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Science Panel

Our Science Panel comprises leading experts on soil health issues representing scientific interests in agri-economics, soil biology, structure, security, ecology, monitoring and metrics.  The Panel provides advice on technical and research aspects of soil health and contributes to guidance and position statements as well as our collaborations with the non-scientific community.

Professor Chris Collins (Chair)  Coord.  Soil Security Programme ; Professor of Environmental Science, University of Reading

Professor Chris Collins (Chair)

Coord. Soil Security Programme; Professor of Environmental Science, University of Reading

Professor Bridget Emmett  Science Area Head - Soils and Land Use, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Professor Bridget Emmett

Science Area Head - Soils and Land Use, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Professor Jane Rickson  Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation, Cranfield University - Soil and Agrifood Institute

Professor Jane Rickson

Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation, Cranfield University - Soil and Agrifood Institute

Professor Jonathan Leake  F.I. Soil Sci. Plant-Soil Interactions, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield  The interaction of plant roots and associated microorganisms to deliver soil quality and functions. Studies with UK farmers to analyse how soil quality in croplands can be improved by diverse rotations  and reduced tillage, assessing benefits to farmers such as crop yields, reduced fertilizer costs and drought/flood resilience, and to the public from carbon sequestration and soil water infiltration and storage.  

Professor Jonathan Leake

F.I. Soil Sci. Plant-Soil Interactions, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

The interaction of plant roots and associated microorganisms to deliver soil quality and functions. Studies with UK farmers to analyse how soil quality in croplands can be improved by diverse rotations and reduced tillage, assessing benefits to farmers such as crop yields, reduced fertilizer costs and drought/flood resilience, and to the public from carbon sequestration and soil water infiltration and storage.  

Professor Karen Johnson   Environmental Engineering, Durham University;  Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing Fellow  An environmental engineer with a passion for soil and raising understanding around the role of mineral-organic interactions in maintaining and enhancing soil health. Using sustainable soil improvement technologies to enhance soil functions like flood and drought resilience; working in the global north and south, with Parliament and the UN to raise soil up the political agenda.

Professor Karen Johnson

Environmental Engineering, Durham University; Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing Fellow

An environmental engineer with a passion for soil and raising understanding around the role of mineral-organic interactions in maintaining and enhancing soil health. Using sustainable soil improvement technologies to enhance soil functions like flood and drought resilience; working in the global north and south, with Parliament and the UN to raise soil up the political agenda.

Dr. Elizabeth Stockdale  Head of Farming Systems, National Institute of Agricultural Botany  Currently leading the AHDB-BBRO Soil Biology & Soil Health Research  Knowledge Exchange Partnership. Actively engaged with the UK agricultural sector, particularly on the development of soil health indicators. Previously Snr Lecturer / Director of Learning & Teaching at the  School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development (Newcastle University, 2004 -2017) leading on soil-plant-microbial interactions and the impacts of agricultural management on soil health. 

Dr. Elizabeth Stockdale

Head of Farming Systems, National Institute of Agricultural Botany

Currently leading the AHDB-BBRO Soil Biology & Soil Health Research Knowledge Exchange Partnership. Actively engaged with the UK agricultural sector, particularly on the development of soil health indicators. Previously Snr Lecturer / Director of Learning & Teaching at the School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development (Newcastle University, 2004 -2017) leading on soil-plant-microbial interactions and the impacts of agricultural management on soil health.