• West Mains Road, Kings Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

1992 …2022
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Personal profile

Research interests

A Professor in Agriculture and Climate Change, with research interests in carbon sequestration, agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation. A soil and environmental scientist, with a long established history of research in nitrogen and carbon cycling and soil management in a range of crop and soil systems. A significant involvement in EU funded research programmes, and recently co-ordinated Legume-Futures an EU Framework project on the role of legumes in farming systems. A participant in the recent projects on Marginal Abatement Cost Curves, and in an EU project on climate change adaptation. Currently expanding research activities on greenhouse gas mitigation in China and South Asia.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Aberdeen

Bachelor, University of Exeter


  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Soil science
  • Greenhouse gas
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate change
  • Nitrogen
  • Soil
  • Legume

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nitrous oxide Earth & Environmental Sciences
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fertilizer Earth & Environmental Sciences
mitigation Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Projects 2015 2022

South Asian Nitrogen Hub

Rees, B., Eory, V., Glenk, K. & Begho, T.


Project: Research

Research Output 1992 2020

3 Citations (Scopus)
20 Downloads (Pure)

A critical review of the impacts of cover crops on nitrogen leaching, net greenhouse gas balance and crop productivity

Abdalla, M., Hastings, A., Cheng, K., Yue, Q., Chadwick, D., Espenberg, M., Truu, J., Rees, RM. & Smith, P., Aug 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 8, p. 2530-2543 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
greenhouse gases
cover crops
1 Citation (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Lysine supply is a critical factor in achieving sustainable global protein economy

Leinonen, I., Iannetta, PPM., Rees, RM., Russell, W., Watson, CA. & Barnes, AP., 24 Apr 2019, In : Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 3, 27.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
agricultural land
land use
animal proteins
6 Downloads (Pure)

Estimating the soil N2O emission intensity of croplands in northwest Europe

Myrgiotis, VM., Williams, M., Rees, RM. & Topp, CFE., 18 Apr 2019, In : Biogeosciences. 16, 8, p. 1641-1655 15 p., bg-2018-490.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
soil emission
uncertainty analysis
agricultural ecosystem
12 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Chinese cropping systems are a net source of greenhouse gases despite soil carbon sequestration

Gao, B., Huang, T., Ju, X., Gu, B., Huang, W., Xu, L., Rees, RM., Powlson, DS., Smith, P. & Cui, S., 17 Aug 2018, In : Global Change Biology. 24, 12, p. 5590 - 5606 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
soil carbon
carbon sequestration
cropping practice
greenhouse gas

Characterising the biophysical, economic and social impacts of soil carbon sequestration as a greenhouse gas removal technology

Sykes, AJ., MacLeod, M., Eory, V., Rees, RM., Payen, FP., Myrgiotis, VM., Williams, M., Sohi, S., Hillier, J., Moran, D., Manning, D., Goglio, P., Seghetta, M., Williams, A. G., Harris, J., Dondini, M., Walton, J., House, J. & Smith, P., 18 Sep 2019, In : Global Change Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Carbon Sequestration
social impact
greenhouse gases
economic impact
Social Change


Green Gown Award

Eileen Wall (Recipient), Bob Rees (Recipient) & Veronika Eory (Recipient), 2010