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Research Students

Hannah Cooper

Project: Can zero tillage mitigate change?

Based: University of Nottingham

Hannah Cooper
Beckie Draper

Project: Dynamics of metal nanoparticles in soil environments

Based: University of Nottingham and British Geological Survey (Keyworth)

Beckie Draper
Paul B.L. George

Project: Functional roles of belowground biodiversity on a national-scale: the importance of soil microbes and invertebrates across Wales

Based: Bangor University and CEH

Paul B.L. George
Malika Mezeli

Project: In-soil trophic interactions plants, rhizosphere bacteria and nematodes: availability of soil phosphoroous

Based: Lancaster University and James Hutton Institute (Dundee)

Malika Mezeli
Fiona Seaton

Project: How do we account for soil biodiversity and change to assess soil condition for the delivery of ecosystem services?

Based: Bangor University and CEH

Fiona Seaton
James Edgerley

Project: Long-term climate change effects on soil microbial diversity and function.

Based: Lancaster University

James Edgerley
Emily Dowdeswell

Project: Feedback mechanisms on soil susceptibility to erosion processes in a changing climate.

Based: Cranfield University

Emily Dowdeswell
Alex D Williams

Project: Antibiotic resistance on the farm: Evaluating the risks to soil, crop and human health

Based: University of Nottingham/James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen)

Alex D. Williams
Lewis Rose

Project: Variability of gas diffusion in soils: what can we learn from a naturally-occurring tracer?

Based: University of Nottingham / British Geological Survey

Lewis Rose
Lucy Greenfield

Project: Widening the bottleneck of the terrestrial nitrogen cycle

Based: Bangor University

Lucy Greenfield
Mihai Cimpoiasu

Project: Combining geoelectrical imaging and X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) for improved hydraulic characterisation of soils

Based: BGS/University of Nottingham 

Mihai Cimpoiasu
Daniel Evans

Project: New insights into soil formation, organic matter turnover and degradation of soils over long, decadal to millennial timescales

Daniel Evans
Rosanne Broyd

Project: Snow cover regulation of alpine soil ecosystem carbon release

Roseanne Broyd
Chris McCloskey

Project: Measuring and modelling plant-driven soil carbon dynamics

Chris McCloskey
Francis Parry Roberts

Project: Land use change and the effect on soil hydraulic function

Francis Parry Roberts
George Themistocleous

Project: Modelling plant variety dependent least limiting water range: assessing the limits to root elongation in field soil

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John Beale

Project: Towards field-scale soil moisture measurement using SAR remote sensing and the COSMOS-UK network

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Harry Barrat

Project: Influence of historical management and soil moisture on N2O emissions from grasslands

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Martha Ledger

Project: Where has the peat gone? Determining regional scale carbon losses from tropical peatlands following drainage and deforestation.

Based: University of Nottingham

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Jack Lort

Project: Measurement and modelling human dermal bioavailability of potentially harmful organic soil contaminants.

Based: BGS

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David Fidler

Project: Characterisingmicrobial lignocellulose degradation in soils using high-throughput in situcultivation and metagenomics

Based: Bangor University

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Luke Hillary

Project: Reducing the risk of viral contamination of the UK’s food and water supply

Based: Bangor University

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Anchen Kehler

Project: Soil Phosphine: The Missing Link in the Global Phosphorus Cycle

Based: Rothamsted Research and Lancaster University

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Benjamin Freeman

Project: Saving our lowland peat lands

Based: Bangor University

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Danielle Hunt

Project: On the pee! A mechanistic exploration of nitrogen and carbon cycling dynamics in the urine patch.

Based: Bangor University

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Corina Lees

Project: Controlling soil erosion in a changing climate: evaluating suitable plant species in grassed waterway design.

Based: Cranfield University

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Harry Harvey

Project: Impact of soil structure on microbial responses to environmental change.

Based: University of Nottingham

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Andy Tweedie

Project: Soil macronutrient cycles beneathour feet: predicting how soil carbon and nitrogen manipulation regulatesphosphorus cycling for environmental benefits.

Based: James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen

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Marta Cattin

Project:

Optimising the economic and environmental benefits of anaerobic digestion within UK agriculture

Based: Lancaster University

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Sam Musarika

Project: Mitigating the impacts of intensive agriculture on lowland organic soils

Based: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Bangor)

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Rose Durcan

Project: Climate smart grazing to restore tropical soils

Based: Lancaster University

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Jessica Potts

Project: Evaluating the long-term impact of neonicotinoids on the trophic cascade

Based: Bangor University

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Tom Bott

Project: Turning Down the Gas: what is the potential for microbial mitigation of methane leakage from soils?

Based: The University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey, Keyworth

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Leigh-Anne Kemp

Project: The role of soil fertility in the function of mycorrhizal associations.

Based: The University of Lancaster and the James Hutton Institute

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Katy Wiltshire

Project: Tracing the origin of sediments and C across the terrestrial-aquatic continuum: A holistic approach to assess climate change and water quality threats

Based: Cranfield University

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Alumni

Heather Ruscoe

Project: Rhizosphere bacteria promote sustainable crop growth.

Heather Ruscoe
Jasmine Burr-Hersey

Project: Breaking new ground: novel the remediation and conditioning of soil.

Jasmine Burr-Hersey
Emma (Bea) Burak

Project: Do root traits affects a plant’s ability to alter soil erosion?

Emma Burak

Staff

Professor Phil Haygarth

Director of STARS
Lancaster University

Professor Phil Haygarth
Professor Davey Jones

Director of Training
Bangor University

Professor Davey Jones
Olivia Lawrenson

STARS Administrator
Lancaster University

Olivia Lawrenson

Local Academic Leads

Andrew Tye

British Geological Survey

Andrew Tye
David Robinson

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

David Robinson
Guy Kirk

Cranfield University

Guy Kirk
Eric Paterson

James Hutton Institute

Eric Paterson
Emma Sayer

Lancaster University

Emma Sayer
Steve McGrath

Rothamstead Research

Steve McGrath
Sacha Mooney

University of Nottingham

Sacha Mooney