My research focus is on different aspects of sustainable soil management.
My PhD research at CAU in Kiel/Germany (2002-2006) has highlighted that sustainable soil management can improve soil for farming and forestry, whilst also protecting soil carbon (C) and sequestrating atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). I identified which soil tillage practices are most effective for improved C storage and maintenance of good soil structure, which are both vital for soil quality and crop production.
During my postdoctoral research at Swansea University (2006-2012), whilst working on two EU-funded projects ‘Water Re-Use’ and ‘DESIRE’, I worked on understanding land degradation mitigation strategies following wildfires, especially in relation to soil hydrology, soil erosion, soil organic matter and nutrient losses.
My most recent work funded by the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship was focused on the effect of soil management and climate change on soil hydrology and greenhouse gas emission form soils.