• West Mains Road, Kings Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

My research interests focus on the synthesis and analysis of data and information from cropping and livestock systems. Key interests include:

  • how agricultural systems impact on the environment and how an understanding of these issues can inform economic and social models of the farming system
  • the role of legumes on the sustainability of cropping systems
  • rotation management on the sustainability of the system
  • nutrient flows/budgets in agricultural systems
  • impact of climate on agricultural systems

I have extensive experience of EU funded research programmes and other multi-partner projects and data management within these projects.


Main supervisor for 1 PhD student and associate supervisor for 1 PhD student.


Co-ordinator for MSc Sustainability of Food Production module.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Aberdeen

Oct 1983Jun 1987

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

PhD, University of Glasgow

Oct 1992May 0199

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Master, University of York

Oct 1987Oct 1988

Award Date: 1 May 1989

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Research Output

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Global Research Alliance N 2O chamber methodology guidelines: Summary of modeling approaches

    Giltrap, D., Yeluripati, J. B., Smith, P., Fitton, N., Smith, W. N., Grant, B., Dorich, C. D., Deng, J., Topp, CFE., Abdalla, M., Liang, L. L. & Snow, V., 30 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Environmental Quality.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Global research alliance N2O chamber methodology guidelines: statistical considerations, emission factor calculation, and data reporting

    de Klein, CAM., Alfaro, M. A., Giltrap, D., Topp, CFE., Simon, P. L., Noble, A. & van der Weerden, TJ., 17 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Environmental Quality. p. 1-12 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Impacts of climate change on livestock and possible adaptations: a case study of the United Kingdom

    Wreford, A. & Topp, CFE., Feb 2020, In : Agricultural Systems. 178, 102737.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Multi-model evaluation of nitrous oxide emissions from an intensively managed grassland

    Fuchs, K., Merbold, L., Buchmann, N., Bretscher, D., Brilli, L., Fitton, N., Topp, CFE., Klumpp, K., Lieffering, M., Martin, R., Newton, P. CD., Rees, RM., Rolinski, S., Smith, P. & Snow, V., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Geophysical Research. 125, 1, e2019JG005261.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)


    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



    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Advances in Legume Science and Practice

    Rob Carlton (Member of programme committee), Barbara Smith (Member of programme committee), Kairsty Topp (Member of programme committee) & Christine Watson (Member of programme committee)

    21 Mar 202122 Mar 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Soil Improvement: Impact of Management Practices on Soil Function and Quality

    Felicity Crotty (Member of programme committee), Kate Smith (Member of programme committee) & Kairsty Topp (Participant)

    31 Oct 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...