I am a soil scientist with more than 15 years experience in international soils research, with interests in land, soil and water management, soil natural capital and ecosystem service evaluation. I'm particularly interested in the measurement of soil moisture and understanding soil physical processes that contribute to the delivery of ecosystem services.
I currently run a national soil monitoring scheme for Wales and I am also actively involved in the development of the UK Soil Observatory web portal and the mySoil iphone app.
APPOINTMENTS AND TRAINING
10/2009 – Present Soil Scientist Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
10/2009 – Present Adjunct Assoc. Professor Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA
01/2008 – 10/2009 Senior Lecturer Univ. of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
10/2005 – 10/2009 Adjunct Asst. Professor Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA
10/2005 – 01/2008 Operations Director CUAHSI HMF Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
11/2004 – 10/2005 Res. Asst. Professor Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA
06/2003 – 11/2004 Research Associate Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA
04/2001 – 04/2003 Research Scientist USDA-ARS Salinity Lab, Riverside, CA, USA
11/1998 – 03/2001 Postdoc The Volcani Center (ARO), Israel
RECENT RESEARCH FUNDING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Fellow, NERC Knowledge Exchange, soils (2015-2018)
Project manger, Wales Axis II Glastir monitoring and evaluation program, soil task lead (2012-2016)
Co-PI NERC Urgency Grant flooding impact on soils (2014-2015)
Co-PI NERC STARS Doctoral training program Soil Science, Project Mangement Board (2014-2019)
Project manager EU SoilTrEC, Project Mangement Board (2011-2014)
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS, RECOGNITION & DEVELOPMENT:
2003 Soil Science Society of America: Editors citation for excellence in manuscript review for VZJ.
2005 Soil Science Society of America: S-1 Early Career Award in Soil Physics
2006 Soil Science Society of America: S-6 Soil & Water Management & Conservation Early Career Award
2011 Soil Science Society of America: Associate Editor Excellence Award, Vadose Zone Journal
2014 Association for Geographic information: Excellence with impact award for UKSO
2015 Soil Science Society of America: Fellow
2015 United Nations, Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) Report chapter lead.
PhD Soil Physics, 1999: Soil water content estimates based on the measurement of soil relative permittivity: Use of capacitance, time domain reflectometry and impedance sensors, Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxon, and Univ. of Ulster, UK.
BSc Soils and the Environment with Sedimentary Geology, 1994: 2:1 (Honours) Reading University, UK.
Soil Science Society of America (Fellow)
British Soil Science Society (Fellow)
Personal web page: http//sites.google.com/site/davidrobinsonsoils/
UK Soil Observatory: www.ukso.org/