Particular interest in soils, biogeochemical and ecosystem science. Specific topics include; impact of land management on natural capital and ecosystem services; change in soil structure and function; impacts of nitrogen pollution; impacts of climate change on soils and ecosystem function; new knowledge systems exploiting advances in computer science. Science focus is on biogeochemical cycling and implications for ecosystem structure and function including the nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, vegetation composition, water quality and greenhouse gas emissions. Techniques include national-scale surveys and monitoring, large long-term, field-scale manipulation experiments, range of field and laboratory techniques including the use of natural and enriched isotopes at the field scale and collaboration with ecosystem modellers. Income generation has come from a wide range of funders including NERC, BBSRC, EPSRC, DEFRA, EU and the Welsh Government. Work is focussed on supporting policy development and improving the evidence base. Current H index is 47 (Web of Science). Total number of ISI publications = 141.
Head of Soils and Land Use Science Area for CEH. Resposibility for 55 staff across 3 CEH sites working in a mix of research areas involving all apsects of soil health and land use including various aspects of ecosystem services, natural capital and the land-sea interface.
Head of CEH Bangor station.
2017 - Appointed as CEH Science Area Head for Soils and Land Use. Retain Head of Site CEH Bangor duties.
2009 - 2017 Return to duties as Head of Site CEH Bangor; Head of ‘Emmett’ Section (Band 3[S]); and appointed Leader of CEH Soils Science Area
2008 - 2008 Acting CEH Director Biogeochemistry (Band 2 [S]) (6 months)
2004 - 2008 Head of Site Bangor, Deputy Director of Biogeochemistry, CEH, and Head of ‘Emmett’ Section (Band 3[S])
2001 - 2004 Director of CEH-Bangor, Band 3[S]
1998 - 2001 Principal Scientific Officer Band 4 [S], Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH - a organisation formed from 4 NERC Institutes: ITE, IFE, IH and IVEM)
1994 - 1998 Senior Scientific Officer Band 5 [S], ITE Bangor
1988 - 1994 Higher Scientific Officer Band 6 [S], Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (ITE), Bangor
- Marsh Award for Climate Change Research, British Ecological Society, 2016
- Honorary Professorship, Bangor University, 2009
- PhD (Soil Ecology) University of Exeter 1990.
- Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours, Plant Science) University of Aberdeen 1985.
- Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW)
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)
- Fellow of the British Soil Science Society
- Member of the British Ecological Society