Project Description

Associate Director for Research, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster, England

John is passionate about soil, the brown gold that underpins our very survival on the planet, but which most people take for granted. He has spent the last 25 years working on understanding the soil erosion processes that degrade soil functions, how we can protect soils better and how soils can cause the pollution of surface waters. His published work includes over 75 referenced journal papers including one of the most cited papers on soil erosion describing the European Soil Erosion model (EUROSEM). More recent papers examine the global linkages between soil erosion and the cycling of nutrients and carbon.

Liking to maintain an applied element to his research, John has been working on solutions to soil and water protection. These include an investigation into the impact of soil management on soil and nutrient losses and the use of wetlands to trap sediment before it reaches surface waters. He has recently completed the Mitigation options for Phosphorus and Sediment project (MOPS2). He is Associate Director for Research at the Lancaster Environment Centre and, until recently, was the Director of its Envision Doctoral Training Partnership.

When he is not working on Soil Science John likes to deploy soil through the medium of paint (most of the earth pigments are derived from soil!). His paintings draw inspiration from the natural environment, and particularly the woods and mountains close to Lancaster.