Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Long term phosphorus in the Thames, Maumee and Yangtze rivers basins

Thanks to Matt Scholtz from the US EPA Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance, here is a video talking head summary of our recent paper on long term in Nature Geosciences.   The doi of the paper is doi:10.1038/ngeo2693 and you can click on this for a link.  The take home point from this reminds us of the slow speed that P moves through the land water system.


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Thanks to Danilo

Danilo Almeida had spent the last 12 months working with the team in the lab on organic phosphorus mobilisation in soils. Danilo is completing his PhD on the effect of tropical grasses on soil phosphorus availability to soybean, in collaboration with São Paulo State University, Brazil. It's been a pleasure to work with you Danilo. Dan left me a bottle of Cachaca - so it looks like a summer of Caipirinha cocktails!  



Monday, 3 July 2017

Thank-you (Herr Doctor Professor) Daniel Blackburn...

Last week I said goodbye to one of the best Post Doctoral Scientists I have had working with the team, as 'Herr Dr' Daniel Blackburn moved on to start a 'grown up' academic career in the University of Oman (graduating from our mutual joke 'Herr Doctor' to 'Herr Professor'!).  Daniel has been a very active and hard working soil biogeochemist who originates from Brazil but joined the team from a job in Germany. He has helped develop new insight into phosphorus and particularly organic phosphorus forms in soil and its mobility.  We have also had a lot of fun together working and travelling the world including visits to Panama, Montpellier, Germany and Austria.  It was fun Daniel - thank you.  Here are some photos we took last week at the farewell pub lunch trip, as well as some in December 2015 in Germany.  Before he moves to Oman, Daniel will spend the summer working in collaboration with my team and Roland Bol in Germany, with whom he is pictured in 2015 here. Keep in touch fine fellow - the collaboration continues......

Friday, 30 June 2017

Farewell Jinchuan....

Today we say goodbye to Jinchuan Ma who worked with me and Ben Surridge at Lancaster University for the last 6 months. Jinchuan was visiting from the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Beijing China, and has been studying a phosphorus mass balance at the regional scale in China, as part of his PhD.  

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The business of soil?

Today I am with Jess Davies and colleagues from Lancaster University visiting The University of Lausanne.  Jess gave a terrific vision for the business case for soil pointing out the underlying value and contribution of soil to the world economy, providing a basis for food production, clean water etc.. Whilst I cannot argue with this as an academic, I wonder how successful we really are at communicating this at 'grass roots' level.  I still think there is a lot of work to do selling the case for #soil.  Meanwhile, good job Jess....

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Elusive Entisols: STARS Soil Science Training in Tenerife #starsoil #starstnr

Last week fourteen of us, 4 teachers and 10 PhD students, spent a week long training course with Cohort 1 of the STARS Soils CDT training on the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera. It was an inspiring week where we saw many soil types in different stages of soil development among the volcanic islands .

We saw the start of soil formation on the sand dunes of El Medano with entisols:

Witnessed soil development in the more moisture rich pine forest on the sides of Mt Teide:

More entisols in the arid Caldera of Mt. Teide...

On the final day we crossed the sea to the more mature and eroded and weathered island of La Gomera, and witnessed well developed soils with some beautifully partnered oxisols....

The full team!
An inspirational week among some great students and great teachers of soils - thanks all.

My full set of pictures are here on Flickr, please use all you like but do credit the source please.


Monday, 26 September 2016

The Treatment Train - Mitigating Agricultural Pollution

Here's a great piece of work from my colleagues Nick Barber and Sim Reaney from EdenDTC on their approach to mitigating diffuse pollution from agriculture - including a drone fly over Newby Beck in the Eden Valley. Nice work guys!

The Treatment Train - Mitigating agricultural diffuse pollution from source to stream from Sim Reaney on Vimeo.