STARS Projects

Project Title Lead Supervisor Researcher
Does soil biodiversity matter? Connecting diversity, function and the delivery of ecosystem services from soils Davey Jones Paul George
Dynamics of metal nanoparticles in soil environments Andrew Tye Beckie Draper
Accounting for soil change using ecostyems service approach David Robinson Fiona Seaton
In-soil trophic interactions between plants, rhizosphere bacteria and nematodes: improving availability of soil phosphorus Roy Neilson Malika Mezeli
Long-term climate change effects on soil microbial diversity and function Emma Sayer James Edgerly
Mitigating soil erosion by manipulating root system architecture John Quinton Emma (Bea) Burak
Breaking new ground: novel plants for the remediation and conditioning of soil structure Karl Ritz Jasmine Burr-Hersey
Can reduced tillage mitigate against climate change? Sacha Mooney Hannah Cooper
Rhizosphere bacteria promote sustainable crop growth Penny Hirsch Heather Ruscoe
Widening the bottleneck of the terrestrial nitrogen cycle Davey Jones Lucy Greenfield
Combining geoelectrical imaging and X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) for improved hydraulic characterisation of soils Oliver Kuras Mihai Cimpoiasu
Land Use Change Impacts on Soil Hydraulic Function David Robinson Francis Parry Roberts
Feedback mechanisms on soil susceptibility to erosion processes in a changing climate Robert Grabowski Emily Dowdeswell
Measuring and modelling plant-driven soil carbon dynamics Guy Kirk Chris McCloskey
Modelling plant variety dependent least limiting water range: assessing the limits to root elongation in field soil Tracy Valentine George Themistocleous
New insights into soil formation, organic matterturnover and degradation of soils over long, decadal to millennial timescales John Quinton Daniel Evans
Snow cover regulation of alpine soil ecosystem carbon release Nick Ostle Rosanne Broyd
Antecedent effects of catch crops upon the cycling of phosphorus in agro-ecosystems and scavenging of plant-fixed phosphorus by the soil microbiome. Andrew Neal Sam Reynolds
Antibiotic resistance on the farm: Evaluating the risks to soil, crop and human health Helen West  Alexander Williams
Variability of gas diffusion in soils: what can we learn from a naturally-occurring tracer? George Shaw Lewis Rose
Characterising microbial lignocellulose degradation in soils using high-throughput in situ cultivation and metagenomics James McDonald David Fidler
Evaluating the long-term impact of neonicotinoids on the trophic cascade Paul Cross Jessica Potts
Turning down the gas: what is the potential for microbial mitigation of methane leakage from soils? Simon Gregory Tom Bott
Mitigating the impacts of intensive agriculture on lowland organic soils Chrisopher Evans Sam Musarika
Towards field-scale soil moisture measurement using SAR remote sensing and the COSMOS-UK network Toby Waine John Beale
Climate-smart grazing to restore tropical soils? Mariana Rufino Rose Durcan
The role of soil fertility in the function of mycorrhizal associations Emma Sayer Leigh-Anne Kemp
Soil phosphine: the missing link in the global phosphorus cycle Martin Blackwell Anchen Kehler
Impact of soil structure on microbial responses to environmental change Simon Avery Harry Harvey
Where has the peat gone? Determining regional scale carbon losses from tropical peatlands following drainage and deforestation Sofie Sjogersten Martha Ledger
Soil macronutrient cycles beneath our feet: predicting how soil carbon and nitrogen manipulation regulates phosphorus cycling for environmental benefits Marc Stutter Andrew Tweedie
Measurement and modelling human dermal bioavailability of potentially harmful organic soil contaminants Christopher Vane Jack Lort
Saving our lowland peatlands Davey Jones Benjamin Freeman
Reducing the risk of viral contamination of the UK’s food and water supply James McDonald Luke Hillary
On the pee! A mechanistic understanding of N and C cycling in the urine patch to deliver improved Carbon Footprinting of livestock products Dave Chadwick Danielle Hunt
Influence of historical management and soil moisture on N2O emissions from grasslands Laura Cardenas Harry Barrat
Optimising the economic and environmental benefits of anaerobic digestion within UK agriculture Ben Surridge Marta Cattin
Controlling soil erosion in a changing climate: evaluating suitable plant species in grassed waterway design Robert Simmons Corina Lees
Tracing the origin of sediments and C across the terrestrial–aquatic continuum: a holistic approach to assess climate change and water quality threats Jeronen Meersmans Katy Wiltshire