• West Mains Road, Kings Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

1989 …2020

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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

Award Date: 1 Jun 1985

Bachelor, University of Exeter

Award Date: 30 Jun 1981


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

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Research Output

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
  • 19 Citations (Scopus)
    31 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
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    21 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
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    17 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
  • 19 Citations (Scopus)
    8 Downloads (Pure)

    A model-data fusion approach to analyse carbon dynamics in managed grasslands

    Myrgiotis, V., Blei, E., Clement, R., Jones, SK., Keane, B., Lee, M. A., Levy, P. E., Rees, RM., Skiba, U. M., Smallman, T. L., Toet, S. & Williams, M., Sep 2020, In : Agricultural Systems. 184, 102907.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Datasets

    Carbon and nitrogen flux, meteorological, management and soil data from a grazed, cut and fertilised temperate grassland in south east Scotland

    Jones, S. (Contributor), Helfter, C. (Creator), Anderson, M. (Creator), Coyle, M. (Creator), Campbell, C. (Contributor), Famulari, D. (Creator), Di Marco, C. (Creator), Van Dijk, N. (Creator), Tang, Y. S. (Creator), Topp, K. (Contributor), Kiese, R. (Creator), Kindler, R. (Creator), Siemens, J. (Creator), Schrumpf, M. (Creator), Kaiser, K. (Creator), Nemitz, E. (Creator), Levy, P. E. (Creator), Rees, B. (Contributor), Sutton, M. A. (Creator) & Skiba, U. M. (Creator), NERC Environmental Information Data Centre, 1 Jan 2017


    River Tay, Scotland, water chemistry and greenhouse gas measurements 2009-2010

    Pickard, A. E. (Creator), Skiba, U. M. (Creator), Carvalho, L. (Creator), Heal, K. V. (Creator), Rees, B. (Contributor) & Harley, J. F. (Creator), Unknown Publisher, 1 Jan 2019



    Green Gown Award

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