I have been a lecturer in soil science at Stirling University since 2008.
NERC Peer Review College member
British Society of Soil Science Council member –
My research centres around understanding processes and landscapes of soil change. My work has two main themes:
Soil Carbon Dynamics - As a SAGES lecturer I am part of a Scotland wide pooling initiative researching terrestrial carbon dynamics, current and recent projects in this area include:
Effect of commercial forestry operations, including destumping, on soil disturbance, in collaboration with Forest Research and UPM Tilhill Ltd.
Assessing spatial variability of carbon, iron and aluminium concentrations in gleyed soils as a means of understanding the stabilisation of soil organic carbon. NERC small grant in collaboration with University of Edinburgh.
Soil organic cabon stabilisation processes in paddy soils. Carnegie grant for field sampling in Sri Lanka.
Effect of soil structure on SOC distribution and lability. NERC funded PhD project in collaboration with Rothamstead Research Institute, and EU COST funded project in collaboration with Universities of Torino and Bologna.
Geoarchaeology - The application of soil science techniques, particularly soil micromorphology and soil geochemistry, to address archaeological questions of site formation processes and space use, Current and recent projects in this area include:
InterArChive: Geochemical soil signatures of burials and burial practice. A collaborative ERC project with Don Brothwell, University of York.
Development of SASSA (Soil Analysis Support System for Archaeologists). NERC knowledge transfer grant.
Multi-element soil analysis to aid interpretation of space use on archaeological sites. NERC and Historic Scotland funded collaboration with University of York.
Site formation processes at the Xeropolis-Lefkandi tell site, Greece. Collaboration with University of Oxford.
Development of soil quality indicators for cultural heritage preservation. DEFRA funded as part of UK Soil Indicators Consortium.
The Geoarchaeology of 16th and 17th Century Alum and Copperas industry around Poole Harbour. In collaboration with the Poole Habour Heritage Project.