Professional summary

David is a Principal research scientist at UKCEH specialising in soil science and monitoring. He is responsible for UKCEH soil observatories and elements of national soil monitoring in the UK. In addition, his research interests focus on soil physics including soil hydrology, structure and erosion. Moreover, he investigates soil physical function and its interplay with biology, within the wider context of soil monitoring and ecosystem service assessment in response to climate and land use change drivers.

His team runs rigorous research using the latest modelling and measurement approaches including advanced sensors, smartphone technology and genomics for biological assessment. He has served the community in a number of roles including as a co-lead author for the 2015 United Nations Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, first World Soil Resources Report. Most recently, he served on the foresight panel for the EU Mission Board on Soil Health and Food.

Web tools and apps

UK Soil Observatory:

UKCEH Countryside Survey Soil Health Webtool SOil funDamentals (SOD):


Selected publications