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Land use - Freshwater - Soil
My research focuses on two key themes:
Firstly, soil and water interactions - primarily focusing on carbon and nutrient pathways across a landscape from field to lake (and sometimes as far as to the sea), with a particular interest in sediment and water interactions driven by land-use and/or climate change. With a background in limnology - carbon sequestration and algal response to nutrient and climate changes - I have more recently begun to be involved with peat land, salt marsh and soil carbon projects.
Secondly, I am passionate about sustainable nature friendly farming - aiming to gather evidence and promote ways of sustainably managing land that is not only beneficial for nature and the environment, but importantly is viable for the business enterprise. Owning a 12-acre smallholding, being involved in entrepreneurial start-up businesses (such as creating the One Pound Challenge) and being a farmers son - I have a keen sense that my science must be applicable to the real world and developed by engaging with the people it will impact and hopefully benefit. Therefore, I enjoy connecting with farmers and land managers to hear their experiences of innovative nature-based farming - collating these experiences alongside high quality scientific data and monitoring - to ultimately help inform policy direction and share knowledge.
A key part of my work is increasingly to gather high-quality data and communicate the key findings in ways that is accessible to all interested parties. I believe clear communication through a variety of platforms is vital to bring people together, to share knowledge and ultimately move forward to a better future of sustainable environmental management - where we work in harmony with nature.
The application of good impactful science requires a variety of voices to be brought together to develop a narrative that will change the way we manage the land and environment - uniting people to a common goal - rather than keeping science, policy and business as separate silos that often clash, although their aims ultimately are the same - to create a productive healthy environment.
Furthermore, high-quality communication to the genal public is vital to lead the way in changing the narratives on environmental, economic and social issues. I am increasingly fascinated by the role of various media outlets in their ability to guide and shape the narratives of science communication - I believe communication should be hope filled and inspiring to see a state shift in people's approach to engaging with our natural environment - my own personal attempt to provide this hope and inspiration comes through a YouTube channel following life on my 12-acre small holding in rural North-West Wales on the island of Anglesey (Paradwys Diaries - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcKVPvuCeczPVE6qw-NQTw).
Current projects and activities
I am often out in the field collecting core monitoring data and enjoy speaking to, developing and uniting networks of people to connect and share experiences and ideas. My key strength is strategic management and understanding the core message of a topic for effective communication to a variety of end-users.
My main projects currently are;
- ERAMMP - where I support engagement and outrach to build strong working relationships with partners and communicate to a broad audience about the impactful work within the programe, supporting Welsh Govennment with a robust monitoring, modelling and evidence provision for policy and land management in the Welsh Environment.
- Fabulous Farmers - where I help drive forward the scientific evidence to support farmers in the transition to more agro-ecological practices on their farms. The project aims to reduce the reliance on external inputs, like chemical fertilisers and pesticides, by encouraging the use of methods and interventions that increase the farm’s Functional AgroBiodiversity (FAB). These are targeted measures of biodiversity in and around the field to improve pollination, pest management, soil and water quality on the farmland.
- SOC-D - where I support the long-term soil and water monitoring in Wales through fieldwork.
2020 - Present - Soil & Water Biogeochemist (research associate), UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor
2018-2019 - Wetland Biogeochemist (maternity cover), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor
2018 - Ozone Research Assistant, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor
2014-2018 - PhD studentship (funded by CENTA), Geography and Environment, Loughborough University
2018 - PhD Lake biogeochemistry, Geography and Environment, Loughborough University
2013 - BSc 1st class (hons) Geography and Sport Science, Loughborough University
Hayes, F., Harmens, H., Sharps, K., Radbourne, A. D. (2020). Ozone dose-response relationships for tropical crops reveal potential threat to legume and wheat production, but not to millets. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2020.e00482
Keaveney, E.M., Radbourne, A.D., McGowan, S., Ryves, D.B., Reimer, P.J. (2020). Source and quantity of carbon influence its sequestration in Rostherne Mere (UK) sediment: a novel application of stepped combustion radiocarbon analysis. Journal of Paleolimnology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10933-020-00141-1
Ryves, D.B., Leng, M.J., Barker, P.A., Snelling, A.M., Sloane, H.J., Arrowsmith, C., Tyler, J.J., Scott, D.R., Radbourne, A.D., Anderson, N.J. (2020). Understanding the transfer of contemporary temperature signals into lake sediments via paired oxygen isotope ratios in carbonates and diatom silica: Problems and potential. Chemical Geology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2020.119705
Radbourne, A.D., Ryves, D. B. (2020). Experimental assessment and implications of long-term within-trap mineralization of seston in lake trapping studies. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. https://doi.org/10.1002/lom3.10369
Radbourne, A. D., Evans, C., Monteith, D. (2019). Evaluation of three sub-programmes in the Swedish National Air Monitoring Programme. Swedish Environment Protection Agency comissioned report. http://www.naturvardsverket.se/upload/miljoarbete-i-samhallet/miljoarbete-i-sverige/miljoovervakning/Luft/ceh-sepa-report-2019.pdf
Radbourne, A. D., Ryves, D. B., Madgwick, G., Anderson, N. J. (2019). The influence of climate change on the restoration trajectory of a nutrient rich deep lake. Ecosystems. doi.org/10.1007/s10021-019-00442-1
Harmens, H., Hayes, F., Sharps, K., Radbourne, A., Mills, G. (2019). Can reduced irrigation mitigate ozone impacts on an ozone-sensitive African wheat variety? Plants, 220; doi: 10.3390/plants8070220
Radbourne, A. D., Elliott, J. A., Maberly, S. C., Ryves, D. B., Anderson, N. J. (2019). The impacts of changing nutrient load and climate on a deep, eutrophic, monomictic lake. Freshwater Biology, 64, 1169– 1182. doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13293
Lacey, J. H., Leng, M. J., Vane, C. H., Radbourne, A. D., Yang, H. & Ryves, D. B. (2018). Assessing human impact on Rostherne Mere, UK, using the geochemistry of organic matter. Anthropocene, 21, 52-65. doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2018.02.002
Radbourne, A. D. (2018). Disentangling the impacts of nutrient enrichment and climatic forcing as key drivers of change at Rostherne Mere. PhD Thesis, Loughborough University. See Loughborough Repository.
Radbourne, A. D., Ryves, D. B., Anderson, N. J. & Scott, D. R. (2017). The historical dependency of organic carbon burial efficiency. Limnology and Oceanography, 62, 1480 - 1497. doi.org/10.1002/lno.10512
Radbourne, A.R.; Ryves, D.B.; Anderson, N.J.; Scott, D.R. (2018). Organic carbon burial calculation using sediment trap and sediment core records from Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK (1360-2016). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/8616c1a0-6c6d-441c-9b10-8464dc4ee346
Radbourne, A.D.; Ryves, D.B.; Anderson, N.J. (2018). Lake and catchment nutrient, ecology and hydrology monitoring of Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK (2016-2017). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/5c6b2bcb-6b10-4c57-a595-ce94a655e709
Radbourne, A.D.; Ryves, D.B; Anderson, N.J. (2018). Sediment trap diatom assemblages from Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK (2004-2017). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/16f52064-a19d-4cf5-a388-aff04a592179
Radbourne, A.D.; Elliott, J.A.; Maberly, S.C.; Ryves, D.B.; Anderson, N.J. (2018). Potential future scenarios of nutrient and climate change using the model PROTECH at Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK (2016-2100). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/2f0eae1c-1512-4823-9cbe-cb54f05ee996
Radbourne, A. D. & Ryves, D. B. (2019). Secrets deep within: exploring the sediment archive (ch. 11). In; Wall & Wall (eds), Rostherne Mere: Aspects of a wetland nature reserve. Wildlife, people and science through time.