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I am a soil ecologist and I'm interested in the links between the atmosphere, plants and the soil. Specifically, I am interested how climate and land-use affect the plant-soil interaction. I use field monitoring and experimental work to develop a deeper understanding of soil processes. I am especially interested in the role of the soil microbial community in nutrient cycling.
In my current position, I study the effects of environmental change (climate and land-use) on biogeochemical carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling. I study how physical, chemical and biological soil properties influence each other. In particular, I examine whether soil available carbon and nutrients, as well as related biogeochemical processes, are suitable predictors of three soil-mediated ecosystem services (aboveground biomass productivity, carbon storage, and soil water regulation) at site, catchment and national scales.
My previous research has included understanding soil carbon turnover (cycling and storage) under changing climatic conditions (elevated atmospheric CO2, warming and drought) using stable carbon isotopes (natural abundance and labelling) in the field and in the laboratory. As part of the Macronutrient Turf2Surf project I investigated how land use and soil depth affect the potential for soil organic matter priming.
- The current UK-SCaPE project on soil organic carbon dynamics aims to better understand the biotic and abiotic controls on soil processes. I am responsible for managing the project and field campaigns where soil cores to one-metre depths are taken to unravel the links between soil dynamics in topsoil and subsoil. We measure soil physical, chemical and biological properties across land uses and soil types across the UK to build our understanding on soils and to advance our SOC-D data and modelling framework.
- I manage and coordinate science at the Welsh long-term monitoring site for climate change research where we found that drought eroded the soil structure of the shallow organo-mineral soil.
- I am also part of a Newton Fund UK-China project coordinating work package activities across institutes in the UK to improve our understanding of the impact of soil carbon and nitrogen turnover on physical, chemical and biological soil properties.
- In the EU INTERREG project FABulous Farmers we aim to review and identify sustainable land management interventions in different EU countries.
News and blog posts
- On the track of soil carbon - in an ancient wood
- On the track of soil carbon - along the Roman roads
- On the track of soil carbon - out and about across the UK
- Securing the UK's natural carbon storage
- NERC Council visit to CEH at Bangor
- Climate manipulation experiment receives new infrastructure
- On slurry crusts, greenhouse gas emissions and methane-consuming bacteria
- On how to maximise the contribution of long-term experiments to global science...
- Soils store carbon - or do they?
- Future climate change affects plants and soils differently
- Global study indicates warming will lead to soil carbon loss
- 2013 - present: Soil Ecologist, Band 6, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor, UK
- 2012-2013: Post Doc (Soil Ecologist), Technical University of Denmark, DK
- 2009-2012: PhD (Climate Change, Soil Ecology), Technical University of Denmark, DK
- 2003-2009: Master of Science (Biology), Friedrich-Schiller Universitaet Jena, DE
- Soil carbon and nitrogen
- Soil carbon cycling and storage
- Soil microbial community assessment
- Stable isotope ecology (C, N, O, H, CO2, PLFAs)
- Mixing models
- Data management