We use state of the art approaches (e.g. radio- and stable-isotopes, high temporal resolution soil and water sensors, in-field mobile greenhouse gas emission chambers, advanced ‘omics approaches) to gain improved fundamental understanding of nutrient (e.g. N, P, K and S) and carbon cycling in terrestrial (agriculture, forestry, natural), marginal (coastal, wetlands) and aquatic (rivers, lakes and ocean) systems.
Our focus is in quantifying impacts of environmental change and management practices on the fate of nutrients, heavy metals, carbon and emerging pollutants (e.g. microplastics) in various land uses, and using this knowledge to test innovative solutions to societal challenges. Research includes optimising nutrient use efficiencies of inorganic and organic resource inputs to soils (enhanced efficiency fertilisers, advanced processing of organic resources) and reducing diffuse pollution to water (e.g. nitrate, phosphate, heavy metals, pathogens including viruses, microplastics) and air (e.g. greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions). We collaborate with many research groups across the globe, in contrasting climates, in a range of intensities of land use systems, and on different soil types.
Our research is published in high impact journals and is used to underpin and influence policy and practice.