Professional summary

Research Interests

I am interested in carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems in relation to climate and land-use change.  I specialize in trace gases analysis (CO2, CH4, and N2O), isotope labelling, and soil processing and analysis (carbon and nitrogen content, pH, microbial phospholipid fatty acid composition, etc.).

Current projects I am involved in include:

  • LOCKED-UP - Investigating the role of biotic and abiotic interactions in the stabilisation and persistence of SOC, with particular interest in organo-mineral complexes.
  • SOC-D - Investigating soil organic carbon dynamics and the consequences for soil function
  • SUNRISE SE Asia - Working with partners in Malaysia (WildAsia, University of Nottingham Malaysia) to co-develop sustainable oil palm farming practices with the guiding principles of reducing impacts on the environment, maintaining or enhancing land productivity, and delivering socio-economic benefits to smallholder communities
  • ARLA Benefits from Herbal Leys - Looking at carbon stocks in managed grasslands along an age gradient


Some recent work includes the U-GRASS project, looking at effects of land management and environmental change on soil processes and soil security in grass and croplands across the UK, with particular focus on carbon and nitrogen use efficiency (CUE and NUE); EcoTraits, a project examining the effects of individual species and species mixtures in grasslands in the Yorkshire Dales through mesocosm and field plot experiments and isotope pulse labelling; and the Boreal Nitrogen Gap project, which investigated carbon and nitrogen cycling along a forest fire chronosequence in the Boreal forest, using field measurements and laboratory incubation experiments.

For publications, please see Researchgate

Brief CV

  • 2015 - Present: Researcher (Biogeochemistry), Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster
  • 2012 - 2015: Research Associate (Biogeochemistry), Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster
  • 2011: Water Chemistry Technician, Dorset Environmental Science Centre, Canada
  • 2010 - 2011: Biology Assistant, University of Western Ontario, Canada


BSc (Hons), Honors Specialization Environmental Science, The University of Western Ontario, 2010