle new questions in biodiversity, climate change and wildlife diseases.


Population genomics

Our research has allowed NERC scientists to understand genomic variation within populations and how this enables species to adapt and evolve in response to a changing environment.


We will allow environmental scientists to access new methods to use protein signatures to rapidly distinguish species, detect pathogens within the environment and to analyse the response of organisms to their environment.

Eukaryotic genome assembly and analysis

New methods in genomics allow the genome sequence of any species to be determined and used to understand how that genome functions in the natural environment.

Bacterial communities and pathogens

Our capability is allowing NERC researchers to uncover the incredible diversity of microbial communities within freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments and to track pathogens in animals and humans.

Gene expression and epigenetics

Our research allows NERC scientists to uncover how the activity of genes is controlled and allows organisms to survive in different habitats and give rise to the diversity of form between species.

eDNA and biodiversity

Our research has allowed NERC researchers to rapidly assay biodiversity in ecological communities, including through the monitoring of environmental DNA.


We will enable researchers to access the latest methods to analyse the huge variety of compounds produced by organisms in the natural environment and the analyse the ways in which members of microbial communities interact through the metabolites that they produce.


We provide a wide range of informatic analysis from de novo assembly of genomes to analysis of transcription and protein expression and from genomic analysis of microbial communities to metabolic analysis of species interactions. Informatics is linked to lab-based generation of data and training to empower the next generation of environmental scientists.


Examples of the work we have supported from the Liverpool and Sheffield nodes of the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (the predecessor to NEOF). As NEOF starts to deliver projects, these examples will be updated.

Meiotic drive reduces egg-to-adult viability in stalk-eyed flies (2019)

Individual variation in early-life telomere length and survival in a wild mammal (2019)

Parallel evolution of complex centipede venoms revealed by comparative proteotranscriptomic analyses (2019)

Divergent national-scale trends of microbial and animal biodiversity revealed across diverse temperate soil ecosystems (2019)

Gradients in richness and turnover of a forest passerine’s diet prior to breeding: A mixed model approach applied to faecal metabarcoding data (2020)

Lack of long-term acclimation in Antarctic encrusting species suggests vulnerability to warming (2020)

Bumblebee colony density on farmland (2021)

Environmental monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 (2021)


Providing courses and online resources to develop your skills in environmental omics.

Bioinformatics courses

We will provide training courses to support a range of capabilities including, for example, genome assembly, metabarcoding, population genomics and RNA sequencing.


Our Visitor Facility is located in the Molecular Ecology Laboratory at the University of Sheffield and open to eligible researchers through our enquiry process.


Empowering the next generation of environmental researchers.

If you would like more information about NEOF and the services we offer, or make any other enquiry, please complete our form.